Dental veneers (which is also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are thin shells of special materials covering the front surface of teeth to improve its appearance and provide a natural look and a beautiful smile.
The materials used for dental veneers are usually special composite material or porcelain. The porcelain is however more common all around the world, which tend to last between 10 to 30 years. In case of any damage, decay, cracking, chipping or discoloration, the porcelain veneers might need to replace earlier.
Due to the variety of sizes, shapes, and materials, the patients willing to do veneers need to discuss first with the dentist to find the best choice.
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The patient will have a meeting with the dentist to discuss the procedure. First, a dental examination will be done by dentist to make sure that the dental veneers are appropriate for the patient. An x-ray photo is also required to check roots.
Please let the dentist know if you are allergic to any type of medicines.
Dental veneers procedure is done under local anesthesia and normally has three steps.
In the first step, the dentist will remove ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface using a small drill. This amount is usually equal to the thickness of the veneer which is going to be added later to the tooth surface.
In the next step, the dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. The mold will be sent out to a dental laboratory for veneer construction. A temporary veneer is place over the tooth if it has any problem or unsightly look.
In the last step, the dental veneer is placed permanently over the tooth. But before that, veneer will be placed temporary to check the color and size. If any trim is needed it will be done to achieve the proper fit. To prepare the tooth for veneer, the tooth will be first cleaned and polished. Then by applying a special cement on the tooth, the veneer is placed on the tooth. Finally, the dentist uses a special light beam to activate chemicals in the cement and harden the veneer on its place.
Dental veneers can give you a better smile and more self-confident.
Feeling pain because of the tooth preparation and being sensitive to cold or hot food/beverages are normal after the dental veneers procedure. In general, the procedure is pain-free.