Dental Veneers - Laminates
Ceramic Dental laminate veneers are thin ceramic shells in white color and
are fitted perfectly on to the visible side of cleaned anterior teeth. As is the
case with bonding, veneers are also used to hide staining, cracks, chipping etc
or to alter the shape or size of the patient's teeth. Veneers are better than
bonding due to its better resistance to discoloration and the lower risk of
losing its shine.
Usually it takes two appointments with your dentist before he can complete the
procedure. In the first session, he will take an impression of the teeth and
make the veneers according to the necessary size. As they do not need much
resizing of the original teeth, only a small portion of the teeth need to be
removed so that the veneer can be set in place. The impression taken after teeth
cleanup, the photos taken and models created are sent to the lab.
Then the lab will create the porcelain shells as per the dimensions of the
patient's teeth. These veneers are going to fit perfectly on the patient's
The dentist is going to attach the veneers on to the
patient's teeth during the very next appointment. It is a time consuming
process, as each veneer has to be perfectly aligned on the correct tooth. The
dentist may have to resize the veneer so as to match it perfectly with the
patient's tooth. The final cementing of the tooth will be done only after
adjusting and fitting the veneer to perfection.
Even though this one is a time consuming procedure, the end results would be
really satisfactory. As ceramic laminate veneer procedure is much more long
lasting and durable than composite resin teeth restorations, these are the most
popular method of the times to provide you with the best smile possible.
Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers FAQ
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
These are very thin shells of ceramic product cemented on to the front of your
teeth. In this procedure, there is no need for numbing the area. As these
porcelain veneers are very effective in covering any stains and bringing your
original smile back, this can be used with satisfactory results. These veneers
can protect your front teeth from stains like coffee, tea, cigarette smoking
etc. Besides they are known to blend perfectly with the teeth after it is
cemented in place. The finish of veneers is the best when compared to that
gained from other dental restoration procedures.
Why Should I Opt For Porcelain Veneers?
In most cases, these are a better choice than crowns. Porcelain veneers can help
you to change the color, size and shape of your teeth. Discoloration due to
tetracycline, injuries, root canal treatment, stained tooth fillings etc can be
taken care of by veneers. These can be used to cover up gaps among front teeth,
cracked, worn out teeth etc.
What Exactly Happens During The Procedure?
Along with your dentist, you should be part of the decision making to use the
veneer so as to enhance your smile. Understand and accept the fact that this
procedure has limited efficiency.
Before cementing the porcelain veneers in place the teeth need to be buffed so
as to adjust its size for the thickness of veneers. After numbing the local
area, roughly half a millimeter thickness of teeth is removed. Also an
impression of the teeth is taken and the same is sent to the labs to make the
veneer based on it. Usually, this can take a week or so to complete. Until the
veneers are set in place, the buffed teeth are going to look a bit different. If
you choose to, you can opt for a temporary veneer, for the time being, by paying
the necessary fees.
Bonding Of Veneers.
Initially, your dentist will test the veneers on your teeth with the help of
water or glycerin to see if it is a perfect fit or not. At this time, the color
contrast between the veneer and the teeth and other aesthetic aspects are also
taken in to consideration. In case, there is any color difference this can be
adjusted by changing the color of the cement used. Once the veneers are
permanently set in place, then color alterations are impossible. Prior to
setting the veneers in place, the teeth will be washed with a chemical solution
so as to make them stick to the veneers properly. As the last step, the veneers
are set on to the teeth permanently with cement as the glue. Optionally, a
special light can be used to speed up the cement setting process.
It may take a week or so before you will get totally used to the new teeth and
its size difference. Dental hygiene practices like brushing and flossing must be
properly followed. You must go for a follow up appointment with your dentist as
per his suggestion.
Be Realistic In Your Expectations
Veneers cannot do complete justice to the look and feel of your natural teeth.
But they are the closest possible replacements. If you look close enough, you
may find slight color differences between veneers and your natural teeth. But
veneers are known to boost the self-confidence and smile of the receiver at the
in combination, all of these
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