A Wide Range of Restorative Treatments
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length.You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
Some facts you should know about Porcelain Veneers
Since they require approximately 0.5 mm of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are not considered a reversible form of treatment.
Occasionally, the preparation of a porcelain laminate veneer does not necessitate the use of a local anaesthetic. However, for those patients that are particularly sensitive or anxious, a local anaesthetic is advisable.
The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a porcelain veneer is approximately two weeks, although this may vary.
Dental veneer shade guide.
Dentists use a shade guide to determine the best veneer colour for a patient’s teeth.
The insertion or cementation of your veneers can be accomplished once again with or without local anaesthetic. This visit is usually longer in length. The laminates are placed with a light-sensitive resin hardened with the use of a white light, effectively bonding them to your teeth.
Once placed, your laminate veneers are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain is a glass and like glass it is strong, but brittle. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to stress the veneer. Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or candy apples is probably not a good idea. As with most things, common sense should prevail.
The Benefits of Veneers
- Close spaces between teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond (rather like super-glue) very little removal of the tooth is needed.
When would I need a veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth or to lighten front teeth (usually the upper ones) generally. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
What about alternatives?
A natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This is excellent where the tooth supports the filling, but may not work so well for broken tooth corners. There will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material.
Crowns are used for teeth that need to be strengthened – either because they have broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.