Porcelain Veneers for Smile makeovers
Dental coatings have long been used for perfect smile cosmetics. With this treatment, it is possible to turn crooked, stained, damaged and badly worn teeth into a whole new plain white smile as seen in most Hollywood adults.
What exactly are the dental coverings?
The coatings are collected from thin laminates with “glued“ chips on the front surface of the teeth or from tooth colored material (which may be porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material) to improve their cosmetic appearance. In way a similar to false finger nails being inserted or pasted onto existing nails, the coatings are pasted in front of existing teeth.
What Treatments or problems are veneers used for?
Stained Teeth – badle stained teeth, which cannot be treated with tooth whitening or prophyflex procedures, can be improved by dental coatings used to cover and hide existing stains on natural teeth.
Damaged Teeth – teeth that have either become badly worn with excessive grinding, by carbonated drinks, or have been chipped or broken in an accident can benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can be quickly repaired with one or more composite bondings or “composite veneers”. A single damaged tooth can be repaired by a single porcelain coating with characteristics and color to match the surrounding teeth, so that it appears natural.
Gaps – spaces or voids between the teeth can also be closed using dental veneers.
What is the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers offer a stronger and more durable alternative to their composite counterparts. Composite veneers are also more prone to staining and are not as long-lasting as porcelain veneers. Composite work is ideal for small teeth because this treatment further protects the natural tooth structure.
Procedure for attaching dental veneers:
1. The first part of any dental procedure is the first consultation and examination carried out by the dentist.
2. Before veneers are designed the teeth will be reshaped and prepared so they can accommodate the veneers.
3. Using a special tool called a burr (a dental drill or file) a tiny amount of the front surface of teeth will be removed. The amount taken away will be equivalent to the thickness of the veneer that will sit over the top of the tooth.
4. Then an impression of the teeth will be taken.
5. Next this “impression” of the teeth is sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory uses the impression to produce an accurate tooth model that is used as a guide to produce new veneers.
6. Before fitting the veneers, they should be tried over natural teeth to check how they look and whether they require some improvement.
7. Then the teeth must be cleaned and the front surfaces roughened with a special acid gel, so that they provide a good surface for the adhesion of the dental cement.
8. The veneers are cemented into place, a special curing light being used to activate the dental cement so that it permanently bonds the veneer to the front surface of the prepared tooth. Any excess cement is usually trimmed away.