Have you ever wondered what can be done about that badly discolored teeth of yours? You probably have spent so much on teeth whitening, without much results. How about the embarrassing spaces between your teeth? The solution to these may be a Dental Veneer.
What is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth. It can be made of different materials depending on your. financial capability. It can either be made of a tooth-coloured composite material or a porcelain. Porcelain veneers are customizable and can reflect light in a way that gives your teeth a very natural, yet brighter appearance.
Why You May Need a Dental Veneer
The following are the reasons why you may need a veneer:
- Badly discolored teeth which may not be solved by teeth whitening. So not every discolored teeth can be whitened. It is important you discuss with your dentist before you start using any teeth whitening agent.
2. Fractured, cracked or chipped tooth/teeth.
3. ‘Gapped’ teeth:
Veneer can be used to correct gaps between teeth giving a beautifully arranged set of teeth.
4. Misaligned/Crooked teeth
When the teeth are not well aligned, you may want to consider porcelain veneer especially if putting on braces might be too expensive for you to afford.
You are not a good candidate for porcelain veneer if you have any of the following:
- Extensive tooth fracture: Not every fractured teeth may be corrected using veneer, getting a dental crown can be the best option.
- Bad crooked set of teeth: Not every crooked teeth can be arranged with porcelain veneer. A severe misaligned teeth may need to be corrected using braces.
- Recurrent gum disease: If you have recurrent gum disease such as bleeding from gum, chronic inflammation. These may need to be corrected before you consider using a veneer.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Veneers are not permanent, they may need to be replaced later on. However, a well-done porcelain veneer can last between 5 – 15 years depending on the expertise of whoever does it.
What are the process of getting a Veneer?
Getting a Veneer done at the dentist’s office typically involves the following steps:
- At your first visit, your dentist will assess you. He will establish a rationale for a dental veneer.
- They will evaluate how much preparation may be needed before the veneers can be applied. This will depend on many things such as the amount of gaps, crowding, face shape, gum shape, etc..
- Then your teeth will be trimmed, usually half of a millimeter, for the veneer. Sometimes, a local anesthetic is used to prevent any discomfort during the procedure.
- Once your teeth are prepared, an impression will be taken and sent to the dental laboratory. Temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth and after a couple of days, or instantly at some high-end dental clinics. In most instances, you will leave the dentist’s office with your new beautiful smile on that second appointment date.
How Do I Maintain my Dental Veneers?
Your veneers can last as long as 5 – 15 years depending on well you take care of them.
Do the following if you want your veneer to last longer:
- You still must brush and floss properly as you would your original teeth.
- You should also make sure you visit the dentist regularly every 6 months for professional maintenance.
- If you do have a tendency to grind your teeth, or if you want to protect your investment, it is also a good idea to get a relatively inexpensive nightguard to wear at night to protect your veneers.
- You should stop the habit of nail-biting.
- You should avoid biting on hard food substances such as nuts, apple, hard candy etc.
If you use or planning to use dental veneer, it is an investment, so you must make sure you choose an experienced cosmetic dentist to give you value for your money.