Dental Veneers: A custom cosmetic dentistry solution
For anyone looking to improve the look of their smile, dental veneers have become a popular option. Veneers are highly versatile and can be used by a dentist to correct or conceal a number of dental impurities that can hinder the smile’s appearance.
Veneers can be used to correct and transform the look of crooked teeth or teeth that are excessively stained. Teeth that are damaged or are badly worn down can also be treated through the use of veneers.
It may seem surprising to think that veneers, simply wafer-thin slivers of porcelain, can deliver such versatility as a treatment. They can even be shaded and shaped to provide a perfect match to a patient’s existing teeth!
Whether it is concealing badly stained teeth that might not be improved by teeth whitening treatments or closing off gaps in teeth to provide a fuller-looking smile, a dentist can use veneers to deliver a truly stunning smile.
Typically made of porcelain, which is translucent and highly receptive to natural light, veneers can allow the tooth’s natural color to shine through, further aiding in the aesthetics of the treatment. Composite veneers are also available, but are less receptive to natural light, and can often leave smiles looking dull.
The dental procedure for veneers is straightforward. First, the dentist will conduct an initial examination of the teeth to understand the patient’s wishes and answer questions they might have. Then, the tooth to be treated is shaved of a small quantity of tooth enamel.
After this is done, the dentist will then take a series of impressions of the teeth using dental putty. From these impressions, a dental laboratory will create the veneers according to the desired size, shape and coloration. The dentist, upon receipt, then cements the veneers into place over the patient’s existing tooth.
The veneer and tooth work in tandem, offering each other strength and support. Dental veneers can last up to ten years, and sometimes even longer with proper care. Good dental hygiene, including regular checkups from your dentist can help to prolong the life of veneers.