Dental veneers, also known as dental porcelain laminates, are thin, personalized, teeth-colored exteriors that are made to fit the front surface of the teeth and enhance their appearance. Dental veneers are made of porcelain or resin composite and are permanently secured to your teeth using dental cement. They treat cosmetic dental problems like chipped or discolored teeth.
Uses of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are used to manage the following dental complications in an individual: *They cover up teeth discolored or stained due to the consumption of coffee, certain drugs, resin fillings, or root canal treatment.
*Worn down, chipped, or broken teeth.
*Crooked and misaligned teeth.
*Teeth having gaps between them.
*They replace damaged enamel.
How is a Dental Veneer Procedure Performed?
The dental veneer procedure is customized according to the type of veneer patients choose for their teeth. The two prominent types of veneers are:
*Porcelain Veneers In the first visit, the dentist removes a portion of the enamel from the surface of your teeth, and then impressions are taken. These measurements and molds are sent to a dental lab where the personalized veneers are designed. In the meantime, the dentist places a set of temporary veneers on your teeth to protect them. In the next visit, after a couple of weeks, the fit and color of the veneer are checked, and necessary adjustments are made. The veneers are then bonded permanently over your teeth using dental cement.
*Resin Composite Material In resin composite material veneering, an etching solution is applied on the surface of the teeth to prepare the enamel for an external adhesive. This roughens the surface of the teeth, which helps in sealing the resin better. After this, a thin layer of the composite material is applied to the surface of your prepared teeth. The procedure is repeated until the desired look is achieved. The resin composite is hardened on the surface of your teeth using a special ultraviolet light.
Taking Care of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers treatment takes a comparatively lesser time to recover.
*It is advised not to chew on hard objects like nails or opening bottle caps with the teeth *Avoid chewing food with your front teeth, where the veneers are generally placed
*Use a retainer while sleeping at night in case you subconsciously clench your jaw *Maintain oral hygiene and brush your teeth twice daily to avoid staining your veneers
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