Veneers are a great option to dramatically improve your smile by covering up the chips, cracks, or stains in your teeth. Dental veneers are thin tooth-coloured shells of porcelain or composite material that are custom made to fit over your teeth. Veneers are often used to improve the appearance of front teeth and can result in a significant enhancement of the attractiveness of your smile.
What are the dental problems that veneers can correct?
Veneers are commonly used to correct a wide variety of problems relating to a patient’s smile. They can be used in the following situations:
- There are wide spaces or gaps between the teeth.
- The teeth are crooked.
- There are chips or cracks on the surface of the teeth.
- Teeth have been stained too severely, or the stains are intrinsic and cannot be removed by teeth whitening.
- The existing fillings of the teeth have become stained and unsightly.
Bear in mind that dental veneers are used only to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. If there are underlying issues such as overbites or underbites, you may require orthodontic treatment for a more natural and permanent solution.
Different types of veneers
Primarily two types of dental veneers are used:
- Porcelain veneers
- Composite resin veneers
Porcelain veneers are made from ceramic material and are highly durable. Composite veneers are made from tooth-coloured filling material.
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells and last many years once bonded to the tooth. Just be careful that you don’t chew on hard objects and maintain oral hygiene. Porcelain veneers are translucent and they look exactly like natural teeth. They are less susceptible to staining because the ceramic material is very smooth. The one disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that they are not made chairside, so you will have to wait for around 2 weeks while a dental laboratory fabricates it to your specifications. You will also need a minimum of two visits for the procedure.
Composite veneers are made chairside, so you can get it done in just one visit. An appropriate amount of tooth structure is removed from the surface of the tooth to allow the placement of the veneer. A bonding agent is applied on the prepared tooth and then the composite resin is placed. Light is used to cure and resin and fix it permanently to the tooth. The veneer is finished and polished to resemble the rest of your natural teeth. Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain but are more prone to chipping and accumulating stains.
Broken porcelain veneers cannot be repaired, they must be replaced. So you have to ensure that you care for them properly if you want them to last a long time.
What does the procedure involve?
The veneers are fixed typically in two visits. During the first visit, we examine your teeth and discuss your expectations from the procedure. The colour shades for the veneers are selected and the teeth will be prepared for the veneers to be fixed. After the teeth are prepared, an impression is taken so the veneers can be custom-made to perfectly fit the teeth. If required, we place temporary veneers while the permanent ones are prepared in the lab.
During the second visit, the permanent veneers are fixed over the prepared teeth after removing the temporary ones. We will also discuss the shape, colour, fit etc. and discuss if any changes need to be made before they are permanently fixed to the teeth. After the veneers are fixed, we polish the veneers and there you have it, your brand new smile.
Please contact us to learn more about dental veneers. Our team will help you to find an appointment at your convenience.