Know more about the Veneers- A boon to Cosmetic Dentistry

November 16, 2019

Everyone wants a dazzling and healthy smile. But, do you smile with lips closed even if you want to smile brighter? Do you feel awkward when you show your teeth while smiling or talking?

As we all know that dentistry has done miracles in the past few years. Dental veneers are one of them. These can repair your canines and you will certainly smile freely without hesitating.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that veneers are highly stain-resistant. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about discoloration or whitening all the time.

What are veneers?

Dental veneersDental veneers are basically wafer-thin, custom-made tooth shells colored materials designed to cover the front surface of the tooth. They are nothing but the porcelain shells.

These shells are attached to the front of the teeth changing their color, size, shape, and length.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are two types i.e Partial veneers and Full Veneers.

Partial Veneers are applied when the tooth defect is minuscule. On the other hand, full veneers cover the major defect which is a visible portion of the tooth.

Issues that Dental Veneers can fix

  1. Worn out teeth
  2. Chipped or broken teeth
  3. Misaligned, uneven or irregular teeth
  4. Gap in between teeth
  5. Stained or discolored teeth

Procedure

Local anesthesia is given to make sure that there is no discomfort. Often is not required.

Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist makes an impression mold. The color of the surrounding teeth is matched on the shade guide to make sure the veneer looks natural. The bonding is done with a special adhesive which holds it firmly on the tooth.

This procedure generally requires at least two visits. Hence, you have to schedule at least two appointments with your dentist.

Advantages 

  1. They give a natural tooth appearance.
  2. Gum tissue tolerates porcelain.
  3. They are stain-resistant.
  4. It replaces the damaged enamel.

Disadvantages

  1. They are expensive.
  2. You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for the first few days after the procedure.
  3. It is totally an irreversible procedure.

Post-treatment care and maintenance

  1. Brush, floss and rinse your teeth regularly.
  2. Use a teeth whitening toothpaste.
  3. Floss with caution to prevent breaking.
  4. Go easy on teeth-staining foods and drinks.
  5. Avoid cigarettes and tobacco consumption.
  6. Visit your dentist regularly.

Veneers are indeed a boon to cosmetic dentistry. Ask your dentist about this procedure and smile brighter.

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Author Bio: Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali is the Co-Founder and Chief Dental Surgeon at DentalDost. A recipient of the Pierre Fauchard International Merit Award, she is a holistic dentist who believes that everyone should have access to oral healthcare, irrespective of class and geography. She strongly believes that tele-dentistry is the way to achieve that. Dr. Vidhi has also spoken at various dental colleges, addressing the dental fraternity about dental services and innovations. She is a keen researcher and has published various papers on recent advances in dentistry.

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