Dental Veneers

what-is-cosmet…-it-do-for-youThere are, of course, a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments which are used extensively by dentists across the globe and sought out by patients seeking a perfect smile.

The use of dental veneers is one particular treatment frequently used by dental practices to fulfil patients’ needs. Think of false fingernails – but for the teeth! Interested? Well, read on to find out more about this procedure.

Information About Dental Veneers

Let’s first look at what exactly veneers are. Put simply, these are wafer-thin laminates or shells which are fixed onto the front of teeth to boost the patient’s appearance.

As you may have guessed, they are tooth-coloured in order to be aesthetically-pleasing. They are usually made from either dental composite or porcelain materials.

 

Now, let’s look at the procedure used to fit veneers.

After an initial consultation, considering costs and explaining the procedure used, the dentist will set the ball rolling.

First, the patient will need to have the front surfaces of their teeth re-shaped to accommodate the veneers. A dental drill will be used to shave off the surface to assist the cementing on of the veneers.

Next, a mould is taken of the teeth before being sent off to a dental laboratory. The purpose of this is to provide a guide to the fabrication of the new veneers for the patient.

Finally, during the next appointment the dentist should be able to fit the new veneers to the teeth. After the teeth are cleaned an acidic gel is applied to the relevant teeth to provide a sticky surface. The veneers are then cemented into place. The aim is to provide the patient with a natural-looking appearance.

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When Would I Need Veneers?

There are several occasions where the dentist may recommend, or the patient may choose, dental veneers.

The main problems that could be fixed by the use of dental veneers include stained teeth, chipped teeth and where there are gaps that need filling.

Is There Anything Else I Should Be Aware Of?

Porcelain veneers will normally last for somewhere between five and 10 years. Composite veneers have a lower shelf life and will not typically last for more than two years.

However, as you may have gathered, all veneers at some stage will need to be replaced. Having good oral hygiene will be a real boost though to helping keep your veneers in good condition, lasting longer and looking great.

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