Veneers can be a great way to help improve your smile. A veneer is a very thin covering that is usually made of porcelain or a porcelain laminate that is made to be tooth colored and covers the front of a tooth. This covering or shell then changes the appearance of the existing tooth. It can do this in a variety of ways: by changing the appearance of the color, shape, length or size of the tooth. When a veneer is applied it is attached to the tooth permanently, so it can only be removed again by a cosmetic dentist. A veneer is typically made from porcelain, though it can also sometimes be made from a resin composite material. The reason porcelain is the preferred manufacturing material is because porcelain is known for the glossy, shiny look that it gives off when smooth and this can often resemble the natural shine of one’s teeth. Porcelain is also very strong and hard, and when it is used on the teeth it is durable enough to complete all the many functions that teeth do on a daily basis without chipping or losing their shine. Of course, a cosmetic dentist may have their own preferences of the material that they want to use for a veneer application, so make sure to discuss these options with them first if veneers are an option.
Veneers can be used to as a corrective dental procedure for a variety of reasons. They can make teeth look white and shiny again if they have become discolored. Teeth become discolored for a variety of reasons, such as a root canal, or simple wear and tear from drinking red wine and coffee, or smoking. They can also help to fortify teeth that have been worn down and are losing their enamel coating. They work well to repair the appearance of chipped or broken teeth, or teeth that are misaligned and uneven or even irregularly shaped. They can also be used in situations where there are gaps in between the teeth in order to help close the gaps and improve the appearance of the teeth. Veneers can only be applied to an existing tooth, but they do not replace the tooth itself. That means that if a tooth is missing, or a significant portion of the tooth has been removed – either through decay or by the dentist themselves – then a veneer cannot be used in that situation and another alterative such as crown may be a better option. Veneers are also not intended to be used as a tool for bite correction or to correct a badly positioned tooth. Those types of corrective dentistry should be combined with methods such as braces, invisilign or retainers, not veneers.
To apply a veneer is a process that can be done right in a dentist’s office, and no anesthesia is required to do it. The first step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer to be applied. This involves the dentist removing a very thin layer from the front of the tooth so that your teeth stay the same width after the veneer is applied. After that, a special glue or cement is applied to the front of the tooth and the veneer is attached to that. Usually the dentist will use a special light to activate the glue in the cement once they are certain the veneer is in the right place. It’s as easy as that!