What are Dental Veneers?
Tooth veneers (also known as dental veneers) are finely shaped pieces of porcelain or resin composite material used to cover the surface of teeth to help correct shape and color problems. Veneers are an attractive alternative to dental crowns since they require less of the teeth to be removed because of the thinness of the veneer. Unlike crowns, tooth veneers need only 0.5–1 mm of the tooth buffed to make room for the veneer.
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Oral Healthcare with Dental Veneers
Teeth tend to get discolored over time due to age, heredity, medication, and consumption of excessive amounts of coffee, tea, tobacco, and fizzy soft drinks. In these cases, dental veneers act more as cosmetic fixes since stained teeth are not necessarily indicative of poor health. However, dental veneers are useful as standard healthcare treatments for patients who suffer from chipped or broken teeth, irregular teeth, and teeth that are either too small or too large. Having an uneven bite can lead to numerous complications later down the road. Veneers are stain-resistant, resilient, and last 10–15 years.
Fitting the Tooth Veneers
Acquiring dental veneers usually requires two to three appointments. In the first meeting, the dentist takes an impression of the teeth after buffing them to the required level. There are two kinds of tooth veneers available. Composite veneers can be fitted in a single visit by applying a bond and enamel directly to the tooth. Porcelain veneers needs two visits, with a lab making the veneer according to the patient’s tooth impression. After positioning the veneer properly on the tooth, the dentist applies a special light beam to it, activating chemicals in the cement which causes it to harden or cure very quickly. Dental veneers require no special care apart from routine oral hygiene and acquiring them is a relatively painless procedure.