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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 teeth.


Dental Veneer before after image

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 same time.

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