Veneers are a type of cosmetic dental appliance dentists use to cover imperfections in the teeth. These appliances are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells placed on the front of a tooth. They hide tooth fractures, cracks, stains, and discoloration, leaving you with a beautiful smile. They’re permanent cosmetic fixtures and can only be installed and removed by a professional dentist in a clinical setting.
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The consultation establishes rapport between you and your dentist. It lets the dentist understand more about your cosmetic goals, expectations, and budget. The dentist will also conduct examinations and take x-rays of your teeth to determine whether veneers are suitable. They’ll also treat any underlying conditions like tooth decay and gum disease (if applicable).
If you get the go-ahead, the dentist will create a treatment plan for your veneers. The treatment plan will outline intricate details of your treatment and include a timeline of the same. Tooth preparation involves using etching acid to roughen the tooth’s surface for better adhesion with the veneer.
After etching, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth by using a digital scanner or a tray filled with a putty-like substance. These impressions are sent to a lab where they fabricate your custom dentures in two to three weeks.
The dentist will call you in for a placement appointment once the veneers arrive. Placement starts with applying bonding material (usually dental glue) to the affected teeth. The dentist then gently places the veneers on the tooth's surface. They then use a special light to cure the dental bonding material and cement the veneers in place. After a few touch-ups, the patients are good to go.
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Several factors affect how long veneers last. However, you should expect around 10 to 20 years from your veneers, on average. Composite veneers last 7 to 10 years, while porcelain veneers are more durable and can last up to 20 years. That said, taking good care of your oral hygiene and limiting your alcohol consumption can extend the longevity of your veneers.
Fortunately, veneers are impervious to cavities and don’t decay like natural teeth However, this isn’t a pass to neglect oral hygiene and eat all the sugary and starchy food you want. Remember, the teeth underneath your veneers are still prone to cavities and will deteriorate if you neglect proper dental care. This deterioration loosens the veneers until they eventually fail.
Dental veneers are an aesthetic solution for imperfect teeth, meaning teeth damaged by tooth decay or physical impact causing cracks, chips, or fractures. Veneers can also be used to hide widespread discoloration in the teeth.
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