Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the tooth. They are one of the simplest dental restorations and are wafer-thin pieces of ceramic fabricated in such a way that their contour perfectly resembles the frontal surface of a tooth. Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, such as re-contouring and restructuring the teeth, getting rid of the surface imperfections, covering the discoloration on the tooth surface, etc.
What are the advantages of veneers?
- Veneers can be customized as required to mimic the exact appearance of a natural tooth, thereby keeping it under disguise.
- Though veneers are just as thin as a few sheets of paper put together, they offer excellent strength and durability when bonded to the teeth.
- Veneers can be used for both aesthetic and functional purposes.
- Fabricating and bonding the veneer to the teeth is quite a simple and quick process. Once bonded, the veneer would offer excellent stability.
- Veneers can be used for multiple purposes, such as covering cracks, eliminating excessive gaps between adjacent teeth, covering teeth discoloration, etc.
What is the procedure involved?
The dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of your oral condition and understand its severity. During the preparation phase, it is necessary to remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth to make space for the veneer. Hence, we will gently grind the tooth and prepare its surface. Digital scans will be taken to create a highly-precise impression of the teeth, which will be used as a reference at a dental laboratory. It may take a few days for the veneer to be fabricated.
We will prepare the tooth for restoration during the next consultation by cleaning it and etching its surface using an etching solution. This roughens the tooth surface and enables the veneer to adhere well to the tooth. We use dental adhesives for the bonding process, which will then be hardened using a curing light. A bite test will reveal any changes in the bite, after which we will make the necessary modifications. It will be polished to make it appear just like a natural tooth.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Corbo, and we will be happy to assist you further.