Dental veneers are a potential solution to achieve the look you desire. They are a popular choice for those with a misshaped teeth or a gap between teeth. They can also help the discolored teeth which cannot be restored by cleaning or bleaching.

What is dental veneer?

Dental veneers are also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain overlays. These are thin, tooth-colored shells specially designed to cover the surface of teeth to enhance your appearance. These shells are clung to the front of the teeth to change the color shape, size, or length.

Why would I need a dental veneer?

  • When your teeth are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching veneer can help to hide the stains.
  • Chipped or worn teeth: When you have a tooth which is worn veneer is the best possible treatment to correct it.
  • Uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth: In such cases placing a veneer will help to make the teeth appear aesthetically good.

Expert's Opinions

  • Dr. Zita Antao Dental Director of Sabka dentist says "Dental Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural, attractive look.They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down or unevenly spaced teeth.”
  • Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director of Sabka dentist says "Porcelain Veneers are strong, long lasting and don't stain easily unlike composite veneers that are not that strong and stain easily. However, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly, while porcelain veneers are permanent.”
  • Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director of Sabka dentist says "Before you get veneers, your teeth and gums must be healthy. It is not a good choice for patients who clench/grind their teeth."

What is the process of placing a veneer?

Treatment planning: This initial step is to find out whether treatment is suitable for you. It requires your active participation. Explain to your dentist about the result you are expecting. During the consultation, your dentist will look at your teeth to ensure dental veneers are suitable for you and discuss the procedures and its limitations. The dentist may use the X-ray to analyze the tooth condition.

Preparation To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove as little amount as required to place the veneer. This is amount almost equivalent to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming the tooth enamel, you and your dentist have to discuss if you have the necessary of numbing the surrounding area.

Next, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth. Then this impression will be sent to the laboratory where the veneer will be made. Generally, it may take two weeks to place the final veneer. Generally, they will place temporary dental veneers.

Bonding: Before cementing a permanent veneer the dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to check its fit and color. The veneer will repeatedly be removed and trimmed as needed to achieve the proper fit. The color of the veneer shade can be balanced with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to get the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, and polished. This procedure roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer then placed to the tooth.

You may require a few visits in two or three weeks to check how your gums are reacting to the veneers.

Benefits of porcelain veneers:

  • They are strong and long-lasting: With proper care, a veneer can last for many years. Your dentist will teach you about how to keep it well.

  • They have a natural-looking surface: If you are thinking to achieve a natural-looking smile veneer is the best possible solution. Your dentist will help you to make the custom fit arrangement according to your expectation.

  • Less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap: Before placing any artificial material to the tooth the tooth surface is to be prepared. The dentist will trim the tooth surface to make the crown fit. In the case of veneer, the trimming amount would be less since it has to be fit in the one surface of the tooth.

  • They don’t stain easily: The veneers are made from porcelain material which is resistant to any kind of stains. However daily brushing is required to keep the mouth clean and infection free.

What to know before getting veneer

  • Your teeth and gums should be healthy before you get veneers. If you have any gum decease it should be treated before getting the veneer inserted.

  • Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may crack due to grinding the teeth. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend wearing a plastic dental night guard at night.

  • The dentist removes only the required amount of tooth enamel to insert the veneers. Although the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.

  • Sometimes it is possible for veneers to come loose over time, they can fall from the place. In that case, new ones might be needed.

  • It is suggested to discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are required for keeping teeth and gums healthy.

After you get veneers:
  • Veneers may break under pressure. So, your dentist may suggest avoiding biting hard foods.

  • It may take you a few days to get adjusted to the feel of your veneers. In the starting days of wearing veneer, you may not feel comfortable. But discuss with your dentist if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. He or she will correct it before you leave the clinic.

  • Keep your gums clean by brushing and flossing. There is a possibility that you can still get cavities under or around veneers. To ensure you are doing in a proper way.

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About Author

Dr.Ankita Gada is a dental director allianced with SabkaDentist. She is a highly skilled dental Surgeon and Implantologist with an experience of more than 10 years. She Pursued her BDS degree from Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, and completed her PGDBA, Marketing from Symbiosis University, Pune.
She is a highly- skilled dentist in implants and planning full mouth rehabilitation cases. She is well versed with all the advanced technology and materials of dentistry that allows her to keep up with the constant changes in the field of modern dentistry.