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Dental Health: All About Dental Veneers

In dentistry, a veneer refers to a thin layer of material made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Veneers are either made from porcelain or composite material, wherein porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated, while composite veneers are more of a natural color, either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over the tooth using a resin cement. Dentist also use dental veneers that are laminated for aesthetics purposes only. Veneers are helpful in improving the shape, color and position of the teeth, to make a chipped tooth like whole again, replace a broken part, and close small gaps, when braces are not favorable.

Veneers offer a natural and healthy look for the teeth, and only little preparation is required because dental veneers are thin and are held by a special and strong adhesive material. For the process of placing the veneer, the shiny outer surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. To make sure that the tooth retain the same size, the amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be fitted. Although anesthesia is not often needed, it is sometimes used to prevent any discomfort. An impression mold will be given to a dental technician, along with other information to make the veneer, after the tooth has been prepared. The teeth color surrounding the teeth should match the natural color of the teeth for a natural look. Veneer application may take two dental visits, first wherein the first is for tooth preparation, and the second is the actual veneer fitting. Your doctor will first allow you to check the veneer on your tooth before bonding it in place, to make sure you are satisfied and happy with it. Minor adjustments are made after it is fitted, and it is advisable to wait a little while so you can get used to it before making any changes.

A veneer lasts for many years, however it may chip or break just as your own teeth, but small chips are repairable. For addressing minor damages such as chips, natural-colored filling material are be used. Instead of dental veneers, crowns are preferred for tooth strengthening, that became broken, weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneer is an important tool for cosmetic dentists, and because it is often used for aesthetic purposes, it helps restore fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple dental veneers can close gaps or spaces, worn away edges resulting in premature aged appearance, malpositioned teeth that appear crooked. Veneers are also recommended for aging patients who wear dentures and those with yellow teeth that cannot be whitened by tooth whitening products.