Veneers are thin ceramic restorations that mimic the shape and structure of the natural teeth. They are bonded to the front surface of the teeth, thereby covering the surface imperfections. They are mainly used to bring about an aesthetic uplift and give you a more pleasing smile. Along with this, veneers treat problems like cracked, chipped, worn out, or excessively spaced teeth.
What is the procedure for getting a veneer?
Veneers are simple restorations that can be completed in a couple of visits to the dentist's practice. The dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly to get rid of the microbes and disinfect them. The tooth receiving the veneer will be buffed to remove a thin layer of enamel from its surface. This creates space for the veneer to be placed while keeping the tooth's size healthy. The dentist uses a digital hand-held scanning device to scan the tooth and create a digital mold. It will be shared with a dental laboratory to fabricate the restoration.
During the next visit, the dentist prepares the tooth for the restoration by cleaning it. The veneer will be placed on the tooth and checked for perfect fit and comfort. If it doesn't fit, minor changes will be made to its structure. An etching solution helps to roughen the tooth so that the veneer can adhere well to its surface. The dentist uses photosensitive dental adhesives to bond it to the tooth, after which it will be hardened using a curing light. It will be polished to enhance its appearance.
What are the advantages of veneers?
- The dentist fabricates veneers from a dental-grade ceramic material. It is highly customizable to match the exact color, texture, and transparency of the natural teeth.
- A very thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth. This way, veneers help you retain the natural tissues of the mouth.
- Veneers are highly durable.
- Veneers are versatile restorations used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes.
- Veneers do not require any extra care. Regular brushing and flossing the teeth will help to keep them in good shape.
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