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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. A porcelain veneer is indirectly fabricated, while a composite veneer is directly placed or indirectly fabricated in a dental laboratory, and later on is bonded to the tooth using a resin cement. On the other hand, laminated dental veneers are also used by dentists for aesthetics purpose. Veneers help 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 suitable.

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. In the process of placing the veneer, an outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. The amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be applied to ensure that the tooth retain the same size. Local anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort, but often not needed. An impression mold will be given to a dental technician, along with other information to make the veneer, after the tooth has been prepared. For a natural look, the veneer color should match the color of the teeth. Veneer treatment takes at least two dental visits, for tooth preparation and 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. There are only minor adjustments needed after it is fitted, and it is recommended to wait a little while before making any changes, so you can get used to it.

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 damage such as chips, a natural-colored filling material can be used. For teeth that need to be strengthened, crowns are used, either because they are broken, have been weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneers are important for aesthetics, restoring a fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple veneers can replace worn away tooth or teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps. It is also effective for aged patients wearing dentition and yellow teeth that won’t whiten.

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