Porcelain veneers also known as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers are tailor-made, wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored substances built to fill up the front surface of teeth to give you enhance your beautiful smile. These materials are placed on the front of the teeth in order to alter their length, size, shape or color.
These veneers are usually used to repair the natural look of teeth whilst offering resilience and strength similar to natural tooth enamel.
How teeth are prepared for dental veneer treatment?
To ensure veneer is bonded permanently with the tooth, a tooth’s outer enamel surface might be eliminated. The amount of enamel eliminated is normally very small and kept same as the thickness of the veneer to be placed to maintain the length of the tooth.
Also, to avoid any discomfort to the patient, we often use a local anesthetic injection. After the preparation of the tooth, our dental team will take an ‘impression’ (mould). This is then handed over to the dental technician, as well as other information needed to prepare the veneer.
Types of Dental veneers
There are two different types of Dental veneers – ceramic/porcelain veneers or resin-based composite veneers. Ceramic veneers are durable and a bit expensive.
Ceramic veneers are normally prepared at a dental laboratory. Placing the ceramic dental veneers so as to suit the appearance and shape of the patient’s teeth may need a few visits to the dentist. Ceramic veneers are shells that are extremely thin and are usually made up of dental ceramics.
In the first visit to the dentist, your enamel in front and sides are removed. This assists in ensuring that the dental veneers don’t become an ill fit later. After this, the dentist takes an impression of the smoothened teeth so that the shape of the prepared teeth and its surroundings are duplicated at the dental clinic.
Resin based Composite Veneers
Composite veneers are usually positioned on the patient’s teeth during a single visit at our clinic. First off, the dentist prepares the teeth of the patient by the removal of the enamel in the front and the sides of the teeth. Following this, we place the composite material onto the patients’ teeth in a color that best suits the patient’s natural teeth. The composite is hardened with the aid of a special light and further polished and adjusted to fit the patients’ teeth.