To restore teeth, dental veneers are a common treatment. A veneer not only transforms a smile if you have a chipped or broken tooth, but it can improve the function of the mouth. A veneer is strong enough to withstand the force of chewing. Veneers also protect the tooth from further damage. If you are interested in pursuing this method, your dentist can help you understand the process and what types of veneers are available.
An overview of dental veneers
Crowns cover the entire tooth. On the other hand, a veneer bonds to the front of a tooth. It is a thin shell that covers the surface. It conceals blemishes and improves the appearance of a tooth.
Veneers can last up to 10 years or more. Their life span depends on how well the patient takes care of them. Patients commonly choose veneers to repair damage to a tooth. However, this can be a good option to improve the color, shape, and size of a tooth as well.
What the process is like
Similar to getting a crown, patients will usually have to visit the cosmetic dentistry office two or three times to get a veneer. The first appointment will include a consultation where the dentist explains the benefits of dental veneers. The dentist will take X-rays and make impressions of the teeth. At an off-site lab, a technician will begin crafting the veneer to correct specifications according to the impressions.
At another visit, the dentist will numb the patient and reshape the tooth so that the veneer fits properly. The dentist removes a small amount of enamel and etches the tooth. This makes the surface rough, so the veneer will bond with the tooth more effectively. The dentist will place a temporary veneer on the affected tooth. At the next appointment, once the permanent veneer is ready, the dentist attaches it to the tooth using dental cement. The dentist will ensure that it matches the color of the surrounding teeth and feels comfortable.
Porcelain is the most common material that the dentist will use with dental veneers. This material is strong and durable, allowing the patient to bite into most foods. It is also not difficult to form it into the desired shape to blend in well with the natural teeth in the mouth. Porcelain is not likely to discolor over time either.
These dental veneers have some differences from their porcelain counterparts. The dentist will apply a composite resin material to the front of the tooth. The dentist will then use a tool to smooth and polish any roughness. Going forward, if the veneer suffers any damage, the dentist can once again smooth it to make it more natural-looking.
A good choice for your new smile
If you do not like the way your smile looks, dental veneers are a viable way to change it. Your dentist can offer either porcelain or composite veneers to restore the appearance and function of the affected tooth. Talk to your dentist today about whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. You can then decide which material would most effectively meet your needs.
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