Dental veneers are nothing but a superficial dentistry method to improve the color, position of the teeth, shape and chipped teeth. Basically, Dental veneer is designed from a thin layer of porcelain to fit over the facing surface of the tooth at the front. The procedure is compared to the false nails which are stuck on the top of the natural nails. In the same way, when veneers are fitted over the surface of the tooth, it lasts long for many years similar to the normal teeth.

Dental veneers
Today, many people are enjoying the benefits of veneers and choosing ceramic veneer, which covers the complete tooth like a crown. Getting the treatment and services for fixing veneers is simply followed by a comfortable procedure which takes places within a few visits to the clinic.

Types of veneers

Commonly you can find veneers in two types:

Porcelain Veneers

In case of porcelain veneers, they are wafer-thin and custom made shells of tooth colored material in order to cover the faded surface of the tooth and improve appearance like ceramic veneer. The main need of this veneer is that they are resistant to stains.

Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic veneers are completely thin shells which are made of sturdy dental ceramic. Before placing it, the dentist takes out a small portion of enamel from the sides and front of the tooth to make space for the veneer and prevent the restored tooth from feeling bulky or unnatural.

Dentists make an imprint of the prepared teeth for the shape of the preparation of the veneer in the laboratory. Including shape, shade is also considered to make the perfect match with the natural teeth.

At the next dental visit, dentists place the ceramic veneer over the tooth with proper fitting with a few adjustments. Later the veneer is cleaned and bonded to the teeth with the use of dental cement.

What is the procedure of a Ceramic veneer?

Usually, getting a ceramic veneer requires three visits to the clinic from which the first is for consultation, second to make and fix the veneers and three for checkup of the condition. It may happen to fix veneer to one or more than one tooth simultaneously as per the process explained below:

  • Diagnosis and planning for treatment
  • Preparation of veneer and
  • Bonding, to achieve proper fit over the surface of the tooth.

Advantages of ceramic veneer

  • Presents a natural tooth appearance
  • The gum tissue tolerates the ceramic in a better way
  • Color can be selected to make the dark and yellow teeth appear whiter
  • Veneers do not require continuous shaping like the crown, but offer a stronger and more aesthetic alternative.

Cost of service

Veneers do not cost more as it depends on the number of veneers you require and the extent of the procedure. Basically, it depends on the material and the extended care offered after the procedure. No need of any special care, but need to follow brushing, oral hygiene and flossing in a normal way.

Authored By Dr.C.M.Bejoy Mony, M.D.S.

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