Veneers are ceramic restorations that are used for several purposes in dentistry. They mimic the contour of natural teeth but are wafer-thin. They are fixed to the frontal surface of teeth and help them from being severely discolored, misshapen, chipped, excessively spaced, misaligned, and worn out. Veneers not only bring about an aesthetic change but also restore the tooth to its ideal functionality.
What are the advantages of veneers?
- Veneers are exceptionally thin. They do not add volume to the existing tooth structure.
- Though they are very thin, they are extremely durable.
- Veneers can be used for several cosmetic as well as restorative purposes.
- The treatment time taken for the entire procedure is minimal.
- A very little amount of enamel needs to be removed before bonding a veneer to the tooth, thereby saving a majority of your natural tooth.
- Veneers are fabricated from dental-grade ceramic that is resistant to staining.
- It is not easy to spot a veneer even if someone takes a closer look at your teeth.
How are veneers placed?
During the first consultation, the dentist will visually examine your teeth and conduct a few tests to determine your candidacy. The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly, and a thin layer of enamel will be removed by gently buffing it. A highly precise digital mold will be taken and shared with a dental laboratory. It takes only a few days for the veneer to be fabricated, after which the dentist will schedule the follow-up appointment.
During the second visit, the dentist prepares the tooth for the restoration. It will be cleaned and etched using an etching solution. This roughens the tooth surface and allows the veneer to be bonded firmly to it. The veneer will be placed on the tooth and checked for fit. If any changes are required, the dentist will make them and bond it to the tooth using dental adhesives. A curing light is used to harden the adhesive, after which it will be polished. The dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of the veneer so that it can last a long time.
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