One of the most popular cosmetic dental works available is veneer. Dental veneer is a layer of tooth-colored material attached to and covering surface of a tooth structure. Among the many purposes of veneer are to cover visible spaces in between teeth (diastemas), repair minor imperfections like chipped or slightly crooked tooth, straighten and lengthen teeth, and treat discolored fillings or conceal stained teeth. For some, veneers are also their last resort to whiten their teeth and improve its appearance. Veneers are permanent, custom-shaped, stain proof, natural in appearance, and highly resilient and maybe these are the reasons why even several television shows like reality programs and talk shows promote this dental solution.
There are two types of dental veneers. The first is the more common type called porcelain veneer. Coming for the name itself, porcelain veneer is made of pure porcelain and it tend to last for about 10 to 15 years although porcelain is inherently brittle because once it is bonded in tooth surface, the tooth becomes strong and durable. It is also known as dental porcelain laminates. This type of veneer resists stain and mimics the light reflecting properties of teeth better compared to other type of veneer.
The second type is resin composite veneer. It is made up of two different types of material and generally, the cost to get composite veneers is cheaper because it can be fabricated inside your mouth and does not require complex manufacturing process.
Both types of veneers require your teeth to be prepared before the procedure. The preparation part is the shaping of teeth by removing some of the natural part of it to create space before bonding the material. This will cause you to lose the natural enamel or the protective layer of teeth. If ever you have to remove the veneers, it is expected that your teeth are weak and are more prone to deceay away from the fact that your teeth will never look the same.
As mentioned, dental veneers fall under cosmetic dentistry category as they provide bright "Hollywood" smile with white and beautifully aligned teeth. What's more, latest technology in veneer promises translucent ceramic quality providing a more natural look. Also, this new alternative to traditional veneers is much thinner (as thin as contact lens) and it does not require reshaping the teeth. This kind of veneer is often known as lumineers. With lumineers, the natural enamel of tooth is not lost as it covers the original structure of tooth although it may feel bulkier compared to porcelain or composite veneers. Unlike traditional veneers, they can be removed if desired. However, lumineers are ideal only for minor cosmetic adjustments like changing of teeth color, repairing chipped or damaged tooth, or extending small tooth.
In order to learn the best way to achieve that perfect set of teeth and complete oral health, it is always advisable to get a professional opinion with your dentist. Whether traditional veneers or lumineers are suitable for your teeth, it is for your dentist to find out.
A Dental veneer may also be known as a porcelain veneer or a porcelain laminate is a custom-made shell that is typically bonded to the front of the tooth surface to improve the appearance. It is usually made of thin porcelain or polymers and covers the tooth in order to change the color, size or shape of the tooth. In addition to changing the appearance, it can also be used to protect the surface of the tooth that has been damaged.
A porcelain dental veneer is more stain-resistant, and is also much closer in appearance to natural teeth than those made from resins, which are typically thinner and require less work before placement. Your dentist will help you to determine the best type of veneer for your situation.
You can a dental veneer for a solution in a number of different cases that include:
• Where the tooth surface has become worn or discolored
• Teeth with a large amount of filling may become unsightly and can be covered with a porcelain veneer.
• Teeth that are worn down, broken or chipped can be resurfaced with porcelain dental laminates.
• Gaps in between teeth or teeth that are misaligned can be filled with veneers.
It usually takes at least 3 trips to the dentist to obtain a dental veneer. The first trip will be for a consultation, and subsequent trips will involve custom making and bonding of the veneer. During the initial consultation, your dentist may recommend or ask about your need for wanting a veneer. She will explain the procedure, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
The procedure may also involve taking X-rays of the teeth, along with dental impressions of both your lower and upper jaw. In order to prepare for the veneer, a small amount of enamel will be removed from the tooth surface. The enamel will be used by the dental, lab, in creating your veneer.
Before the veneer is bonded to the tooth surface, your dentist, will ensure a proper fit by trimming and shaping the veneer, until it matches the tooth as close as possible. The tooth will be polished and etched to ensure a good bonding surface. The shade of the veneer can also be adjusted with right color of the dental cement.
When the veneer is properly positioned, light of a special wavelength is applied to activate curing of the cement. After the veneer is bonded to the tooth surface, the final step will involve clearing away the excess cement and making sure your bite is properly aligned.
You may be asked to return for a follow-up visit, to ensure that everything is OK. It may not take a very long period to get used to the veneer, and you may even forget that they have been placed on your teeth. Periodic dental visits can ensure that the veneer is still in place, and remains firmly bonded to the tooth.
