Dental veneers are thin shells that fit over the front of teeth to improve their appearance, protect them from damage and create a beautiful smile. Tooth-colored shells stick to your teeth and change their length, size, color, shape, and function.
Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment, as they are optional and placed for aesthetic reasons. They are also known as smile They represent a respectable rate of cosmetic procedures performed by dentists.
Facet colors and shades
Most patients opt for veneers to improve their appearance. However, they also have restorative functions and protect the tooth surface from damage. They are an excellent option for patients who have missing teeth, chips or stains.
The procedure is relatively quick and minimally invasive. Depending on the color of the teeth and the desired result, shells are available in many different shades.
Why do people get veneers?
Whether a patient is seek treatment to regain their smile due to a medical issue. For cosmetic reasons there are many reasons why dental veneers are usually over other procedures.
Common reasons patients have dental veneers:
• Patients who are unhappy with the length, color or size of their teeth.
• Chipped, cracked or broken teeth are usually due to injury.
• Worn teeth from excessive bruxism (teeth grinding), erosion and other habits.
• Excessive consumption of water that is too rich in fluoride, which can cause white spots or streaks on the teeth ( fluorosis ).
• Stains and discoloration of teeth caused by medications that treat bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea and others. Coffee, wine, fruit and other dark foods or liquids can also cause stains.
• Large resin fillings cause tooth discoloration.
Types of facets
Two types of materials are commonly use to create a dental veneer, including:
Porcelain is the most commonly use material for veneers. They’re tooth-colore, versatile, fully customize, and last 10-15 years.
When porcelain veneers were introduce, the main advantage was the conservative and minimally invasive nature of the procedure. Indeed, the preparation necessary for the implementation of the envelope is minimal. This is not the case for full restorative procedures, such as dental crowns. This is why veneers are another popular option.
Prior to the porcelain veneer procedure, your dentist will correct the color and shape the remaining healthy tooth structure by 0.5mm or more. Then, he replaces the natural tooth with a bonding agent and a porcelain envelope.
Opaques can be use if the tooth has very dark discolorations. The patient can choose from more than 15 different porcelain shades.
Composite resin dental veneers are a cosmetic alternative to porcelain veneers. They are made of the same material used for tooth-colored fillings.
Composite veneers are slightly less expensive than porcelain veneers.
Like porcelain veneers, composite veneers require reshaping of the teeth prior to placement. Composite veneers can also be placed directly on uncut enamel. They generally last 5 to 7 years, compared to 15 years for porcelain veneers.
Removable veneers (not permanent)
Removable (custom snap-on) veneers are less invasive, non-permanent, and cost less than traditional veneers. They do not require reduction of the tooth.
Side effects and risks of veneers
Traditional veneers, such as porcelain and composite, are great options for those looking to improve their smile quickly, effectively, and safely.
As with any dental procedure, there are risks. These risks are usually not serious and, with proper care, can be avoided. Veneers can have common conditions and side effects:
• Tooth sensitivity :
Tooth sensitivity is common during the first three weeks after veneer placement. If sensitivity to cold or hot liquids lasts longer than 3 to 6 months, a more serious problem may be present. For example, the nerve in a tooth may have been irreversibly inflamed during the procedure, causing an infection. Contact your dentist for treatment options if the sensitivity lasts too long.
• Dental deterioration :
There is also a risk of deterioration of the dentin after the placement of a veneer, but this is less common.An ill-fitting veneer can also alter the alignment of the patient’s bite, leading to tooth sensitivity, bruxism, or jaw pain.