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How do you feel about having slightly crooked teeth or chipped teeth? That too, if they are in the front? Some don’t mind as everyone has a unique smile, after all.
But, if they make you feel self-conscious about showing off your smile, then dental veneers are the solution for you. They give you a beautiful smile by restoring teeth that are stained, broken or slightly misaligned, worn, chipped, or even to fill a gap between two teeth. They are the smile makeovers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells that bond to the front surface of the teeth. Made up of composite resin or porcelain, they are designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are custom made, tooth-colored shells that fit over the front of your tooth.
Dental veneers are not for back molars. They give a classically shaped look and improve the appearance. The aim of the dental veneer is to change the size, color, shape and appearance of the natural teeth. They, however, cannot replace missing teeth.
When do you Need Dental Veneers
Dental Veneers are an excellent solution for many minor, aesthetic issues. They can treat the following cosmetic concerns, namely
- uneven coloring or severe discoloration that whitening cannot fix
- broken or chipped teeth
- gaps between the tooth
- pointed or irregular shaped teeth
- smaller than average size teeth
A dental veneer is shaded to match the patient’s original tooth color. This gives a pleasing natural-looking appearance. A veneer gives the look of a natural tooth. This effectively means that you get a tooth that is not discolored, uneven, chipped or otherwise compromised.
The unattractive tooth is hidden beneath the layer of the dental veneer. Once your tooth is fixed, dental veneers can be treated just like a natural tooth when it comes to dental hygiene and related matters.
Are Dental Veneers Suitable for You
Dental veneers are suitable for all adults, whether male or female. They can lead an ideal transformation for both individual teeth or the entire row. You can use them on their own, or you can use them as an addition to other orthodontic interventions.
When you are using them as an addition with braces, you get high-grade end results. The top front eight teeth are the most common candidate for applying veneers. Having said this, nobody prevents you from applying dental veneers to other teeth.
In normal circumstances, one veneer is sufficient for a broken or chipped tooth. But, people can opt for six to eight veneers in order to create an even symmetrical smile.
Just talk to our experienced team at REPC Dubai today for an honest as well as a practical solution.
Dental Veneer Procedure
Normally, the complete procedure requires three trips to the dentist, one for a diagnosis, the second for preparation and the final session for bonding of the veneers. Whether it is one tooth or many teeth, the veneering process can be done at the same time in normal circumstances. However, there may be exceptions if there are complications.
Step 1 Diagnosis
The first consultation session is for diagnosis and the treatment planning takes place. There will be a discussion with your dentist about the end results expected out of the treatment.
Your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure dental veneers are the correct option for you. He will discuss the procedure and will also inform you about any limits or any complications.
The dentist will take some x-rays and will explain to you about the procedure and what to expect in each session. If everything is normal, then he will take impressions of your mouth and teeth.
Step 2 Preparation
In this session, your dentist will reshape the tooth surface to prepare a tooth for a veneer. The dentist will take a call on whether to numb the area before trimming off the enamel. He will take impressions of your mouth and teeth.
Your customized veneer will be made with this impression. It may take about two to four weeks to get it. Till then you can use the temporary dental veneers.
Step 3 Bonding
Once your customized veneers are ready, the temporary veneers are removed. The dentist will place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color. This process of removing and trimming the veneer is done repeatedly to achieve the perfect fit.
The tooth is then cleaned by brushing a weak acidic solution, polished, and etched. The weak acidic solution removes any mineral build-up, which may compromise the strength of the bond.
The etching helps to roughen the tooth. This would allow a strong bonding process. The dental veneer is then fixed to the front of your tooth using dental cement. Once the perfect fit is achieved, the veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth.
Once the veneer is properly positioned, your dentist will shine a special light beam on it to activate chemicals in the cement, which causes it to harden very quickly. Your veneer color is then adjusted with the shade of cement to be used.
The final step involves the removal of excess cement, checking your bite and making last round adjustments. There may be another follow-up session that checks your gums and the placement of the veneer.
Dental Veneers Aftercare
There will be a follow-up appointment to check and ensure that the veneers have stayed in place. You can report any discomfiture due to the veneers, so that they can be fixed by the dentist.
