Dental veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dentistry methods. Veneers are thin covering made of either composite resin or porcelain material. Porcelain veneers mimic the natural look of teeth as well as provide strength and resilience comparable to natural enamel. The materials are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth's original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.
Benefits of Veneer:
Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discoloured, badly stained, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned or irregularly shaped and to fix gaps between teeth. The process to apply veneers is minimally invasive.
- The dentist will remove a very small amount of the enamel of the tooth to provide room to place the veneer.
- An impression of the teeth will be made for veneer to be made by a laboratory. A temporary veneer will be used until the permanent veneers come back from the lab.
- Once the veneer is ready, the dentist can place it on the prepared tooth and cement it in place.
- Dentist will remove any excess material and polish the margins of the veneer.
Points to note:
You should avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or fingernails. Be extra careful when eating hard foods. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, it is highly recommended to use mouth guards or retainers to protect your veneers. If you play sports, you should also wear a mouth guard.