Teeth have a special place in human life. An infant becomes a child when signs of first teeth start to appear; likewise old age is welcomed with the first sign of falling teeth. Having said that, a sparkling set of teeth is what everyone desires. Due to various reasons many people do not have a good set of teeth. Dental veneers can help those in need for a perfect smile.
Dental veneers can be used to change the appearance of a tooth. With dental veneers, everything from the color and shape to length and size of a tooth can be changed. Dental veneers are commonly known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates because of their availability as very-thin casings that envelop the front teeth. Veneers are also used for Teeth Whitening and can be considered a form of cosmetic dentistry.
Dental veneer is a popular treatment for fixing teeth that have been discolored because of a root canal treatment done on a tooth, use of tetracycline or other drugs while teeth formation, high fluoride intake etc. Dental veneers are also capable of fixing physical damage done to a tooth. Chipped teeth, broken or worn out teeth and crooked teeth can be fixed by this procedure. Dental veneers are an excellent value for money as they can more then make up for their cost by their benefits and have a long life of five to ten years.
Dental veneers are available in two materials namely, porcelain and resin composite material. Porcelain veneers are usually preferred over resin veneers because of their ability to resist stains and mimic the color of a tooth. Resin veneers are thinner than porcelain veneers and thus do not require the amputation of tooth surface before their application. The choice of veneer material depends upon the specific dental problems and is best done with proper discussion with the dentist.
Application of dental veneers usually requires three appointments with the dentist. First appointment is usually for the examination of teeth and deciding if dental veneers should be the chosen method or not. To do this, teeth impressions and dental X-ray could be taken. The material to be used for dental veneers is chosen on this day only.
For the application of veneer, Ω mm of tooth enamel is removed from the tooth surface. A veneer of an equal thickness is then prepared for the tooth. The decision to use anesthetic to numb the area around teeth should be taken in advance before having the tooth surface removed. Next, an impression of the tooth is taken so as make a model for veneer. This model is sent to a dental laboratory which sends the veneer beck after construction within 1 to 2 weeks.
After the proper examination of the veneer, its color, shape, size and fit, it is cemented on the teeth with the help of a high intensity light. After removing the access cement, evaluating sensitivity in bite and giving the final touches to the teeth, a veneer is said to be applied.