Although, there are no restrictions on any foods or beverages if one has fitted new dental veneers. Yet, over a period of time, the veneers may get stained. To prevent staining of the veneers, One must avoid tea, red wine and coffee to prevent staining of dental veneers.
To have the maximum lifespan of the dental veneers, you need to follow some do’s and don’ts.
- Refrain from biting fingernails or chewing hard objects as dental veneers can chip or break under pressure.
- You will take a few days to get used to your veneers. If you feel that your bite is not right after veneer placement, then inform your dentist. The dentist will fix the issue in the next session.
- Opt for standard dental care products for safety and effectiveness.
- Stop clenching your teeth or grinding at night. Opt for a splint or retainer to protect your veneers.
- Packaging or condiment packages must not be opened by teeth.
- The harder foods must be eaten with your back teeth only and try not to chew with your front teeth.
- Wear a mouthguard if you are playing any kind of sports.
Different Types of Dental Veneers
Veneers give you a beautiful smile by restoring teeth that are broken, worn, stained, chipped, or slightly misaligned, or even to fill the space between two teeth. Hence veneers are an excellent solution for a number of dental aesthetic issues.
Note that all types of veneers are permanent, meaning they cannot be removed after placement. As they are thin films that adhere directly to the front of your tooth to improve your smile. Two main types of veneers are as follows:
These veneers are manufactured on the premises by the dentist. Compared to porcelain veneers, composite veneers are less expensive. They are applied directly to the teeth. A single appointment is needed for this procedure.
Composite veneer, made of composite resin is a mixture of inorganic and organic materials. They blend fairly well with your natural tooth color. Hence they are perfect for hiding any imperfections to bring back your dazzling smile. But in the long run, they might be prone to stains.
- Less invasive procedure involved less enamel removal
- It only requires a single visit
- Relatively strong and durable
- It gives a natural look but can stain over time
- Low chance of harming your gum tissue
- Easily repaired if chipped or broken
- Less expensive than porcelain veneers
- Last between 5 to 7 years
Porcelain veneers are made in the laboratory. They serve the same purpose as composite veneers. However, porcelain veneers resemble false nails. They are custom made and cemented onto your tooth surface. The full procedure requires only two appointments. One to prepare the tooth and take the impression. And the second to cement the dental veneer onto your tooth.
- It easily blends with your natural tooth color
- They are stain-resistant
- Also very strong and durable
- Smooth, tooth-like texture
- Prevents plaque build-up
- It does not harm your gums or surrounding teeth
- Long-lasting, can last 8 to 15 years
Lumineers are also a brand of dental veneers. Made of ultra-thin porcelain laminate material, lumineers require minimal preparation before placement. Placing a lumineer over your tooth enamel requires less removal of your tooth structure.
Removable is also called snap-on veneers. Two types of removable veneers are – instant veneers and custom-made clip-on veneers.
Why Choose REPC Dubai for Dental Veneers
At REPC Dubai, we offer a full range of dental treatment, from surgical to cosmetic procedures, that will help maintain your oral health.
We believe in quality care and continually work on the latest dental technology and material to give our patients the latest treatments and procedures. We follow international guidelines and our team in Dubai has access to the latest equipment.
Dental veneers are custom-designed for every patient. We at REPC Dubai generally set up a consultation session with you, so as to design the perfect treatment plan-guaranteeing 100% results for your beautiful smile.
We believe in restoring and maintaining your natural teeth. Hence we emphasize on patient education and help you achieve the best dental health.
We help you schedule an appointment today with ease and make your visit comfortable.
Dental veneers are quite different from tooth implants or crowns. Dental crowns encase your entire tooth, while veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth. Hence is visible with a smile. Dental veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth, whereas implants replace the entire tooth. .
Both dentists and patients prefer porcelain veneers as they are resistant to stain. You can enjoy coffee, tea, and other beverages that are likely to cause stain without being apprehensive about your veneers getting stained.
Veneers transform your smile and appearance. One of the benefits of veneers is that they eliminate the need to have multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments. Veneers are able to correct several issues like uneven teeth, discolored teeth, misaligned teeth, worn teeth, chipped teeth and other oddly shaped teeth.
No, dental veneers are not prone to cavities. Veneers generally make your teeth immune to decay as the veneer bonds to your natural tooth. The veneer will cover much of your front surface of the tooth, and hence there is very little probability of a cavity.