Ceramic veneers are basically really thin and customized shells of materials which are tooth-coloured and are used to cover the frontal part of your teeth. They are used to enhance the appearance of teeth and are also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates. They are bonded to the front section of your teeth and accordingly their colour, length, size and shape also changes.
Ceramic Veneers are usually made using porcelain. In certain cases, resin composite materials can also be used to create veneers. However, studies have shown that porcelain veneers tend to resist stains way more than resin veneers. Porcelain veneers also have excellent light reflecting properties which make them more akin to normal teeth. However, the choice of veneer material should always be based upon your dentist’s advice.
Ceramic veneers do not need any special maintenance routine. You should have good oral hygiene habits which include brushing, flossing and rinsing from time to time with an antiseptic mouthwash. Porcelain veneers do not attract stains due to its high polishability and glaze even after years of service. So, Go ahead, as this retains your bright smile forever.
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” Patient reported with huge gap in front teeth, which made her smile look unpleasant and undesirable. After discussing various treatment options with the patient, Dr Santosh Dixit decided to go ahead with Ceramic veneers which helped the patient build the confidence back. Ceramic Veneers on the central and lateral incisors were done following the golden proportion and smile designing principles. “
Veneers – What To Expect?
A ceramic veneer ideally involves three visits to the dentist. The first visit is simply for consultation and the other two is for making and bonding the veneers. The first visit is for diagnosis and planning the entire treatment process. You should properly explain to your dentist what you are looking for. Highly experienced with 700+ ceramic veneer cases, Dr Dixit holds a strong expertise in determining the type of veneer which is appropriate for you and explain you the process and its limitations.
For preparing your teeth for veneers, Dr Dixit will remove some amount of enamel from the tooth surface. After this, he will make a model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental laboratory responsible for making your veneer. This process takes 4 working days.
Before your veneer is placed, your dentist will temporarily put it on your teeth to see if the fitting and the colour works. After this, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and etched to get it ready for the bonding process. This will be followed by applying special cement to the veneer which is then placed on your teeth. Your dentist will then use a light beam to harden and cure the veneer and remove any excess cement.
What problems can ceramic veneers fix?
- Discoloured teeth which are a result of root canal treatment, excess fluoride or stains from drugs such as tetracycline
- Teeth are worn down or decayed:
- Teeth which are broken due to trauma
- Teeth which have shape and alignment problems.
What are the advantages of ceramic veneers?
- Their appearance is similar to natural teeth
- Your gum tissue can handle porcelain really well
- Porcelain veneer can make dark teeth look whiter and brighter
- Veneers are a far more aesthetic alternative to crowns and are logistically much simpler to execute
What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?
- It’s not a reversible process
- Veneer colour cannot be changed once it is in place
- They are not a great choice for people who are suffering from dental health issues such as active gum disease
- People who are habituated to clenching and grinding their teeth are not an ideal fit for porcelain veneers.
How long do veneers last?
The longevity period of a Veneer really depends on many factors like oral hygiene maintenance, regular follow ups etc. If maintained well, they do last for a really long time.
What are the possible alternatives to ceramic veneers?
There are alternatives to veneers such as composite veneers and crowns. But ceramic veneers are the best of both worlds. They are ideal for people who would want to change the shape of their teeth in a subtle way. These people would not want to opt for the added baggage of a crown, so their perfect choice would be bonding or veneers.