Dental veneers are thin, flat pieces of porcelain that are custom-fabricated to match the shape and size of specific teeth. They are fixed to the teeth' frontal surface to treat minor chipping, cracks, discoloration, excessive spacing between adjacent teeth, wear, etc. The simple procedure and efficiency make them one of the most commonly used dental restorations.
Veneers can be used to treat several oral conditions. Some of them are as follows:
Chipped teeth: Veneers are commonly used to treat the chipping of teeth. Whenever the patient experiences oral trauma, it can cause the tooth to lose a certain edge or surface, leading to a deformed tooth structure. A veneer can be used to bring such teeth to their ideal shape and restore functionality.
Misshapen teeth: The teeth that are naturally out of shape are called misshapen teeth. Such teeth can be made to look visually better with the help of veneers.
Cracked or broken teeth: External trauma to the mouth can crack or fracture a tooth. Such teeth can be supported and held intact using a veneer. Also, the veneer helps to cover the gap left by the crack, preventing the entry of microbes into the pulp of the tooth.
Discolored teeth: Usually, when a tooth gets badly discolored, it will be brought back to its original color using teeth whitening techniques. But, when the discoloration is severe, whitening solutions do not yield the desired result. In such cases, a veneer will be bonded on to the surface of the tooth, thereby giving it an aesthetic makeover.
Worn-out teeth: Teeth naturally wear due to biting and chewing food. However, when they wear excessively due to bruxism, or teeth grinding, they may look aesthetically displeasing and shorter in appearance. Veneers can be used to lengthen the crown and bring it back to its ideal shape and length.
Excessively spaced teeth: Teeth may sometimes emerge spaced too far apart from each other, which makes the smile look awkward. The excessive space between adjacent teeth can be reduced using veneers.
The dentist would start with a thorough screening procedure. A visual examination of the teeth will be done. X-rays and digital scans of the teeth will be taken to serve as a reference for fabricating the veneer in a dental laboratory. Before this, a thin layer of enamel will have to be removed by buffing to make space for the veneer. Once the veneer is obtained from the lab, which usually takes a couple of weeks, the tooth will be prepared for bonding the restoration. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, and its surface is etched using an etching solution. The veneer will be bonded to the surface of the tooth using dental adhesives and hardened using a curing light. Finally, the fit and comfort will be evaluated by a bite test.
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