Dental veneers for esthetic purposes
A dental veneer is a thin, custom-made layer of tooth-colored material such as porcelain or composite resin, designed to cover the front surface of a tooth in order to solve with tooth problems such as tooth decay, tooth wear, and tooth fracture and improve the appearance of a patient. Moreover, it can help strengthen a tooth surface.
A dental veneer is a type of denture that is involved in cosmetic dentistry. It is known to be part of prosthodontics.
Types of dental veneers
Categorized by materials used
- Porcelain Veneer
- Composite Veneer
Advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers provide a natural tooth appearance with the excellent translucent property. They are more luster than composite veneers and have a low rate of side effects. Additionally, they are easy to take care of.
Digital dental center at Thonburi-Bamrungmeung hospital has dental specialists in cosmetic dentistry. After they plan treatment plans with their patients, the veneers will be produced by skillful dental technicians in a high standard dental laboratory.
Advantages of porcelain veneers
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, because of its smooth and gloss surfaces.
- They help adjust tooth alignment instead of orthodontic treatment in some cases.
- A porcelain veneer mimics natural tooth appearance. The color of it can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
- Porcelain veneers can help close space between two teeth.
- They help adjust tooth length and shape in some cases.
- They help restore fractured tooth in some cases.
- They have acceptable strength and can maintain their beauty throughout their lifetime.
Disadvantages of porcelain veneers
- Porcelain veneers are more costly than composite veneers.
- They take more operation time than composite veneers.
- Making a porcelain veneer needs to reduce more tooth surface than a composite veneer.
Advantages and disadvantages of composite veneers
A composite veneer is a tooth-colored filling material used to build new tooth shape. Making a composite veneer may or may not need to reduce the tooth surface, depending on tooth condition and patient occlusion.
Advantages of composite veneers
- Composite veneers can resemble natural tooth color.
- They are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
Disadvantages of composite veneers
- Composite veneers are weaker than porcelain veneers.
- They have a shorter life than porcelain veneers.
- They are stained easily over time.
- They have less ability to mimic tooth appearance than porcelain veneers.
Benefits of dental veneers
- Tooth shape adjustment
- Adjustment of tooth alignment
- Adjustment of irregular tooth size
- Restoration of a fractured tooth, chipped tooth, or eroded tooth
- Irregular or damaged tooth surface adjustment
- Solving Stained tooth problem and tooth color adjustment
- Space closure
- Strengthen tooth surface
- Porcelain veneers can resist staining from tea, coffee, or smoking.
The steps of making a Dental veneer
- The tooth condition is evaluated by the doctor.
- The tooth surface is ground about 0.5-2.0 mm in order to prepare space for a veneer.
- An impression is taken and sent to the dental lab for making of the veneer.
- The veneer is tried on the tooth. Then it is adjusted according to the patient’s need.
- The adjusted veneer is permanently fixed to the tooth with composite resin cement. Then the cement is cured with a light curing unit.
Dental veneer care and maintenance
- Brush the teeth especially at gum margin area where is the junction between veneer margin and tooth surface at least 2 times daily or after meals.
- Use dental floss and brush the teeth properly according to the dentist’s advice.
- Rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash for about 1 minute before going to bed every night.
- Avoid chewing on pencils, ice, or other hard objects and do not open a soft drink bottle cap with teeth.
- Visit the dentist for having a dental checkup every 6 months.