There are so many terminologies when it comes to health in general. However, we must familiarize ourselves with these terms in order for us to better understand the instructions of specialists and to be able to relate to specific situation in case we encounter these cases in the future.
What are Dental Veneers?
Oftentimes called “dental porcelain laminates”, dental veneers are wafer-thin sheets of tailor-made shells of tooth-colored fillings that are intended to envelop the anterior surface of the teeth to enhance your overall appearance. These wafer-thin shells are fastened to the anterior teeth, altering their color, form, dimensions, or extent.
Dental veneers come from composite resin or porcelain materials:
- Porcelain veneers – Porcelain veneers can defend against discoloration better than composite resin veneer. They imitate the specular reflection or mirror-like reflection of light of natural teeth.
- Composite resin – Resin veneers appear thinner than porcelain veneers and necessitate the removal of some parts of the tooth prior to its placement. Under the supervision of your dentist, you have the power to choose the veneer material you want to use for your tooth.
What can Dental Veneers Repair?
Veneers are consistently used by dentists to fix the following dental health crisis:
- Stained teeth – Teeth discoloration may be due to treatment for root canal, drugs that cause staining of teeth like tetracycline, overuse of fluoride, or existence of large resin-based fillings.
- Worn down teeth
- Chipped off teeth
- Misaligned or asymmetrical teeth – This happens when teeth gets depressed or hollow.
- Teeth gaps – Diastema or the space between two teeth can be closed by dental veneers.
How does one get a Dental Veneer?
Idyllically, for a patient wanting to have a dental veneer, he or she must take three trips to the licensed practitioner. The first one will be a consultation, wherein the oral cavity will be examined carefully. The next two trips to the dentist will be the manufacturing and application of veneers. The patient can undergo this special procedure with the treatment of a single tooth or several teeth simultaneously.
Oral Diagnosis and Management Process
The initial step involves the patient’s direct involvement or active participation. In the consultation stage, the patient must direct questions to the dentist in order to shed light on things that are not clear and explain his or her expectations about the procedure. The dental specialist will then perform a comprehensive check-up to ensure that you get the appropriate dental veneers and talk about every step that is involved in the procedure and the risks that come with it. The dentist may request a dental X-ray to visualize the field and note necessary observations of your oral cavity.
Preparing oneself for Dental Veneers
The dental specialist will take about 1.5 mm of enamel from the surface of the teeth that is almost equivalent to the veneer’s breadth to be affixed to the surface of the teeth. You and the dental specialist will have to decide on the required anesthetic agent to be used in the procedure prior to the cutting of enamel. After that, a dental impression of the tooth will be made by the dentist. The copy will be forwarded to the laboratory for further study. The results usually come out after one to two weeks.
The Bonding Method
Before your dental veneer gets cemented permanently onto your tooth, the dental expert will place it on your tooth for the time being to check if it perfectly fits or not and to check if it has the right color. If it does not fit properly, he or she will take it out and trim the dental veneer until you have reached the right form and shade. The tooth involved will be etched and well polished in order to build a secure attachment. A special cementing agent will be used as the veneer is positioned on the tooth and the dentist will apply a high intensity light used to solidify the material.
The last step in the application of dental veneers is the removal of excess cement followed by a final evaluation of your teeth and the veneer. A follow-up checkup will be scheduled after two weeks to check the placement and see how the gums respond to the veneer.