What are Veneers?
Dental Veneers or Dental Laminates are thin shells made of tooth-coloured materials designed to enhance the appearance of the teeth. They are custom made and used to address issues such as crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, chipped teeth and discoloured teeth. Aesthetic problems aside, dental veneers are incredibly effective in resolving any physical issues you have with your teeth.
What is the process of getting Veneers?
Step 1: Diagnosis and treatment planning
Your dentist will help you to understand what you want to achieve from the whole procedure. During this visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and explain the procedure as well as the limitations. Impressions and Pictures will be taken of the teeth to create a custom design of your new smile.
Step 2: Preparation
Once the design is approved, some of the enamel will be removed from your teeth to prepare for the veneers to be placed. Most of the time, local anaesthetic is not required, but will be given if necessary.
Step 3: Mock Up
On the same visit as Step 2, your smile will be mocked up into your mouth using Temporary Plastic Veneers. This allows you and the dentist to check the design before manufacture.
Step 4: Bonding
The dentist will check the real veneers before bonding them to your teeth. The veneers are bonded using a special cement. After bonding, the dentist will remove the excess cement and adjust the shape of the veneers.
Step 5: Fine Tuning
Patients may come back to fine tune the smile with minor adjustments.
What are the different types of Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are commonly the chosen veneers of choice due to their strength, reliability, longevity and natural appearance. Not only are porcelain veneers crafted specifically to fit your natural teeth, but they are also a lot more stain-resistant compared to composite veneers. However, they are more expensive and usually require two sessions to be fitted.
Composite veneers are made of plastic or resin and can be fitted in a single appointment. They are also cheaper compared to porcelain veneers. Hence, composite veneers are a perfect short-term option for those looking for an affordable and convenient alternative. However, composite veneers are not as stain-resistant or as strong.
Depending on your preference, lifestyle habits and location of the tooth that requires veneers, your dentist will recommend the best option for you.
How long do Veneers last?
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last, conservatively, from 15-20 years and composite veneers can last 5-8 years. Depending on the patient and their oral hygiene, sometimes veneers can last up to 20-30 years.
What’s the difference between Veneers and Teeth Bonding?
Veneers are made with composite or porcelain resin to look like a whole natural tooth, while teeth bonding uses composite resin to fill a missing part of your tooth or to alter the colour of a stained part of a tooth.
How do I take care of my veneers?
Porcelain veneers require very little maintenance as they are not porous like our natural teeth and hence are extremely stain-resistant. The colour is permanent for the lifespan of the veneer. With porcelain veneers, the natural tooth underneath is protected so there is rarely any chance of decay.
However, you should always practice good dental hygiene for the healthiest smile possible.
- Brush your teeth regularly. Twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed! There is no need to over brush them as well.
- Floss. This will help to make sure that you do not get any food stuck between your teeth. It is just good dental hygiene!
- Go for regular cleanings with your dentist. No matter how well you brush, you will not be able to clean as thoroughly as the dentist can!
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