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Dental Health: All About Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are layers of materials placed over a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Veneers are either made from porcelain or composite material, wherein porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated, while composite veneers are more of a natural color, either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over the tooth using a resin cement. Dentist also use dental veneers that are laminated for aesthetics purposes only. Veneers help 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 suitable.

Some dental veneers require a very little preparation and some don’t, because they are very thin and are held by a special and strong adhesive material, making the teeth look natural and healthy. For the process of placing the veneer, the shiny outer surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. The amount of enamel that is removed is tiny, and it will be the same as the veneer thickness to be fitted, similar to the same size of your tooth. To prevent any discomfort, a local anesthesia may be used, although not required. An impression mold will be given to a dental technician, along with other information to make the veneer, after the tooth has been prepared. Dentists make sure that the color of the teeth matches the color of the veneer for a natural look. Veneer application may take two dental visits, first wherein the first is for tooth preparation, and the second is the actual 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.

A veneer lasts for many years, however it may chip or break just as your own teeth, but small chips are repairable. For addressing minor damages such as chips, natural-colored filling material are 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. Veneer is an important tool for cosmetic dentists, and because it is often used for aesthetic purposes, it helps restore fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple veneers can replace worn away tooth or teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps. It is also effective for aged patients wearing dentition and yellow teeth that won’t whiten.

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