Dental veneers are most often made from dental-grade ceramic. They are simple restorations used primarily to make aesthetic changes to the patient's smile by altering the contour, color, and structure of the teeth. Since veneers are wafer-thin, it is relatively easy to fabricate them and bond them to the frontal surface of the teeth.
What are veneers used for?
Patients with the following dental conditions are ideal candidates for porcelain veneers:
Severely worn out teeth: Patients with oral conditions like bruxism or subconscious clenching of the jaw often experience excessive wear of the teeth. Such teeth can be lengthened using veneers.
Cracked teeth: Sustaining oral trauma could lead to cracked teeth. If left untreated, the crack could become more significant and lead to the failure of the tooth. Hence, it is best to get such teeth restored.
Chipped or misshapen teeth: Teeth that are naturally out of shape or have got a certain edge chipped can ruin the aesthetics of your smile. They can be reshaped using dental veneers.
Excessively spaced teeth: A wider jaw ridge could lead to excessive spaces between the teeth, thereby making the smile look displeasing. Such excessive gaps can be eliminated using veneers.
Discolored teeth: Teeth whitening is the go-to procedure to eliminate the stains on the teeth’ surface. But, when the extent of discoloration is severe, it would be more effective to bond a veneer to its frontal surface and improve its aesthetics.
How are veneers placed?
Veneers are quite simple restorations that do not require you to spend long hours in the dental chair. During the initial screening, scans and digital-x-rays will be taken to get a better view of the teeth and understand the severity of the condition. The data from the scans will be used to create a digital impression and sent to a dental laboratory for use as a reference to fabricate the veneer.
Once the veneer is ready, the teeth will be prepared for the bonding procedure. They will be cleaned and etched using a suitable solution to roughen the surface. This helps the veneer adhere well to the surface of the tooth. The bonding process will be done using dental adhesives and will be hardened using a curing light. Finally, a bite test will be conducted to ensure the restoration hasn't altered your natural bite. It will be polished to give it just the right luster.
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