Veneers are tooth restorations that are made from ceramic. They are thin shells that are used to cover the frontal surface of teeth. They give the teeth an aesthetics makeover and also improve their functionality by supporting them.
What are veneers used for?
Veneers have several applications, both from the aesthetic and functional point of view. Some of the oral issues that they are used to treat are as follows:
- Discolored teeth: When teeth undergo severe staining due to excessive consumption of colored foods or improper brushing, we suggest teeth whitening methods to improve their appearance. But, when the staining is severe or the condition is complicated, a veneer can be used to cover the frontal surface of such teeth and make them look whiter.
- Chipped/damaged teeth: A hard blow to the mouth could either chip, crack or fracture the teeth. We insist on saving the natural structure of a tooth rather than extracting it and replacing it with a prosthetic. Veneers can be used to restore the shape, strength, and functionality of damaged teeth.
- Misshapen teeth: Misshapen teeth are ones that are naturally out of shape, and they have a bad impact on the appearance of the smile. We can help to correct their contour using veneers.
- Excessively spaced teeth: Sometimes, when the dental arch is very wide or when a tooth goes missing, the teeth could drift from their positions and appear excessively spaced apart. This gap can be reduced by bonding veneers to the frontal surface of the teeth.
- Worn out teeth: Bruxism or grinding of teeth could severely wear them out. This erodes the enamel and exposes the dentin, thereby leading to hypersensitivity, shorter and dull-looking teeth. The length of such worn out teeth can be restored to normal using veneers.
The dentist would thoroughly screen your teeth to check for infections, cavities, signs of wear, gum diseases and receding, previously failed restorations, etc. All these factors play a role before determining whether or not you require veneers.
The teeth will be cleaned and a mold of your teeth will be taken. This acts as a reference to fabricate your veneers in a dental laboratory. High-quality dental ceramic is used for this purpose and the veneer will be made with high precision. During the following visit to our practice, the dentist would place the veneer on the tooth and check to make sure it is fitting perfectly. Once minor adjustments are made to it, it will be bonded on to the tooth permanently using dental adhesives. A bite test will be done to check your bite with the new restoration.
Why should you choose veneers?
- Veneers are thin restorations. They do not add a lot of volume to your teeth and make it look as natural as possible.
- Since they are made from ceramic, their color and texture can be made to match that of the natural enamel.
- They help to preserve the natural tooth structure and also strengthen it by offering support.
- They are tough and offer high resistance to wear.
- With proper care, they last a long time.
Call us or schedule an online appointment to know more about veneers and to get yourself diagnosed by our team of experts.