Dental veneers for esthetic purposes

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

  1. Porcelain Veneer
  2. 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

  1. The tooth condition is evaluated by the doctor.
  2. The tooth surface is ground about 0.5-2.0 mm in order to prepare space for a veneer.
  3. An impression is taken and sent to the dental lab for making of the veneer.
  4. The veneer is tried on the tooth. Then it is adjusted according to the patient’s need.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Use dental floss and brush the teeth properly according to the dentist’s advice.
  3. Rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash for about 1 minute before going to bed every night.
  4. Avoid chewing on pencils, ice, or other hard objects and do not open a soft drink bottle cap with teeth.
  5. Visit the dentist for having a dental checkup every 6 months.

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