Although they may not be natural, your veneers can and should be treated like regular natural tooth enamel, and should be brushed and cleaned regularly.[Top]
If you dream of having a perfect smile, but the thought of having veneers applied to your teeth makes you wince in pain, you'll be happy to know there is a new, pain-free alternative to help you get a fantastic looking smile. Lumineers are porcelain coverings, made from a patented type of porcelain known as Cerinate, applied directly to your teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, your dentist can apply these contact lens-thin "smile shapers" to teeth without any grinding or shaving. They can be applied without the use of anesthesia, so no shots are required.
Porcelain veneers, also known as "dental porcelain laminates," are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. Most traditional veneers require that your dentist grind down sensitive tooth structure for a good fit. They are permanent, custom-shaped
and require the removal of rough.5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer.
Lumineers laminates are thinner (2mm); roughly the thickness of a contact-lens. The original tooth structure need not be shaped for placement and, if desired, Lumineers can be removed. It is claimed that Lumineers resist micro-leakage and micro-cracking more so than traditional porcelain veneers. Unlike other porcelain veneers, you will not need to wear temporary veneers until the Lumineers are created. Lumineers are expected to last just as long as traditional porcelain veneers and typically cost less than traditional dental laminates.
In addition to being made of thin, porous porcelain, both products offer permanent whitening with no staining or discoloration. Both Lumineers and traditional porcelain laminates can strengthen, lengthen and shape your teeth. They can be used to repair minor tooth imperfections, are stain proof, natural in appearance, and highly resilient. This procedure does not hurt, it is fast, and in most cases, affordable.
Lumineers can be a more comfortable and time-saving solution for adults who are considering braces. If your bite problem is not severe, Lumineers will change the shape and alignment of your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform. They will help restore and strengthen teeth and aid in preventing wear over time.
There may also be some disadvantages to Lumineers. As there is little to no tooth reduction needed for Lumineer porcelain veneers, there is a limit to how much smile correction can be accomplished. This can also lead to bulky appearing and feeling veneers in some cases. Also, if you suffer from bruxism, clenching or grinding of your teeth, veneers can be damaged, chipped or cracked.
Since these are a little thinner than the average veneer, it actually requires even more skill and artistry on the part of the cosmetic dentist and the laboratory. Color management is challenging even with thick porcelain. When it is three-tenths of an inch thick, as these are, it is even more demanding for the laboratory and the cosmetic dentist. The thinness also makes the shape of the teeth trickier. It is a good idea to seek the services of an expert cosmetic dentist, and make sure to view the dentist's previous work with Lumineers. Hue, chroma, translucency, color depth, brightness, and highlights, all need to be handled correctly for you to have a beautiful smile.[Top]
Porcelain veneers are a great way to cover chipped, cracked, discolored, slightly misaligned, or gapped teeth. The procedure is quite common and can be easily performed by most dentists in a matter of a couple visits. The veneers are made of a thin strip of porcelain, which is bonded directly to the front of the teeth in order to improve the shape and / or color of your smile.
First, consult your dentist and clearly express what it is that you would like to achieve. Obviously communicating your desires and expectations with your dentist will help ensure that you have successful results that you will be happy with. Your dentist can fully explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
After the initial consultation, your first visit will be to fit you for your new smile. It may be necessary for your dentist to strip away small amounts of the tooth to make room for the porcelain veneers. If this is necessary, a local anesthetic will be used to alleviate any discomfort. Impressions of your teeth will then be made and sent away to be crafted to fit your smile as closely as possible. If your teeth require any contouring, temporary veneers may be given to you to use until the permanent veneers can be finished.
When you return to the dentist for your second visit, your porcelain veneers will be test fitted to your teeth to ensure a comfortable and accurate fit. The dentist will then use a bonding agent to permanently secure the veneers to your teeth, creating a lasting seal. The tooth covering is then hardened, making your new smile durable and able to hold up to daily usage.
Your dentist will no doubt want to see you again for follow-up visits to ensure satisfactory results. Directly after the application of your porcelain veneers, your teeth may be a bit sensitive to temperature. Extremely hot or cold food and beverages should be avoided for the first two weeks if you experience any sensitivity.
As far as care goes, your porcelain tooth covering will be nearly just as durable as your teeth, and will only require the same care your teeth needed before the procedure. Flossing and brushing regularly will ensure that your veneers will last. A professional check-up and cleaning is recommended every 6 months, just as normal. With proper care, your new smile will typically last in upwards of 15 years.
Every dental institution's porcelain tooth coverings may differ slightly from this, but, in general, this is what you can expect when having porcelain dental veneers applied to your teeth. Be sure to consult your dentist to see if porcelain veneers will be helpful to you.[Top]