A combination of lifestyle and personal factors can result in teeth showing various faults or blemishes over the years. Your dentist can offer a variety of modern treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.
These are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain (ceramic) shells carefully crafted to bond to and cover the front of unsightly teeth. They are a more conservative treatment than a crown and can often be used as an alternative if the underlying tooth is strong and healthy.
Veneers are excellent for treating chipped, discoloured, slightly misaligned or misshapen teeth or gaps between the teeth especially if these defects affect the front teeth. A tooth that is too small or has irregularities can be successfully treated with a veneer.
Two or three visits will usually be required to prepare the teeth and fit the veneers. Your dentist will discuss your needs with you and plan the treatment that suits you best.
To prepare each tooth, your dentist will remove a thin layer, about the thickness of a fingernail, from the surface of the tooth. This allows room for the veneers to be glued into place later. A local anaesthetic may be required during this step. An impression is taken of your teeth and sent to a dental ceramist, who manufactures the veneers to fit your teeth.
Cementing of the new veneers occurs at the next appointment. Your dentist will check on the colour and fit before finally bonding them into place. The teeth are cleaned with a chemical that helps bond the veneer to the tooth. After a cement is placed between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam activates the cement to bond to the veneer firmly.
Colour can be altered by using varying shades of cement, so it is important that you discuss any changes you require before the final cementing is done. Once the veneer is bonded to the teeth, the colour can not be changed. After the veneer has been bonded, it is trimmed and polished.
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