Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or even dental porcelain laminates, are thin, custom made shells or tooth colored substances made to cover the front surface of the teeth to help improve a persons appearance. The shells are bonded to the front of teeth by your dentist, thus changing their shape, color, size and even length.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are often two most common materials used in the making of dental veneers and they are porcelain and composite resin. Both of these can be fabricated by a dentist in a dental lab. Dental veneers fabricated in a dental lab are bonded to the teeth with a resin cement. Porcelain tends to be brittle, but when firmly bonded to the tooth, it actually becomes very strong and durable. Composite ones can also be fabricated inside a patients mouth at a dental office.
The Types of Problems That Dental Veneers Fix:
- Worn out teeth
- Discolored teeth- either due to stains from drugs, excessive fluoride, root canal treatment, or even the presence of large fillings that have discolored the tooth.
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth that have gaps in between.
- Misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped teeth or even misaligned teeth.
How Dental Veneers Are Placed
The dentist removes just a small amount of your tooth’s surface to allow the veneer placement. An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to the dental lab. The veneer is the made to fit your tooth and mouth. It is then bonded to your tooth using resin cement.
Cleaning Dental Veneers
Dental veneers should be cleaned just like you clean your natural teeth. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day will help in removing plaque bacteria as well as food debris. However, you should also consult your dentist of oral care products to help maintain the longevity of the dental restorations.