Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth. The two most common materials used in dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Both types of veneers can be fabricated by a dental technician in a laboratory and are bonded to the patient’s teeth in a dentist’s office. Dental veneers are bonded to the teeth with resin cement. Porcelain material is brittle; however, when it is firmly bonded to the tooth it can become very strong and durable. Your dentist can also complete a veneer in a single office visit using CAD/CAM technology where he or she develops it while you are in the dental chair.
For teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshapen, veneers create a durable and pleasing smile. Plus, veneers are difficult to stain, making them popular for people seeking a perfect smile.
These are exactly as the name says: they are a type of veneer which requires little or no preparation. There is no need for you to undergo a session beforehand in which the tooth to be treated is ‘prepared’ in readiness for the veneer.
This preparation involves the slicing away of a small sliver of tooth so that the remaining tooth is then similar in size and shape to the veneer. This means that the veneer will fit exactly over the tooth. This is basically a reshaping of your damaged tooth.
Porcelain veneers, as described by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry , are thin pieces of porcelain shaped to fit over the front side of your teeth. Veneers are strong, look natural and are made to match the shape and color of your own teeth.
To prepare your teeth for veneers, the dentist will remove about one millimeter of enamel from each tooth’s surface, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Next, your dentist will take an impression of the inside of your mouth, form a mold, and send it to a dental laboratory where your veneers are custom made by a dental technician.
When finally ready, Dr. Vinod Chandel will bond the product to your teeth with a special cement.
Teeth that are discolored, chipped, decayed or poorly shaped are good candidates for veneers. They’re also beneficial in situations involving a slight gap between two teeth, as well as for minor crowding and bite-related problems.
Discuss porcelain veneers with your dentist. If they can work for you, be part of the design process. Let your dentist know what you want corrected and what you’re looking for in your new smile. With cosmetic imaging, you may even be able to see a preview of the new you.
- Your dentist will remove a small amount of the tooth surface to permit placement of the veneer.
- An impression is taken of the tooth and sent to the dental laboratory.
- The dental veneer is then made to fit the tooth and mouth.
- The veneer is bonded to the tooth with resin cement.
There are three general steps to choosing veneers:
- Consultation : Patients who are interested in veneers will meet with Dr. Vinod Chandel. During the initial meeting, Dr. Vinod Chandel will examine your teeth and decide if veneers are appropriate for you. During the consultation, you will be able to choose the color, shape and size of your veneers. At this point, Dr. Vinod Chandel may choose to make a cast of your teeth and mouth.
- Preparation : To prepare for the veneer bonding process, a small amount of enamel will be removed from the tooth. Typically, only ½ millimeter will be removed to allow for a more natural, less bulky fit for your new veneers. While this is relatively pain-free, local anesthetic may be applied for patients who may be anxious about the procedure. After the enamel is removed, Dr. Vinod Chandel will make a cast of your teeth and mouth to be sent to the laboratory where your veneers will be crafted. It usually takes about 1 to 2 weeks to get your veneers back from the lab. In many cases, however, Dr. Vinod Chandel will be able to employ the advanced CEREC technology to create and place your veneers in just one visit!
- Bonding : Before bonding, our dentist will make any last minute changes to the shape, size and color of the veneers as you see fit. Your teeth will be cleaned and the veneers will be bonded to the front of the teeth using a special cement. Once in place, Dr. Vinod Chandel will remove any extra cement and make the final adjustments needed for a perfect smile! A follow-up visit may be required after a few weeks to check on gums and veneer placement.
Aside from having the best teeth in the house, one of the greatest values in porcelain veneers is that very little tooth structure is lost, and you may need little to no anesthesia for some treatments. The materials used to make them also provide resistance to stains from coffee, tea and other foods that natural teeth don’t protect against as easily.
Because some enamel is removed, however, the procedure is irreversible. Also keep in mind that once cemented, the color cannot be corrected. You may have some temperature sensitivity for a few days, as well. Veneers are strong, but they can be damaged by chewing ice and biting your fingernails, so you’ll need to kick those habits, should you have them.
You’ll want to treat your new porcelain veneers just as carefully as you do your own teeth. Keep your normal oral hygiene routine, but use nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste, which keeps you free of decay without aggravating the veneers themselves. Your dentist or dental hygienist should also use a nonabrasive polish during regular cleaning appointments. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may also suggest a night-guard to protect your veneers from damage while you sleep.
Even those who are the most self-conscious about their teeth can see a big change from porcelain veneers. As author and spiritualist Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Find out if the source of your joy is in a new set of porcelain dental veneers.