Having a flawless smile can be a dream for many, specifically for those who have had an injury that affected their teeth. However, with the advancement and latest researches, the fear of moving around people with chipped front teeth has reduced considerably, and veneers have been a source of rescue for many. At Truth General Dentistry not only do the veneers help to hide chipped and broken teeth, but the faded color of the teeth can also be restored.
What are they?
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are fitted on top of the natural tooth. These shells improve the aesthetic appearance of a person’s smile. A person may choose to cover up their existing teeth and change the color, shape, size, or length as per his/her own likeness. The most frequent reason for using these shells is for teeth whitening. The two most common materials used for making the covering at Truth General Dentistry, Sugar Land, are porcelain and resin-composite.
When to choose veneers?
People may have many different dental concerns and would choose to opt for the veneer to fix them. But before deciding to use veneer, one must understand if he/she needs it. The veneer can help to fix the following issues:
Worn away enamel
Gaps between teeth
Faded or stained teeth
Chipped or broken teeth
Different types of veneers
A person can get a beautiful smile by choosing from various different types of veneers offered at Truth General Dentistry. Each type is designed to meet certain cosmetic needs of the patients. After evaluating the condition of your teeth, the dentist will be able to judge which veneer would suit your smile. The main types of dental veneers are as under:
Composite veneer allows you to restore your smile in a single visit. This type of veneer is prepared at the dental office and applied easily by a dentist. These conceal the cracks, gaps, and dull shade of the teeth. With a bare minimum investment, you can get your attractive smile back quickly and smoothly.
These do the same magic as the composite veneers; however, these need a laboratory for preparation. Porcelain veneers work similarly as artificial nails and need cementing on the front surface of the teeth. On the first visit, the dentist takes the impression of teeth and prepares the veneers. On the second visit, the dentist cements the veneer on the teeth. The high-quality material used for making the veneer makes it durable. The patient can choose to match the shades with the surrounding teeth, so they look as natural as the others.
The procedure of getting veneers
The entire procedure of getting your smile fixed is very simple and does not need a lot of hassle.
– Evaluating the need
The dentist in the first visit evaluates the need for applying the veneer so that the best option is chosen for correcting your smile. He/she may take an X-Ray and also take the impression of your teeth so that the veneer fits perfectly on your teeth.
The second stage is of preparing the teeth for bonding the veneer. The dentist removes a bit of enamel so that the veneer fits perfectly. After removing the enamel, the dentist would take an impression of your tooth on which he/she fits the veneer so that the same size and shape will be prepared in the lab. The dentist then sends the mold or impression to a laboratory where the veneers are prepared. It takes almost 2 to 3 weeks for the preparation during which temporary veneers can be fixed.
– Cementing and bonding
Once the dentist receives the veneers, he/she prepares to fix these on your teeth. The dentist will adjust the size and shape of the veneer before permanently cementing it to your teeth. The trimming will help a dentist to fit these properly on your teeth. The dentist at Truth General Dentistry then cleans and polishes the teeth for fitting the veneer. He/she then uses cement, matching the color of teeth, to bond the veneer. Later the dentist applies a special beam light, which activates and hardens the chemical in the cement, bonding it strongly. As a final touch, the dentist removes any extra cement and checks your bite to determine the success of the placement of the veneer.
Taking care of veneers is essential to increase their lifespan. As veneers are not natural; therefore, these have certain limitations. The following will help to increase their life:
- Avoid chewing hard food like candy, bones, carrots, etc. so these may not chip the shell. Furthermore, those who have a habit of biting teeth need to be cautious.
- Visit a dentist at Truth General Dentistry for a follow up checkup every six months so that any issue can be sorted quickly.
- Brushing and flossing help to remove any tartar and keep the veneers as shiny as possible.
- Those who grind their teeth at night may need to use a mouth guard to protect the veneer from coming off.