Dental veneers are thin covers that adhere to teeth to to improve their appearance. Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.
Veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth. They are often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth. To prepare the teeth, the dentist usually removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth.
Veneers and crowns are both dental restoration methods that can improve the look and function of your teeth.
A veneer covers only the front surface of your tooth. They’re not as invasive as crowns, because the preparation leaves more of your original tooth intact. About half a millimeter of the enamel on the front of the tooth is ground down to roughen the surface for bonding the veneer. Some newer types of veneers don’t need as much (or at all!) grinding of the tooth surface. They can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns and alter the size, shape, and color of teeth. Veneers can add tooth length to worn down teeth and gap space between teeth can be closed without the use of braces. Minor corrections can be accomplished with veneers, so there is no need for orthodontic treatment.
A crown covers the entire tooth. With a crown, more of the tooth needs to be filed or ground down to prepare for the crown placement.
Composite veneers are manufactured right on the premises by the dentist, and applied directly to the teeth. A single appointment is all that’s needed for this procedure, which will bring back your dazzling smile and hide any imperfections. Composite resin doesn't stain as easily as your natural tooth enamel, but it can still become discolored over time. Surface stains may develop after prolonged exposure to highly pigmented drinks, food or nicotine.
Porcelain veneers are wear-resistant (and thus longer-lasting than composite), much more durable (do not change colour over time) and thanks to cutting-edge equipment in the hands of our highly skilled dental lab technicians they faithfully mimic natural dental tissues: they are colour-matching, they preserve the bright, slightly translucent appearance of natural teeth and surface specificity.
Careful depth reduction of tooth structures is carried out to provide a minimum of 0.3 mm or 0.5 mm preparation. All efforts should be made to keep preparation within the enamel for long-term adhesion and also to avoid any unnecessary tooth structure removal.
After your tooth is cleaned, polished and etched to allow a strong bonding process, a special dental cement, colour matched to your teeth and veneers, is applied to the veneer and it is then placed on your tooth.
It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene. You should look after veneers as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and using interdental brush must be part of your daily routine.