Do you want to get rid of your discolored, crooked or stained teeth? Then you should consider getting them cosmetically restored with veneers!
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shell-like coverings that are attached to the front surface of prepared teeth, so as to mask the effect of permanent teeth stains and discoloration.
Who Can Benefit from Them?
You are an ideal candidate for getting dental veneers if you have:
- Permanent Teeth Stains – veneers can be helpful in hiding teeth stains that cannot be removed through a professional teeth whitening procedure.
- Crooked Teeth – veneers can also be highly useful for teeth having an irregular shape or anatomy.
- Restoring Teeth Gaps – veneers can also be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment for the restoration of excessive gaps between two teeth.
How Are Veneers Placed?
Placement of dental veneers involves the following steps:
- Preparation of the Teeth – in order to place a veneer over a tooth, the dentist first need to remove a correspond amount of natural tooth structure from the front surface of the teeth to make room for the veneers. This procedure usually does not require administration of an anesthesia. However, if the dentist feels that tooth exposure may occur during tooth preparation, then local anesthesia may be administered to the patients so as to make them comfortable and pain-free.
- Making an Impression of the Prepared Teeth – after tooth preparation, your dentist will make an impression of the prepared tooth and send it to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. However, these days it is also possible to make composite veneers at the dental chairside.
- Placing the Veneers – when the veneers are received back from the laboratory, your dentist will first try them on you so as to check their fit and color. When both the dentist and the patient are satisfied with the results, your dentist will permanently attach the veneers to your teeth with the help of an adhesive dental cement.
Caring for Your Veneers
Remember the following while caring for your veneers:
- Do not bite directly from the teeth that have veneers
- Avoid eating hard foods such as nuts, from those teeth that have veneers.
- Intake of alcohol and fizzy drinks can weaken the bond between the veneers and the tooth, resulting in your veneers coming off.
How Long Will They Last?
With proper care and adherence to your dentist’s instructions, you can expect your dentures to last for many years. However, minor fractures in your veneers can be easily repaired at the dental laboratory.
What Should I Do if My Veneers come off?
There is no need to panic or worry if your veneers come off. Simply visit your dental office where they will be re-attached to the respective tooth.
Will Teeth Bleaching Have Any Effect on My Veneers?
If you have coffee or tea stains on your veneers, they will not be removed through professional teeth whitening. You will need to get your veneers replaced in order to get rid of the stains.