One of the latest breakthroughs in cosmetic dentistry is the dental veneer. Dental veneers have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the many imperfections of the teeth that they address. The list of physical conditions that dental veneers work to correct include:
- Chipped teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Worn Out Teeth
- Discolored Teeth
How Dental Veneers Work
Dental veneers are a like a small porcelain jacket that sits on the front of the tooth and greatly improves its appearance. The wafer thin porcelain jacket is so thin that it is virtually transparent, nevertheless, it does an excellent job of hiding any visible imperfections in the tooth below.
Porcelain veneers also have the added benefit of being highly resistant to stains. And people who have suffered deep staining caused by years of smoking or drinking –especially red wine and coffee– are quite pleased to discover these veneers tend to resist staining even more than natural teeth.
But the greatest attribute that porcelain veneers offer is that they look completely real. The way that the veneer is fitted to the tooth and even the way it absorbs and reflects light is completely natural.
The Veneering Process
Veneers must be individually developed for the tooth on to which they will be applied and this means that an impression must be taken of the specific tooth or teeth. From the impression taken of the tooth a cast is made and the porcelain jacket fitted to be an exact match to the tooth.
The next step is to prepare the tooth to wear the veneer and this requires removing a small amount of the tooth’s enamel from the natural tooth –it is important to remember that this procedure is irreversible and if your veneer should become damaged it will need to be replaced.
After the tooth is prepared the veneer is attached with series of special glues and bonding agents that will keep the veneer in place.
Something to consider before having veneers attached to the teeth is that they can’t be bleached or the color modified in any way.
With this in mind, if you were planning on having your teeth lightened you may want to have the procedure done before the veneers are fitted –this way the color of the veneer (which can’t be changed) will match the lighter shades of your whitened teeth.
Another point is on teeth that have been damaged or worn away due to teeth grinding –a condition sometimes caused by prolonged bouts anxiety. Individuals with teeth damaged by grinding would best choose different course of action as teeth grinding can easily damage veneers.
One final consideration is the material of the veneer. Many cosmetic practitioners will proffer a veneer made of an inferior material like plastic. Although these are initially a budget friendly option in the long run they tend to stain even faster than natural teeth do and this can eventually become even more pricey than the porcelain option.