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Dental Health: All About Dental Veneers

In the field of dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material, such as porcelain, placed over the front of a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Composite dental veneers are either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over the tooth, while porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated in a dental lab. On the other hand, dentists also use laminated veneers, made of thin layer of materials, covering only the surface layer of the tooth, and are usually used for aesthetic purposes. 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 make our teeth look healthy and natural, and because they are very thin and can be held by a special, strong adhesive, only little preparation is required. 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. 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. Local anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort, but often not needed. After the tooth has been prepared, an impression or mold will be handed to the technician, along with any other details needed for making the veneer. For a natural look, the veneer color should match the color of the teeth. Veneer dental service takes at least two dental visits, first is for tooth preparation and second is veneer fitting. Before bonding the veneer in place, your doctor will allow you to first check the veneer on your tooth 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.

Veneers last for many years, however it may chip or break just as your own teeth, but small chips can be repaired. For minor repairs, 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 are used to repair and replace worn away teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps or spaces. It is also effective for aged patients wearing dentition and yellow teeth that won’t whiten.

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