What is a Dental Veneer?

Dental veneers are an extremely thin shell of tooth-coloured material that is either made of porcelain/ceramic or composite resin. They are cemented onto the surface of teeth that have dental defects like stained teeth, worn tooth enamel, tooth alignments issues, gaps and much more.

Dental veneers can also help enhance smiles, make teeth healthier and improve the functionality of teeth.

Why a veneer?

Patients who have the following dental problems can consider veneers:

  • Discoloured teeth or stained teeth.
  • Tooth enamel has become worn down from consuming soft drinks, coffee or tea, smoking or taking certain medication over a period of time.
  • Teeth that gets chipped, broken, irregular in shape or cracked.
  • Teeth that have gaps between them.
  • Teeth that is misaligned.

Types of Veneers

There are two types of dental veneers: resin-based composite veneers and ceramic veneers (sometimes called laminates). Both types have their pros and cons that will be discussed in detail by SOHO Dentist.

  • Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic Veneers consists of thin porcelain shields that cover only the front part of the teeth. They are very strong and durable and help improve the appearance of stained, chipped, broken or un-shapely teeth. Ceramic veneers are unlikely to chip or crack and can last between 15 to 20 years if cared for properly, however, they do take a long time to prepare (mostly around 4 weeks) and need to be done within two dental visits.

  • Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are a dental treatment that is done to rectify the shape, length and structure of a tooth. It consists of composite resin that is applied to the tooth in layers and hardened in order to be attached to the tooth structure after the process is complete. In most instances, it takes one dental visit to complete the procedure for composite veneers. This form of treatment is for patients with more minor problems with their tooth. Composite veneers last approximately between 5 to 10 years with proper care.

What is the veneer procedure?

The entire procedure for dental veneers usually takes about three dental visits.

The first step to getting your dental veneers involves the dentist examining and taking an X-ray of your teeth to make sure which dental veneers are most suitable for you.

Next, the teeth will be prepared for the veneers. This will be done by the dentist administering a local anaesthetic (to numb the area) if necessary, then removing a layer of enamel from the surfaces of the teeth.

An impression of your teeth are then taken and sent to the dental laboratory for construction. Since the veneers take about 2-4 weeks to make, the dentist will place temporary veneers on your teeth to protect them until the permanent veneers arrive.

Before the permanent veneers are fitted onto your teeth, the dentist will examine their fit and colour and make adjustments if needed. If it is a proper fit, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and prepared for the bonding process.

Special cement is used to bond the veneers to the teeth. Once the veneers are properly positioned, a light beam is used to harden the cement and secure the veneers.

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If you have any questions or want to book yourself in for an appointment for veneers, contact us today!