Dental veneers or laminates are thin shells which look like the front portion of dental crowns. They are often offered as part of a dentist’s roster of cosmetic and restorative procedures. Dental veneers are able to correct almost any time of cosmetic dental problem.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are two types of veneers which you can choose from – porcelain veneers and direct veneers.
Porcelain Veneers. Made of porcelain, this type of veneer is placed on the front side of the tooth in order to hide any kind of imperfection. It requires two trips to the dentist before porcelain veneers can put into place. The first visit is for the preparation of the tooth (trimming of a part of the enamel layer in order to accommodate the veneer without it sticking out), and the creation of dental impressions that will serve as guide for the laboratory technician. The actual porcelain veneer will be fabricated in the laboratory and could take a week or two before a veneer could be finished. During the second visit, the actual veneer will be cemented into place.
Direct Veneers. Made of composite resin material, direct veneers are molded right on the surface of the tooth. Because of this, the entire procedure can be done with just one visit to the dentist.
Applications of Dental Veneers
Uneven Lengths. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, could lead to teeth which have uneven lengths. Because of the force generated when grinding, it’s usually the two front teeth which are shorter compared to the other teeth. Porcelain veneers can lengthen the affected teeth, although patients who teeth grind should ask their dentists for mouth guards in order to prolong the life of their veneers. Porcelain veneers can still be damaged by teeth grinding.
Discolored Teeth. Stubborn stains which have permeated into the deeper layers of the teeth are so much more difficult to remove. If bleaching and whitening kits have failed you, then dental veneers can give you the results that you are looking for.
Chips and Fractures. A tooth with breaks and chips are not only unsightly but they are also vulnerable to infections. While filling procedures and composite bonding techniques can close in the fractures and get rid of the chips, there’s always a chance that the composite material might stick out from the rest of the natural tooth. In order to create a cleaner look, porcelain veneers can conceal everything up.
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