Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of ceramic fabricated so as to resemble the frontal surface of a tooth. They are one of the simplest dental restorations in terms of fabricating and bonding to the teeth and are used for cosmetic purposes, such as re-contouring and restructuring teeth, getting rid of the surface imperfections, covering tooth stains, etc. Veneers are made of porcelain and are bonded to the surface of the teeth to restore worn-out, misshapen teeth.
Veneers - advantages
- Veneers can be fabricated in such a way to mimic the exact appearance of a natural tooth, making it unnoticeable.
- Veneers offer excellent strength and durability when bonded to the teeth.
- Veneers can be used for aesthetic and functional purposes.
- Fabricating and bonding the veneer to the teeth is a simple and quick process.
- Veneers can cover cracks, eliminate excessive gaps between adjacent teeth, cover teeth discoloration, etc.
During your dental visit, the dentist will diagnose your oral condition and understand its severity. During the preparation phase, the dentist removes a thin layer of enamel from the tooth to make space for the veneer by grinding the tooth. After preparing the surface, digital scans will be taken to create a highly-precise impression of the teeth. This will be used as a reference at a dental laboratory to fabricate the veneer.
During your next dental visit, the dentist prepares the tooth for restoration by cleaning it and etching its surface using an etching solution. This roughens the tooth surface and enables the veneer to stick well to the tooth. Using dental adhesives, the veneers are bonded onto the teeth and then be hardened using a curing light. It will be further polished to make it appear just like a natural tooth.