Veneers are fragile, thin custom-made shells placed over the teeth to cover up damage like discoloration and wear. They are bound to the front of the denticle to cover up damage. They are usually made up of tooth-colored material. Also known as porcelain veneers and dental porcelain laminates, this dental procedure helps repair the damage done to your teeth. Madison Family Dental Associates will guide you through our process by obtaining your information and determining if you are in need of veneers or not.
Why You May Need Veneers
Dental veneers are required mostly in severe discoloration of the tooth, usually caused by drugs like tetracycline, excess of fluoride in dental use products, root canal procedure, and large resin fillings. The teeth may also need veneers when they get worn out and chipped. Uneven tooth shape and gaps among teeth may also be a potential cause for getting veneers.
Material of Veneers
As the veneers cover up the front of the tooth, they are mostly made up of tooth-colored materials. Porcelain and resin composite materials are used to make veneers, with porcelain being the more popular one because of its non-staining property.
Procedure of Fixing Veneers
A tooth examination is done before the procedure to ensure the teeth are in good condition for veneers. An x-ray of the mouth and teeth may also be taken to help create a model of the teeth.
After examination, the tooth/teeth requiring veneers are recontoured by trimming the enamel to some extent to achieve a suitable shape for the veneer thickness. An impression of the denticles is taken and is sent to the dental lab for building the veneer. The building process takes up to two to four weeks. While the veneer is prepared, a temporary veneer is placed over the patient’s teeth to avoid any damage to the teeth. As the enamel has been removed, the teeth may become a bit sensitive. When the veneer arrives, the dentist will first check the veneer by placing and removing it a few times to confirm the perfect fit and make any adjustments and trimmings to the veneer, if required. Then the temporary veneer is replaced by the permanent veneer. The permanent veneer is secured in place by using dental cement. Once placed, the adhesive is hardened using unique beam lights. These lights activate special chemicals in the cement, which helps it set real quickly. Once complete, this procedure cannot be undone.
Caring for a Dental Veneer
Veneers are said to last for a good seven to fifteen years, but a few things are essential to follow when caring for veneers. It is crucial to avoid chewing on pens, pencils, ice, and other hard objects. It is also vital to avoid putting too much pressure on the teeth and clenching and grinding the teeth because if chipped or cracked, veneers cannot be repaired.
Otherwise, an excellent oral hygiene routine is mostly all required for veneer care. Although porcelain is stain resistant, it is recommended to mostly avoid staining foods and beverages.
Veneers are very beneficial and continue to be beneficial for many people with unfortunate tooth situations. For more information on veneers feel free to contact our team, Madison Family Dental Associates, at 608-274-5970.