What Is Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers or dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve your appearance. Porcelain helps in addressing a variety of physical and aesthetic problems faced by patients. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length. Porcelain veneer resists better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
When do we usually go for dental veneers?
- When teeth are discolored caused by a number of reasons such as regular consumption of beverages, smoking, alcohol consumption, root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes. Porcelain Veneers easily whitens your smile, with no harm or side effects. Porcelain Veneers are largely stain-resistant, so there is not much worry about discoloration or a need to continuously get new Veneers.
- When teeth are worn down.
- When teeth are chipped or broken.
- When teeth are misaligned, uneven, or irregular shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them). Veneers are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth – so although they don’t change their positions, they do camouflage minor orthodontic problems once they’re applied.
- When teeth have gaps between them.
- When enamel needs to be replaced because of overbrushing or consumption of acidic foods and drinks. Porcelain Veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel abrasion or erosion and are also pleasing to the eyes.
What are some of the advantages of going for dental veneers?
- They provide a natural tooth appearance. Since Porcelain Veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between veneers and a natural tooth.
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- The color of the porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape, veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crown do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
What are some reasons which may make someone re-consider going for dental veneers?
- The process is not reversible.
- Veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth (For example, those with decay or active gum disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), or for those who have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface. In such cases, it is more advisable to clean the decay to restore the tooth to functional status.
What is the procedure of getting a dental veneer?
Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation and the other two to make and apply the veneers.
Diagnosis and treatment planning
- The first step involves your active participation. Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve.
- During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations.
- The doctor also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth. The dentist will also show you a photo of how your new smile will look. This is called cosmetic imaging. You can see a clear difference in your smile.
- To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. This is essential as it creates room for the Porcelain Veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore t