To correct an imperfect smile, brightening teeth can be the first option. Performed by a practitioner, it can give you one or two shades brighter teeth. If stains persist, the use of microabrasion can be considered. It consists of eliminating a very weak enamel layer by application of acid and projection of abrasive particles. When these two techniques are not enough to improve the aesthetics of the teeth, your practitioner can suggest dental veneers implants.
What are Dental Veneers?
These are shells that are attached to the anterior part, that is to say, the visible part, of the teeth. The number of facets required often depends on how wide a person’s smile is, that is, how many teeth are visible when they smile.
Their installation on the front of the teeth is simple, quick and painless, allowing an individual to quickly get a brighter smile.
Dental veneers are considered an integral part of the teeth on which they are placed. Therefore, they require the same kind of maintenance as for natural teeth. Brushing them at least twice a day and flossing is paramount.
The main advantage of veneers lies in the way they are implanted. The implant procedure does not affect the healthy tooth structure much, unlike dental crowns that require grinding of teeth. In fact, dental veneers can sometimes strengthen weakened teeth by making them stronger, as in the case of heavily restored teeth (with bigger fillings).
What You Need To Know About Veneers:
- it is not painful
- they require the same maintenance as natural teeth (brushing and flossing every day)
- it is an irreversible treatment because part of the enamel has been removed to affix the facet (it takes about half a millimetre of the enamel under local anaesthesia)
- if the facet breaks or caries form on the tooth, the treatment must be redone
- you must be careful not to bite into objects that are too hard as that may affect the veneers
Types of Dental Veneers
Two materials commonly used to make veneers are:
- Composite resin, the same material used for white fillings
Both types have different characteristics and their implant procedure is different too.
This is like a fake nail that is moulded and cemented to the teeth. It is about a millimetre long and can be as thin as a contact lens! It is the type of veneer that gives the best aesthetic results in the long term because ceramic is the material that resembles dental enamel the most because of its hardness and ability to reproduce the natural translucency of a tooth.
The advantages of porcelain veneers:
- They are biocompatible, that is, they cannot interfere or degrade the teeth on which they are installed.
- They are stain resistant, in case of dark liquids, such as coffee and wine, as well as tobacco.
- They do not change colour over time; they, therefore, provide bright and sparkling teeth for a longer period.
- They have a longer life than composite facets, that is to say, beyond 20 years.
- They provide permanent artificial tooth whitening; the results are, therefore, of incomparable quality.
The implantation of porcelain veneers typically requires several steps, performed in at least two appointments.
First, the teeth are prepared for placing the veneers. To do this, a thin layer of enamel, about half a millimetre thick, is removed. This procedure is sometimes performed under local anaesthesia. Dental impressions are then taken to make the veneers with the greatest possible precision.
Temporary veneers are placed on the prepared teeth to protect them while waiting for permanent ones are made. These temporary veneers are fragile and you will need to practice extra care with them. Later, these are replaced with permanent dental veneers using composite resin cement.
Composite Resin Dental Veneers
Composite resin veneers are applied directly to the teeth; this is called the direct installation method. Some dental practices may use an external laboratory to make these types of facets, but this indirect method is rarely used today.
Before you can install veneers, the dentist applies a chemical agent on the teeth, which makes the enamel rough to facilitate the adhesion of the resin. The dentist may polish and remodel the veneers at the end of the process to align them with adjacent natural teeth.
Advantages of these dental veneers:
- The pose is usually done in a single appointment at the dentist because they are made to the chair and shaped on the teeth.
- They are cheaper than porcelain veneers
- They provide rapid “artificial tooth whitening”
- The treatment is reversible and conservative
If you want a perfect smile but are confused about what is the right treatment, get in touch with experts from Sunrise Dental and Cosmetic Clinic. Call us at our registered number or raise an enquiry online to consult our dental experts.