What are dental veneers and what you need to know about them?
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers also known as dental laminates is typically a cosmetic element used to enhance the appearance of the teeth. Dental veneers are attached to the front part of the tooth with dental cement which changes the appearance of the tooth. With veneers, the size, shape, length, etc. of the tooth can be altered.
While the primary purpose of dental laminates is to enhance the appearance of the tooth, it is also used to restore the look of a broken or chipped tooth. Also, it is used to cover up tooth discoloration due to root canal treatment or other reasons.
Sometimes, the shape and color of the tooth changes when resin-based fillings are administered. Veneers come handy to restore the cosmetic appearance of the teeth.
What is the procedure?
By now you should have understood why and when does one need veneers. If you have gaps between teeth, broken or chipped teeth, discolored or misshapen teeth, your dentist may recommend dental veneers to you. But the procedure depends on the type of veneers. The two types of commonly used veneers are: Porcelain and Resin-based.
For porcelain veneers the doctor in your first visit will remove a bit of enamel from your teeth and take an impression so that a mold can be created.
In the next appointment, the doctor will check if the mold fits your teeth and if the color is right. After getting the adjustments done, if any, in the last sitting the doctor will bond the veneer with your teeth.
Resin-based or composite Resin-based veneers resemble the natural color and texture of the teeth and can be created by the doctors in their chambers. Unlike porcelain veneers, this only takes one sitting for installation and is also pocket-friendly. However, it may not be as durable and strong as the porcelain ones.
Therefore, mostly, Porcelain veneers are recommended by dentists.
What is the aftercare procedure?
Typically, the wearer does not need to avoid any particular food or beverage after the procedure. However, your dentist might want to see you in a follow up appointment to make sure the veneers have stayed and are not causing discomfort. So this would be a good time to clarify all your doubts and talk about your discomforts, if any.
That being said, chances of the veneers getting discolored and thereby damages, cannot be ruled out. Therefore, it is advisable to limit your tea and coffee intake to ensure longevity of the veneers.
Doctors may also advise against biting hard objects, biting nails, chewing very hard food, using your teeth to open lids etc. Also, regular brushing, flossing, in other words, maintaining a good oral health will make sure the veneers last long.
Frequently Asked Questions
While the price does depend upon the types of veneers and your location, typically it costs somewhere around $500 to $2000.
With periodic visits to the dentist and maintaining a good oral hygiene which includes cleaning and brushing of the veneers, they can last from 10-20 years.
While resin-based veneers are pocket friendly and easily installable, porcelain veneers offer a more natural look and can cover more discolored or misshapen teeth. Then again, this question is best answered by your dentist.
Dental veneers can help cover discolored teeth, fill gaps between teeth, reshape misshapen teeth, cover broken or chipped teeth etc.