What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of ceramic or tooth-colored materials. They are usually cemented on the front surface of teeth to improve the esthetics of a smile. Dental veneers can be direct as well as indirect veneers. This section gives the information about the indirect dental veneers or porcelain veneers.

What are the benefits and indications of dental veneers?

Dental veneers give excellent results in the treatment of conditions like discolored teeth, gaps between teeth, misshaped teeth and slightly malaligned teeth. You can have a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers within two appointments. If you want to improve your smile quickly, then dental veneers are the best option.

Porcelain veneers are custom-made and offer high strength, durability, and excellent esthetic results. Moreover, veneers require minimum preparation of the tooth whereas placement of a dental crown requires extensive tooth preparation.

The wear and tear of the outer covering of the tooth or dental enamel can result in various dental problems. Porcelain has properties quite similar to tooth enamel. Thus, porcelain veneers can be used to replace the tooth enamel for the treatment of conditions like attrition, abrasion, and erosion.

If you have crooked front teeth or gaps between your front teeth, you may feel embarrassed to smile. Dental veneers can correct these problems, and the treatment duration is also short, unlike the orthodontic treatment.

Porcelain veneers can change the shape and size of a tooth. It can camouflage cosmetic dental problems. Due to these properties, dental veneers can effectively treat conditions like gummy smiles or correct misshapen teeth.

What are the steps involved in the fabrication of porcelain veneers?

During the initial consultation, we will first find out what are your concerns. Your dentist will carry out a detailed clinical examination and diagnostic tests to decide if dental veneers are a treatment option.

The procedure for traditional porcelain veneers can be completed in two appointments; there is a gap of 1-2 weeks between the two appointments.

First appointment

Local anesthesia is not necessary during the procedure. However, if your experience sensitivity, we will first administer the anesthetic agent. Your dentist will take pictures and take the shade of your teeth before starting the tooth preparation.

Our dental team will take an impression of the tooth and surrounding tissues. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the porcelain veneer is made. On the first appointment, you will go home with a temporary veneer cemented to your tooth.

Second appointment

Your dentist will gently remove the temporary veneer and clean the surrounding area. After checking the fit of the permanent veneer, your dentist will bond it to the tooth. Your dentist will remove the excess bonding material, check the occlusion and polish the final restoration.

Post-insertion instructions

  • You may feel numbness for few hours if local anesthesia has been administered.
  • Initially, your teeth may feel “odd” or you may notice changes in your speech.  This will go away after a few days
  • We may schedule a follow-up appointment to check the fit of the veneer. Minor adjustments may be needed in some cases.
  • Porcelain veneers require care and maintenance. You should not bite on extremely hard foods like ice, nuts, hard candies, etc. with teeth restored with dental veneers.
  • You may experience mild tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods after the veneer placement. However, it will resolve within 1-2 weeks.
  • The recession of gums beyond the margin of dental veneer may expose the underlying tooth surface. This phenomenon can occur due to gum diseases or poor maintenance of oral hygiene. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits help to prevent such situations.
  • We will recommend wearing a nightguard if you have the habit of clenching of teeth or bruxism to protect your veneers

Porcelain veneers are permanent restorations. However, they may need replacement after 10-15 years because the interface between the porcelain veneer and the tooth surface may get stained or from wear and tear of the veneer. We use high-quality materials to give you the finest results. Nevertheless, we recommend you to follow good oral hygiene and complement it with regular dental visits to prolong the life of your veneers.

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