General dentistry can be split into three separate areas; preventative, restorative, and cosmetic. Preventative dentistry is concerned with keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Restorative dentistry involves fixing and restoring decayed or missing teeth. There is some overlap with cosmetic dentistry which is concerned with the look of the teeth. There is some overlap between cosmetic and restorative procedures with crowns, bridges, and implants being used in both types.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry technique used to alter the shape and size of existing teeth. They have been used successfully for decades and provide a reliable way to improve your smile. With today’s material and dentistry techniques, they are now more resilient and natural looking than they have been in the path.
The veneers themselves are thin shells composed of ceramic, porcelain, or other synthetic material that are affixed to existing teeth with a special bonding agent. Porcelain veneers look and feel more like real teeth than other types, which is why they are often used to repair front teeth.
Reasons to get veneers
There are many cosmetic issues that can be fixed with veneers:
- Chipped or broken teeth – restore self-confidence in your smile
- Change the shape of a tooth or teeth – uneven or misshapen teeth can be made to look straighter and level
- Close gaps between teeth
- To change the color of the teeth – permanently cover discolored teeth
- Cost-effective – they are often cheaper than other forms of cosmetic dentistry
The process of fitting veneers
Veneers can be assessed and fitted in just a few visits. A dentist will look at your existing teeth, smile, and take any necessary x-rays. They will discuss your options with you and what kind of result you can expect to achieve.
Once you’ve discussed and approved the procedure, a digital impression of your teeth will be taken so that specialist technicians can construct your new veneers for your new smile.
In order to get the best veneer placement and long-lasting results, your teeth need to be prepared. This is done by cleaning, polishing, and removing some of the enamel from the teeth, this creates a porous surface on which to bond the new veneer.
Your new veneers are then bonded in place with the use of high-intensity light that cures the bonding agent quickly.
The dentist will then assess your new veneers and bite patterns to make sure that they have been placed correctly and any adjustments made.
Taking care of your veneers
Like natural teeth, veneers can break under strong pressure. Avoid hard foods like ice or biting your fingernails.
It is still possible to get cavities around or under your veneers. Maintain a good oral hygiene routine which includes brushing and flossing every day and regular visits to your dentist.
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