Dental veneers have become favourites for people who want to improve the appearance of their smiles. We use customised shells to cover the front part of the teeth to achieve this look. The shells are thin and have a unique colour that blends in with the rest of your teeth to create a natural, translucent surface that improves the appearance of the visible portion of the tooth instantly. It is imperative to go for a consultation before going for their installation as veneers may not be the ideal solutions for particular dental problems.
Veneers can be used on one or a large number of teeth; some patients may need a full set of to be applied to the visible front teeth. They last for between 5 and 20 years based on the type and material used to make them. Patients with the following conditions are eligible for veneer treatment:
• Change the shape of the teeth: Some teeth may be too short or too long, which may create discomfort. Veneers are used to alter the shape of the teeth and even out the problem.
• Whiten teeth: Individuals develop discoloured teeth due to some reasons- smoking or drinking wine or tea. Specific treatments, e.g. high doses of antibiotics also result in discoloured teeth.
• Correct misaligned teeth: Veneers are ideal for people who want to straighten teeth without using braces. They are used to correct misaligned teeth and remove gaps. However, since the procedure involves the removal of a large part of the health of enamel, minors are not eligible for veneer treatment.
• Repair chipped teeth: Individuals who have chipped teeth are also eligible for veneer treatment.
• Repair damaged teeth caused by tooth grinding (bruxism): The condition causes a significant part of the enamel to wear off. The application of porcelain veneers helps restore the cosmetic appearance and protects teeth from developing sensitivity to hot and cold things.
Most veneers are either made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers take longer to fix because each veneer needs to be crafted individually. The process may last as long as three weeks hence, more expensive than composite veneers. They are primarily used to repair minor problems like the shape, size and colour of the teeth and are the best if you want to preserve the majority of the existing tooth structure. Patients with gaps between teeth can also use porcelain veneers. These veneers are also ideal for patients looking to shorten or lengthen teeth.
Fitting the Veneers
At Birchgrove Dental we use different approaches based on the patient’s desired outcome and the material used for the procedure. For example, those who need a simple change in tooth colour undergo a relatively straightforward procedure that is completed in two or three stages.
Normally, there are two ways of applying the veneers; the traditional and prep-less methods. The traditional method involves the removal of a thin layer of enamel before applying the veneer hence, considered irreversible. The second method does not always require enamel removal and follows specific criteria for optimal results.
The dentist begins by removing a small portion of the enamel and taking an impression of the problematic tooth. The imprint is sent to the lab that designs veneers. This process lasts as long as a week, which causes the dentist to schedule a return visit. If the patient is using composite resin veneers, the dentist does not need to schedule another appointment. The veneers are sculpted and shaped in the dentist’s office. Resin cement is used to attach the veneers.
Contact us today to book a consultation for Dental Veneers.