The function of veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain or composite material coverings that are placed over the front or visible portion of the tooth.

They offer a long-lasting solution to many cosmetic concerns as well as functional problems. By imparting a natural look, veneers can pep up your smile and also help prevent several oral health issues. They are a preferred choice for those with chipped teeth, a gap between teeth, or misshapen teeth. Though veneers are not a permanent solution strictly in the technical sense, but with proper care and maintenance, they may never need replacement and actually last a lifetime.

Problems that veneers can help solve

Usually, veneers are used to treat dental conditions that include:

  • Stained or discolored teeth where bleaching has turned out to be ineffective
  • Chipped teeth
  • Crooked or distorted teeth
  • Irregular spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
  • Replacing damaged enamel

Types of veneers

Porcelain and composite resin are the two primary types of veneers.

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells made of ceramic that are bonded to the visible part of the tooth. These are preferred since they are strong and durable; have a more natural appearance, and don’t stain easily.

Composite resin veneers are made from tooth-coloured filling material and are usually less expensive than porcelain veneers. Other advantages of this type of veneers are that fewer visits to the dentist are needed and they require lesser amount of enamel removal.

The actual choice of veneer depends on multiple factors; your dentist will advise you in making this decision.

Procedure overview

Placing a veneer is an elaborate, multi-step process that essentially entails the following tasks:

  1. Trimming- Removal of tooth enamel to make room for the veneer to be bonded over the tooth.
  2. Shading – Determining the shade for the affected tooth that matches best with the adjacent teeth.
  3. Impression – Taking an impression using putty or paste, which is then sent over to the lab for actually making the veneer. Alternatively, an optical impression of the tooth can also be taken by  using a milling machine fitted out with a camera.
  4. Pre-cementation evaluation – Trying and retrying until the fit is perfect and satisfactory.
  5. Bonding – Applying a layer of bonding agent over the tooth,  squishing in cement, and shining a curing light over the tooth, which eventually results in securing the veneer to the tooth.

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