The veneer guide

 

Introduction

With cosmetic dentistry booming, patient demands are becoming increasingly noticeable in wanting the Hollywood smile.  Many options are available to improve the smile of a patient, this article will focus on veneers and the role they have to play in improving aesthetics. Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that fit on the front of the teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can hide stained, chipped, and uneven teeth.

 

These restorations help improve the appearance of a person’s teeth. They may be helpful for patients who want a long-term solution to persistent cosmetic concerns — especially those that do not respond to other dental treatments, such as teeth whitening, and orthodontic treatment. When placing the veneers, a dentist will typically remove a small amount of enamel tooth tissue to allow sufficient space for the placement of the veneer. Because of this, the procedure is irreversible, once the dentist places the veneers, a person cannot remove them or choose not to use them.

 

Types of veneers

There are two types of veneers: porcelain and resin-based composite.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are a strong, lab-made thin covering that a dentist can place on the tops and sides of the teeth. To attach them, the dentist will remove some enamel from the tooth before placing them. Porcelain veneers have the same color as natural teeth, but it is possible to make them whiter to brighten the smile.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are done at the chairside with some composite material, it is therefore usually easier to replace if broken or damaged than porcelain veneers.

 

Porcelain vs Composite Veneers

 

The type of veneer a patient decides to undertake will be dependant on their budget, needs, and preferences. As a dentist, it is your job to help them decide which type of dental veneer will work best for them.

Procedure

Porcelain veneers

To fit porcelain veneers, a dentist will first prep the enamel and take an impression of the teeth to create a mold.

This impression is then sent to the laboratory who then fabricates the custom-fit porcelain veneers. The dentist may place temporary veneers on the teeth while a person waits for the laboratory to make the permanent ones.  It is vital to collaboratively select the shade of the veneers with the patient, ensuring they are happy with the color chosen and understand the appearance they will result in.

At the fit appointment, the dentist will check whether or not the veneers fit correctly and are the correct shade, and they will make any adjustments as needed. Then, the dentist will bond the veneers to the teeth.

Resin-based composite veneers

resin-based composite veneers are carried out at the chairside hence the quicker time frame, the dentist will start by cleaning, reshaping, and preparing the teeth. After they prepare the teeth, they will bond and sculpt the composite material, adjusting the color so that the veneers look natural in the person’s mouth.

Once the veneers have set, the dentist will smooth and polish them so that they look and feel like real teeth. Alterations can be made as per the patient's request.

 

Summary

Dental veneers are becoming increasingly popular around the world, they can drastically improve the appearance of a person’s teeth. Dental veneers help improve color, provide a natural tooth shape, reduce gaps, and hide chips and other minor damage to teeth.

The different types of Veneers can range in both cost and durability. Porcelain veneers are generally stronger and last longer, but they come with a much higher price tag and sometimes at a cost of drilling away healthy enamel tooth tissue. Resin-based composite veneers are more affordable but do not last as long and may break more easily.

Dental veneers are a long-term solution to cosmetic tooth problems. A person considering cosmetic dental work should discuss their options with a dentist.