A veneer is a branch of cosmetic dentistry. It is when a thin layer of material, is placed in a thin layer over the outside of a tooth. This can be done for two main reasons: either to create a barrier of protection around the tooth, or to improve the tooth’s physical
appearance. The veneers is usually made of porcelain, but it can also be made up of a composite as well. Veneers are very thin and durable, and can only be made and applied by a dentist and a professional dental laboratory. They are essentially glued or bonded to the front outer layer of the tooth, but when they are applied correctly they are so thin and natural looking that they will look just like a normal tooth. The wearer of the veneer should also not feel any difference in the way their mouth or bite feels.
Even though the feeling of the veneer’s in a person’s mouth should be very minimal, having veneers can completely transform a persons teeth and smile. They are a great alternative to having crowns made, which requires that the tooth be shaved down and completely capped. Instead the veneer works with your existing tooth, which can be a more in-depth process and can cause more discomfort during the dentist visit.
Veneers can be used to treat multiple conditions. Often a cosmetic dentist may suggest applying a veneer in order to restore a single tooth that may be discolored or perhaps chipped or broken. There is also a large demand for the “hollywood treatment” veeners, where all of the front teeth are given veneers to give someone the effect of the perfect white smile that most movie stars always seem to have. Another situation that veneers are often used in is when someone has spaces or gaps between their teeth that are not easily repaired by using braces. If someone tends to grit their teeth and has worn down the edges of their teeth, it often gives their teeth a prematurely aged look, and veneers can help someone’s teeth to look straight and tall again.
Veneers are durable and can last many years, but they are not a permanent treatment. Over time, the veneers will break down and will need to be repaired or replaced, so the possibility of future maintenance on them should be taken into account when considering if veneers are the right solution for a particular person.
The process of getting veneers is pretty simple, and is usually done over the course of two visits to the dentist. On the first visit, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth that are going have veneers applied to them. The front surface of the teeth are lightly buffed down and shaped so that the veneer application will not increase the natural thickness of the tooth. The dentist will also select the shade of the veneers to make sure that they match the rest of the mouth. One the second visit the teeth are cleaned with special solutions that will allow the veneer to be adhered to the tooth, and then the veneer is cemented on. All of this is done with little to no pain or anesthesia.