What are Veneers?
Simply put, veneers are pieces of porcelain that are applied so as to alter the way a person’s teeth are arranged. In addition, it is also used as a tool for strengthening and providing a much-needed prop up to the enamel. Thanks to contouring and appropriate fitting, veneers are ideally supposed to fit the natural shape of the teeth. A few procedures are involved in placing perfect veneers, and it is usually not a day’s procedure.
The application of veneers in dentistry
Veneers have been used a lot lately, as more and more people have begun to see them as more effective alternatives to braces. A few uses of veneers are correcting slight abnormalities in the alignment of teeth and closing the gaps that are seen between teeth. Patients also use them as solutions for brightening their smiles and making them more appealing, correcting issues (like breaks and chips in the teeth), helping with discoloration, etc.
Most veneers are made of materials known as porcelain (however, there are other materials used in making veneers). These veneers are used in helping with issues regarding the color and shape of teeth. With proper care, these tools can last up to two decades.
Two appointments are ideally needed if a veneer is to be placed, especially if the veneer will have to be made in a lab. Usually, the process is outlined as thus:
- Anesthesia is not really needed when placing veneers. However, if there is some pain involve, anesthesia can be employed. After a deep cleaning, the dentist will be able to determine the best position for the placement of the veneer. From there, a part of the enamel will be extracted and used to provide sufficient form for the veneer to be placed.
- The tooth is impressed and worked on so as to ensure proper fitting. For the time being, however, a temporary veneer will be used.
- Upon receipt, the porcelain veneer is put in place of the temporary one. Again, there is the need for the teeth to be cleaned properly. After proper cleaning and the application of cement, the veneer is placed and etched. This way, you can easily assure a proper fit.
- From there, the veneer is light cured so as to ensure the proper attachment of the surfaces to the teeth.
- Any unused materials can easily be eliminated by the dentist, and it is important that the margins of the veneers are polished as well.