The thin ceramic shell of a veneer is molded and custom fit before it is attached to a patient's existing tooth structure.
What exactly are dental porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are commonly known as dental laminates. This is because they resemble fine shells made using top quality porcelain – which are bonded on to the front surfaces of the teeth. These laminates can effectively mask and conceal common dental imperfections such as worn margins, chipped edges, minor fractures, pits, previous silver restorations, staining and discoloration, cracks, gaps, and unevenly shaped and sized teeth. It is important to remember that veneering is a purely cosmetic treatment, and is not intended to treat any of the above mentioned dental abnormalities.
How is dental veneering performed? Is it painful?
Dental veneers are fine porcelain shells that are cemented on to the facial surfaces of the teeth – or the surfaces that are visible when you smile. For this purpose, the natural teeth that make up your smile need to be trimmed down to a certain shape and size in order to accommodate proper seating and bonding of the laminates. To prevent any discomfort or sensitivity that can result from re-shaping the natural teeth, anesthesia is administered beforehand – so you don’t have to worry about pain. Once the ideal shape and size of the teeth has been achieved, an impression is taken to record the details of the upper and lower jaw. With the help of this impression, and your desired tooth shade, veneers are fabricated at the laboratory. Once ready, they are fixed on to the teeth with the help of a strong cement and polished for a stunning, natural shine.
How do I clean and maintain my veneers?
You can clean your veneers just the way you clean your natural teeth, but when it comes to maintenance, there are a few things that you have to be cautious about. Because they are made using porcelain, veneers aren’t as strong as your natural teeth and are vulnerable to chipping, fractures, and de-bonding. You will be advised against biting into, or chewing hard, tough or sticky foods.
Porcelain veneers can boost your self-confidence and give you new reasons to smile bigger and brighter than ever before.
Process of Veneers.
The process will require 2 or 3 visits to your dentist. There will be a discussion between dentist and patient that will determine the shape and look of the veneer. Once a plan is in place, the teeth will be carefully prepared. An impression is taken of the existing teeth, which is then sent to a dental lab for fabrication.