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What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the front of a tooth. This covering is as strong as natural enamel. The veneers are custom made to fit the contours of your teeth just like a glove fits in a hand.

 

How are veneers and crown different?

Crowns also known as caps cover the entire whereas veneers only cover the front portion of the tooth. For the preparation of crown a substantial amount of tooth is needed to be reduced whereas in veneers it doesn’t require such drastic prep work, only 1mm from the region. Caps are more of a therapeutic treatment and veneers are considered as cosmetic treatment.

 

Will there be any need to pull out a tooth for veneers?

No, there is no need to pull out any tooth for veneers. For the preparation of the tooth the dentist will only need to remove a small amount of enamel from front and side regions of the tooth. This will make room for the veneers to fit properly and give a natural look.

 

What is the process of getting a veneer?

A veneer procedure is usually 3 step process. FIRST is to get a consultation with a dentist to know about all the process in veneer treatment. He/she will explain you all about veneers and might prescribe you for a full mouth x-ray and take impression of your teeth.

 

In the SECOND appointment the dentist will remove ½ mm of enamel from your tooth for preparing the tooth for the veneers which is nearly equal to the thickness of veneer to be added on tooth surface. In this process your dentist might inject you with a local anesthesia to make that area numb while trimming the tooth surface and temporary veneers are placed.

 

In the THIRD appointment the temporary veneers are removed and the permanents are tried to examine the fit and color before it’s permanently attached.  The veneers might be trimmed a bit to achieve a perfect fit. Then by using light curing bonding cements the veneers are fixed and bonded to your teeth.

 

Who is a good candidate for veneer treatment?

Veneers are one of the best options aesthetically but it’s not for everyone. There are few reasons that might disqualify you from getting veneers. These are-

  • If u don’t have a good oral hygiene.
  • If you don’t have sufficient enamel layer.
  • There shouldn’t be any severe tooth decay.
  • If you have a habit of teeth grinding.
  • If u have any type of gum disease.
  • If your tooth are not properly aligned.

 

What are the pros and cons of veneers treatment?

Advantages-

  • It provides a natural appearance to your tooth.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • Veneers don’t require extensive shaping of tooth.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain veneers well.
  • The color of dark teeth can improve after getting veneers.

Disadvantages-

  • Veneers are permanent; once u gets it...it’s hooked up for lifetime.
  • It cost more than composite bonding cosmetic treatment.
  • Veneers are not repairable, so if they get damage you will have to replace with new one.
  • This may temporarily cause sensitivity in your teeth due to the removal of enamel layer.