Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers, which are also known as dental porcelain laminates, are custom-made for every person’s individual teeth. They are made of extremely thin ceramic shells or shells made of resin material, which is tooth coloured.

Its purpose is mainly to give an improved colour, shape, size or length to your teeth, giving you a better appearance, closer to the one you desire for yourself, but most of all, it is a procedure that is opted for by people who complain of discolouration in their teeth. Most people get dental veneers on their front teeth only as those are the ones that show. Some people even opt for veneers as a substitute for crowns, in case of a tooth defect or a root canal. Veneers can also conceal a tooth that has been chipped off as a result of an injury or alike. This, in many ways can serve as a better option that crowns, but then again, it really depends on the state of the tooth and your desired results. It is, however, one of the least painful procedures of improving one’s smile and requires little or no anaesthesia.

Ceramic vs. Resin Dental Veneers

The difference between the ceramic and resin veneers is that although ceramic veneers are much better at warding off stains on its surface, and seem much more realistic, they are slightly thicker than the resin ones, and therefore, require removal of more of the tooth surface. The resin ones on the other hand thinner and hence, lesser removal of the tooth surface. What option will suit you best, is something your dentist will be able to advise you best on. Either way they are bound to last a long time, even years, given that they have been applied properly, using the right techniques.

It is important to remember that veneers are a dental procedure and not a magic wand. They are a part of an artificial procedure and not a replica of your natural teeth. Therefore, one must keep all expectations as realistic as possible. Get your dentist to give you an idea as to what you must expect, in terms of the good as well as the bad. Slight variations in colour are possible, especially for someone looking at your teeth up-close. But you may not find this to be an issue as this much occurs with your natural teeth as well.

Ongoing Care

Once the procedure is complete, there will be some discomfort, because it takes time to get used to your new teeth. Obviously, there is new material inside your mouth and in some cases the shape, length and size may even be different. Gradually, you will adjust. Let your dentist follow-up after a week or two. In the meantime, as well as afterwards, keep flossing and brushing regularly as you’d do with normal teeth. Maintenance is the key to make your veneers last longer and keep your smile bright and pleasant.

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