If you are having to go for teeth whitening very often then you may be wondering about alternatives? Veneers are another cost-effective alternative to frequent teeth whitening offered by cosmetic dentistry. Not only do they obviate the need for whitening, but they are also good for other cosmetic defects.
- Damaged Teeth– If your front teeth have somehow got broken partially or they have fractured veneers can cover their front surfaces and give them a better appearance. In addition to the improved looks, they also give a little bit of support and strength to your fractured teeth.
- Chipped or Worn Teeth– If your front teeth have worn out or got chipped those can also be given veneers to give them a much superior and esthetic appearance in addition to a measure of strength.
- Discolored Teeth– Because of various reasons including poor oral health, many people may get their teeth discolored very often. While repeated whitening operations is one option, it has multiple disadvantages like time and financial expense, and growing chance of making your teeth sensitive to hot and cold. Good quality veneers are an excellent option for people who need repeated whitening.
- Fillings in Front Teeth– Fillings teeth can get discolored in time. If those are in the front teeth they look ugly. Veneers are again a good option for covering such cosmetic defects elegantly.
Veneers require very little removal of enamel
- Less Intrusive– The dentist will remove a layer of your tooth enamel to prepare your teeth for crowns. In the case of braces, some teeth may have to be extracted beforehand to create space. Standard veneers require very little removal of enamel. Lumieers need no or little preparation.
- Crooked and Misaligned Teeth– Natural teeth that are crooked or misaligned simply mar your smile. Veneers can often be used to cover or equalize gaps between such teeth and to aesthetically correct misalignment.
- Teeth with Gaps– In case there are gaps between your front teeth veneers can make these gaps appear just normal.
What Are Dental Veneers?
You must be eager to know this marvel of dentistry actually is. Technically, veneers are just thin wafers made of special biocompatible materials. These shells are designed and made specially to cover aesthetic defects in your smile. They are cemented to your front tooth surfaces by a cosmetic dentist. There are not removable by the individual and stay there permanently until a dentist removes them.
What Are Veneers Made from?
Dental veneers can be made of two popular materials. Composite resin veneers are less expensive and can be made in any desired color. However, porcelain, a ceramic in technical terms, is generally preferred for its esthetic superiority and mechanical properties. Although porcelain is more expensive, because of its superior performance it is very popular.
What Are the Procedures for Veneers?
Veneers are always custom made to match the requirements of your teeth for obtaining a perfect bonding and an esthetic look. Very little local anesthesia or no anesthesia at all is required in the is required. The complete procedure includes the following main steps.
- Smile Design– This is the first and most important step. At this stage, you should discuss with your dentist your expectations and preferences in detail and listen to what he or she can give. you.
- Teeth Preparation– In order to accommodate the small thickness of the veneers, which is then a half millimeter your teeth must be trimmed slightly of the enamel on the front surfaces.
- Composite Resin Veneers– These require a single visit. They can be fabricated while you wait. Your cosmetic dentist can even bond the composite material directly to the surfaces of your teeth and then sculpt the material as desired. This later procedure is called direct bonding. In either case, the process is normally completed in one visit.
- Ceramic Veneers– Following steps are involved:
O Teeth Preparation- We will remove the enamel on the front of your teeth by about half a millimeter to facilitate attachment to the prepared tooth.
O Mold Preparation– Our dentist will prepare a mold of your trimmed teeth and sends it to a dental laboratory. Detailed instructions about material and color are also provided.
O Placement– Once prepared, our dentist will check them for quality, color/shape and fit. He or she removes the temporary veneers and cleans your teeth thoroughly. The dentist tests to see if the veneers a fit properly and checks the color/shade match. If satisfied, your dentist etches the inner surfaces of the new veneers, then rinses and dries them. The veneers are then bonded to the tooth with a suitable dental cement. He or she may use a special light to cure the cement fast. As the last step, the dentist will carefully trim away any excess cement that may be present.
- Prep-less Veneers
Removing of enamel has disadvantages in that some teeth may already be deficient in enamel. Also, teeth preparation will cost. No prep or prep-less veneers are an attempt to avoid this. These veneers are very thin. A little bit of trimming is still required. Lumineers ™ is a brand of prep-less veneers.
After the veneer application, a period of a week or two may be required for adjustment but you will get an absolutely lovely smile. To maintain this new smile, you should follow the following advice:
Brushing and Flossing
- Brushing and flossing regularly. This will not only help you in maintaining a good health but also in preventing staining of the prosthesis.
- Avoiding abrasive toothpaste. They can damage the prosthesis.
- Minimizing the consumption of liquor, coffee, tobacco, and other staining stuff.
- Make a follow-up visit in about two weeks to check everything is OK. This is very important; not only for your smile but also for your dental health and physical wellbeing.
Life of Veneers
With good care including regular oral hygiene, veneers should last you for several years, but will ultimately need replacement. You cannot whiten veneers once they have stained or discolored.
Composite veneers are more economical but can get stained or discolored. On the contrary, porcelain veneers, especially the “Lumineers” are relatively expensive. Cost may vary between $800 and $2000 per tooth depending on the type, brand, locality and the dentist you select.