What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are attached to the fronts of your teeth. The most commonly-used material for veneers is porcelain as it mimics the look of tooth enamel, reflecting light in similar ways and giving a more natural appearance than other materials. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, or worn down, and can change the shape, size, or length of teeth.
How Dental Veneers Are Applied
Before any work can be done, you’ll need to have a consultation with your dentist to make sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Depending on the condition of your teeth, your bite occlusion, and some other factors, some preparation may be needed before the veneers can be applied. Your dentist may need to make room for the veneers to fit onto your teeth, so about half a millimeter of enamel will be removed. A local anesthetic can be used if needed. Other types of porcelain veneers require less preparation.
Once the teeth are prepared, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth (At Salloum Dental Clinic SDC we are using modern Digital Scanning) procedure to replace regular impressions which are sent to the dental laboratory where the veneers are fabricated.
Modern Digital technology is applied to fabricate the veneers using Cad-Cam technology machines and software for designing and milling your veneers with super high accuracy according to the smile design.
( please refer to our blog of Hollywood Digital Smile Design).
Within two or three days, the permanent veneers should be ready. Your dentist will first check the fit on your teeth and make any adjustments needed. Your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched.
This last step roughens the tooth and allows for a stronger hold of the veneers. A special cement is used to bond the veneers to the teeth. Once placed, a special light is shined on the veneers, activating chemicals in them that cause them to harden quickly. Your dentist will then remove any excess cement, check the bite, and make any necessary adjustments.( watch attached video)
You may have to make one more visit to the dentist to check that your gums are responding well to the veneers and that they are working properly, but besides that, you’ll be able to use them the same as your natural teeth.
Click on the video below and enjoy watching.