Veneers are mainly used for cosmetic purposes, to improve the shape, size and colour of patients’ teeth. Usually the front ones. This can be achieved by reshaping, improving the structure or the colour of a tooth, and closing small spaces. Veneers have been used for almost 50 years and although the techniques have changed, the purpose remains very similar
When would a Venner be uesd?
Veneers will be used to achieve the following:
Repair a broken or chipped tooth – A chipped tooth is unlikely to cause any medical complications however, it can knock a person’s confidence.
Change the shape of a tooth – Sometimes a single tooth or even multiple ones can look different from the rest found in a person’s mouth. It’s not uncommon for a person to have misshapen lateral incisors.
Improve tooth structure – Did you know it’s possible to give the illusion of straight teeth with veneers, improving alignment and closing gaps.
Change the colour of the teeth – Teeth that are yellowish in colour do not necessarily indicate poor oral hygiene. Discolouring can be masked with ceramic veneers.
What’s the Process of Making and Fitting a Veneer?
The process is quite simple and can usually be achieved in a few sessions.
We will start with a planning phase which involves a member of the clinical team assessing your teeth, smile and taking x-rays. This will help us determine if veneers are the best treatment option for you. However, we will never force you into a treatment you are not comfortable with, you are in full control.
Your smile will be accessed by our expert cosmetic clinicians and diagnostic planning of tooth shape, size and overall smile. When you have had a chance to see and approve your new smile, your teeth are carefully and minimally prepared. This is done by removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface.
We will then take a digital impression of your teeth and send it to our “on site” laboratory where our expert technicians will carefully construct your new ceramic veneers.
Before you get Veneers
Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you get veneers. Your dentist can treat any disease or decay before your veneers are placed.
Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may suggest you wear a plastic dental night guard while sleeping.
Although your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers,
the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
After you get Veneers
Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your veneers. But do let your dentist know if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. He or she will correct it before you leave the office.
Keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing each day. You can still get cavities under or around veneers. Look for dental care products that show the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This says that a product has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.
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