Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure where a thin layer of tooth-coloured biocompatible restoration material such as porcelain or composite resin is bonded to the tooth surface to improve its aesthetic appearance. Veneers can be used in cases of discoloured teeth, chipped teeth, gaps between the teeth (diastema), minor malformations or misalignment of teeth. Veneers are case selective and your dentist will decide if you are a good candidate to undergo this short procedure.
• Your dentist will first explain the procedure and understand your expectations
• Some dentists will have a 3D representation of the possible final result. Therefore, you will have an idea before starting the treatment.
• Scaling (cleaning) will be done and any decayed teeth will be filled.
• The teeth that will have a veneer will be identified and minimal, conservative tooth preparation will be carried out. By doing this, the dentist will remove a wafer-thin layer of the enamel surface of the tooth. This is to create a space for the veneer, to give it a natural finish and ensure that the veneer is bonded well to the tooth surface.
• Measurements and impressions of the teeth might be taken up to two or three times during the procedure.
• The shade of the veneers will be chosen after careful color matching with your natural teeth.
• Temporary veneers might be given in some cases.
• It usually takes any time between a couple of days to a week or two for the dental lab to fabricate your veneers.
• The final sitting will involve the dentist bonding these veneers received from the lab on to your tooth surface using dental cement.
• Chipped teeth
• Discoloured teeth
• Minor lengthening of tooth surface
• Coverage of unaesthetic restorations
• Correction of minor malformations of the tooth surface
• Coverage of exposed tooth root surfaces
• Improve unaesthetic gum lines
• Coverage of minor tooth abrasions
• Covering minor gaps between teeth (diastemas)
• Correcting minor issues in teeth alignment or positioning
• Unaesthetic teeth surface, enamel malformations
• Fractured teeth needing a crown and root canal treatment
• Incompletely erupted teeth
Habits such as night grinding, clenching, etc.
• Severe alignment issues, crowding of teeth
• Root canal treated teeth
• Quick, easy, fairly painless procedure
• Realistic appearance
• Does not involve excess loss of normal tooth
• High resistance to staining
• Durability and versatility
• Fairly permanent results: Veneers last for up to 7-10 years depending on maintenance.

• High cost
• Need for a replacement if damaged or stained
• Teeth sensitivity: Following the procedure, some patients may experience increased sensitivity which usually resolves in a few weeks time.
• Case selectivity: Not all patients are good candidates for veneers. Improper case selection might lead to failure of the procedure.
The above article proves that Veneers might be your perfect solution to achieving a perfect smile! Especially for those with low confidence about their appearance, veneers might give you a drastic improvement. If you are getting married soon, want to get into the film industry, or just want to improve your smile, considering veneers is the best option.
Visit a dentist near you to find out if you are a good candidate and to undergo this procedure! Visit to book an appointment!

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