Dental veneers are thin tooth colored shells placed on the front side of your teeth. Their main function is to improve the aesthetics of your smile with a relatively mild process. In fact, it’s so simple and painless that a full veneer treatment can be placed in just a couple of sittings, the only prerequisite is that your teeth are healthy enough to withstand the treatment.
Veneers are typically made of porcelain or resin composite materials, while both are extremely durable and reliable; porcelain veneers are harder to stain, while resin veneers tend to mimic the natural light reflection of normal teeth. As such, the choice for either one usually boils down to a matter of preference.
Veneers can change the shape, size and color of your teeth, so they are ideal when you want enhance the beauty of your smile. They are the perfect choice for discolored teeth (such as the consequences of a root canal treatment, excessive fluoride, or a discolored resin) chipped or broken teeth, misaligned or misshaped teeth, and gaps.
If this sounds like the right treatment for you, then you should make an appointment with your dentist. After discussing the best option for your needs, the dentist will trim away about ½ millimeter of your enamel, (while the process is painless, you can ask for local anesthesia if you the feeling is uncomfortable for you) just about the same area where the veneer will be placed, afterwards the dentist will take a print of your teeth and send it to the laboratory to craft your final veneers. The process usually takes a couple of weeks.
In some extreme cases, when the teeth are damaged a temporary veneer can be placed in the meantime to improve aesthetics . Once the final veneers are ready, the dentist will call you for a final appointment. Since the veneers are permanently placed, its very common for the dentist to take a long time to place them, and might even make small adjustments to make sure that your smile looks as beautiful as you deserve.
Once the final adjustments are made, the dental veneers are fixed in place with cement, and that’s it, you are done. If you are wondering what measures and special care you have to take after getting veneers, then put your worries to rest. As long as you brush and. floss regularly, your new teeth will last a lifetime.