What are Veneers?

Veneer is thin tooth colored material placed over tooth to improve aesthetics, smile and/or protect tooth surface from damage. A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics (looks) of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface.
Veneers mainly cover your front portion of the teeth i.e. laminate veneers but it can be extended minimally towards your palatal side in cases like malformed teeth, abnormally shaped teeth. These types of veneers are mainly used for aesthetic purposes.

When Should You Proceed for Veneers Treatment?

Veneers can be used to provide an aesthetic solution in many situations:

  • Spaces between teeth.
  • Discolored teeth.
  • Dispositional or slightly crooked teeth.
  • Odd shaped, cracked or chipped teeth.
  • Fractured teeth with a moderate amount of tooth structure left.
  • Teeth with multiple fillings which have compromised the aesthetics of the smile.
  • Abnormal shape, size and form of teeth.
  • To provide a “White Smile” for naturally dark teeth.

What Are The Advantages of Veneers Treatment?

  • Veneers can be placed on teeth with minimal tooth preparation. They look and feel completely natural.
  • The texture and finish of porcelain veneers make them highly resistant to external staining. Due to their durability, looks and comfort, Veneers have become one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available today.
  • Veneers today are widely used by people in the entertainment field and show business to obtain a beautiful smile.

What Are the Types Of Veneers?

There are two main types of veneers material

  • Porcelain: are only designed in labs
  • Composite: are designed chair side or by dental labs

There are two types of coverage

  • Full veneer: restoration that covers all surfaces of tooth.
  • Laminate veneer: is a thin layer that covers only the surface of the tooth and generally used for aesthetic purposes.

Procedure of Porcelain Veneers

Tooth enamel is prepared. It involves painless and minimal preparation of tooth surface

Step 1: Impressions (molds) i.e. measurements of the prepared tooth are taken and the desired tooth color is determined with the patient.
Step 2: A temporary veneer is placed on your tooth while the impression is send to the lab for the preparation of permanent veneer. Preparation of the veneer in the lab generally takes 1 weeks’ time.
Step 3: After 1 week when the veneer is ready it is filled with special adhesive.
Step 4: Once fixed, these veneers are exceptionally strong. It takes only a day or two to get used to them.

Precautions and Instructions to Follow After the Treatment of Veneers

Veneers, if taken care properly, can last up to 12 years. Hence, the better you care, the longer they last. Follow these steps to take care of your Veneers.

  • The teeth might feel a little rough or sensitive for a few days but that is absolutely normal.
  • Essentially the same way you should treat your other teeth by brushing daily and flossing regularly.
  • Eat anything normally you would, but don’t use your front teeth as a tool- no opening of bottles n packs.
  • Please keep them clean to avoid decay and gum problems around them
  • To maintain the veneers and your new smile, it is important to remember that the underlying teeth are still vulnerable to decay, especially at the gum line where the tooth and veneer meet.
  • Regularly brush and floss your teeth.
  • Decrease your intake of sugar-containing foods, which will increase the longevity of your new restorations.
  • Do not bite on hard items directly with your front teeth (like sugarcane).
  • Use a nonabrasive toothpaste to help maintain the shine and gloss of your veneers. Normal diet will not harm your veneers.
  • Regular checkups will ensure your veneers are in excellent shape. Well maintained veneers should last you for many years and give you a long lasting and beautiful smile.