A veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front surface of an existing tooth.
Made with porcelain, ceramic or a composite resin material, veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned or discoloured. They are also used to help protect the tooth’s surface from damage.
What are dental veneers used for?
Dental veneers are applied to the surface of a tooth which is damaged, crooked or discoloured, including:
- To correct a gap between two teeth
- Teeth which have been worn down by use
- Discoloured teeth from root canals, fillings or antibiotic use
- Teeth which have been broken or chipped
- Teeth which are crooked, irregularly shaped or uneven in size
How are dental veneers applied?
After an initial consultation to check that applying a dental veneer is the most suitable option, your tooth will begin to be prepared. An impression of your teeth and x-rays will be taken. The tooth or teeth which are having the veneer applied will be prepared. This involves the dentist removing a small coating of enamel from the outside of the tooth, the same thickness as the veneer will be. Another impression will be taken and this is sent to the dental laboratory who will make the veneer.
Once your new veneer has been made, your dentist will carefully adhere it to your prepared tooth after doing any necessary minor adjustments. It will then be permanently bonded to your tooth with a quick drying dental cement. Final adjustments will then be made until both you and your dentist are pleased with the result.
Caring for your dental veneer
Once your dental veneer has been permanently applied, it is just like any other natural tooth. Because of this, caring for your veneer is like caring for your other teeth.
- Floss daily all the way down to the gum on both sides of the veneer
- Avoid chewing or biting on hard or brittle foods
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush
- Wear a mouthguard at night if you frequently bite or grind your teeth while sleeping
- Be aware of stresses you place upon your teeth during strenuous exercise
- If you notice any changes to your veneer or it feels slightly heavy, contact your dentist immediately
What is a veneer made from?
Porcelain is the most common material from which dental veneers are made. It is extremely strong, resists staining and is completely non-transparent. Porcelain also is the material most likely to resemble a natural tooth. Resin is also used to manufacture dental veneers. A tooth with a resin veneer does not need as much enamel removal, but stains from the tooth may show through the veneer.
How long do veneers last?
A properly cared for dental veneer can last up to around 15-20 years. Regular check-ups will ensure your surrounding teeth remain healthy, which prolongs the veneer’s lifespan.
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