Cosmetic dentistry is an important practice of general dentistry. There are many tools that cosmetic dentists use to give patients the healthy smile they want. Crowns, tooth whitening, and dental implants all have a special place in dentistry and can be used to repair broken discolored, or missing teeth. Similarly, orthodontists use traditional braces and orthodontic appliances (such as Invisalign) to straighten teeth. But what if your smile problem is small? Usually, these problems can be solved with dental veneers. Following are some facts about dental veneers:
What are they?
Dental veneers are thin shells that cover the surface of teeth. There are two types of these dental applications. A variant made of dental composites is usually used for children who have not lost their milk teeth. Dental composites are resin polymers, in other words, plastics. These devices can be directly applied to the tooth surface and then carved into the desired shape and size, or shaped in a dental laboratory, and then bonded to the tooth. The second type is made of dental porcelain. These porcelain veneers are produced in dental laboratories and are stuck to the surface of teeth using dental adhesives.
What are they used for?
The veneer can be used to correct many dental problems, including:
Teeth gap: The size of the device can be adjusted so that its width can narrow the gap between teeth.
Deformed teeth: The device can be shaped into perfect tooth shapes to cover up deformed teeth.
Tooth fracture: When attached to the surface of the tooth, the device can prevent further damage to the tooth.
Small or worn teeth: Whether the teeth are naturally small or have reduced due to wear, the device will increase the length of the teeth.
Discoloration of teeth: Stained teeth can be covered by the device.
Curved teeth: The shape of the device allows it to have the appearance of straight teeth when it adheres to curved teeth.
Gum recession: After the gum recession, the device can fill the gap between the teeth at the gum line, leaving space between the teeth.
What should I expect at the dentist’s office?
The process of obtaining the composite veneer is usually carried out at an appointment. During this appointment, the dental composite is applied to the teeth and shaped into the final shape. During the first appointment, the dentist will perform an X-ray examination of your teeth. The dentist will prepare the teeth by scraping off certain surfaces of the teeth to make the veneer easier to apply. The dentist will take pictures and impressions of the teeth so that the dental laboratory can model the equipment with the correct internal and external shapes.
How long do they last?
The veneers are to be permanently bonded to the teeth, but over time, they may fall off or fade. You should take care of your teeth which includes regular dental flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year. If properly maintained, composite veneers can be used for about four years, while ceramic veneers can be used for ten years or more.
What are the alternatives?
Dental veneers are considered a good choice because they do not cause minimal pain, and can be connected quickly and easily. However, for simple appearance issues, there are other options like:
Teeth whitening: For stained or discolored teeth, tooth whitening may be a good choice.
Orthodontic appliances: Orthodontic appliances n can be used to close the gap between teeth, correct crooked teeth, and rotate rotating teeth.
Scratching and root leveling: For posterior gums, scraping and root leveling may reattach the gums to the teeth.
Crowns: Crowns can be used to cover deformed teeth.