Dental veneers go by different names. Some call them “dental porcelain laminates” while others referred to them as “porcelain veneers”.
Typically, dental veneers are thinly made shells made from resin composite or porcelain material and used to cover up the front tooth or teeth of a patient.
Since it is made from porcelain, it can be painted white to basically match your other teeth and greatly enhance your overall appearance.
After the porcelain shells are made and coloured, they are fitted to the front side of your teeth with the use of a non-toxic adhesive. With dental veneers the length, size, shape and colour of your entire dentition is improved, boosting your confidence and self-esteem in the process.
Dentist Gosford At Kariong Dental Care we work hard to improve your look by fitting high quality customised dental veneers for people in Gosford and environs.
Why are Dental Veneers Needed?
There are many reasons why you may need dental veneers. However, the most common reasons include;
- When your teeth are discoloured. This may be due to the use of drugs such as tetracycline. It could also be as a result of excess fluoride.
- Dental veneers could be needed when your teeth have been worn down.
- If you have damaged or chipped tooth/teeth, dental veneers is an option you could go for.
- Where you have poorly shaped, uneven, and misaligned teeth; dental veneers can help to improve your look.
- If you have large gaps or openings between your teeth, dental veneers will help to fill out those gaps.
How to get Dental Veneers
If you have decided to get dental veneers, it usually means that you would have to visit a qualified dentist like those at Kariong Dental Care at least three times.
You would first have to come in for a consultation, then your next visit would be to create the customized veneers and the third visit would be when the veneers are applied.
This three-prong approach ensures that you are properly diagnosed and advised on the best dental restorative options for you.
During your first visit, your teeth are examined by a dentist or team of dentists. You are briefed on your current oral health and advised on the best options. If needed, x-rays may be done and you may be required to have impressions of your teeth done as well.
In preparing your tooth or teeth for routine dental veneer treatment, the surface of your tooth/teeth would have to be reshaped by a dentist. The idea is to have the surface of the tooth or teeth appear natural and not protrude out when the veneers are eventually fitted. Local anaesthetic is usually applied before your tooth enamel is trimmed.
Once an impression of your tooth or teeth is obtained, it is used in constructing the dental veneers. Construction of the dental veneers may take a couple of weeks. If your teeth are really bad and pretty much unsightly, you may be fitted with tentative dental veneers.
Your third visit to the dentist is when the veneers will be bonded to cover up the front side of your teeth. The veneers may be trimmed if need be to ensure that it fits perfectly and naturally. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are advised even after the veneer procedure is concluded.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
The most obvious benefit is an enhanced, natural appearance. However, it must be mentioned that porcelain-based veneers have very good resistance to stains. Also, porcelain veneers rarely irritate gum tissue.
Dental veneers offer a less costly, affordable, and conservative routine dental treatment option for anyone wishing to reshape and recolour their teeth.