Veneers are thin wafer-like structures made from dental-grade porcelain. They are made to cover the front side of your teeth to improve their appearance. They help you get rid of the minor surface imperfections on your teeth, such as spacing, crowding, chipping, cracks, and discoloration.
What are the benefits of getting veneers?
- Veneers do not alter the natural tooth structure. Instead, they hold your youth interest and also enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
- They can repair teeth that are cracked or fractured.
- Teeth that are chipped or disfigured due to external trauma can be brought back to their original shape and size with the help of veneers.
- Discolored teeth can be made to look whiter by bonding veneers to their frontal surface.
- When the teeth are inappropriately spaced, such as in the case of spacing and crowding, veneers can make them look evenly spaced.
- They can be used to align crooked and misaligned teeth.
- They are long-lasting. They do not stain or chip easily.
- Made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain, they aren't easily noticeable. So, you can smile without having to worry about the restoration.
What is the procedure involved in getting a veneer?
Veneers are custom-made to fit on the frontal surface of the teeth. For this, a mold of the tooth is taken to serve as a reference for fabricating the veneer. A highly precise mold is sent to a dental lab. But before this, the tooth has to be buffed and shaped to make space for bonding the veneer. Hence, the dentist removes a thin layer of enamel from the tooth surface so that the veneer doesn't add thickness to the tooth.
It would take a few days to fabricate the veneer. On the second visit, the dentist thoroughly cleans and roughens up the tooth using etching liquids. This is done to make the veneer bond well to the surface of the tooth. Dental cement or other adhesive agents help in bonding the veneer onto the surface of the tooth. After placing the veneer on the tooth carefully, the dentist removes any excess dental adhesive. The adhesive is hardened, and the veneer is firmly bonded using a curing light. After this, the dentist checks for the veneer's fitting and comfort, and also evaluates the bite. It is then polished and made to match the shade of the adjacent teeth.
How to care for your veneers?
It is best if you keep in mind that the veneers aren't as durable as your natural teeth. So, biting hard objects such as nuts, ice, etc. can cause damage to the veneer. It is advised to cut down on the consumption of beverages such as tea, coffee, colored beverages, red wine, etc., and also avoid chewing tobacco. They could cause staining of the veneers. Regular dental visits can help your dentist in monitoring your veneers and repair any damage to them.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (408) 578-0240 to have a consultation with Dr. Martinez, and we'll be happy to guide you further.