All you need to know about veneers

These days we all have become very conscious about our appearances, this has paved the way for cosmetic dentistry. If you also believe that a nice smile can enhance your facial features as well as your self esteem, veneers are the panacea for you.

What are veneers?

This is the layer of a tooth coloured material which is placed on your front teeth to enhance your smile. They are basically used to hide the flaws of the tooth like color, shape or size.

When you need veneers?

You need them if you have one or all of the following issues with your teeth:

  • Discoloured tooth
  • Tooth enamel has worn out
  • Misaligned tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Uneven tooth

If you don’t want to go for expensive orthodontic treatment, they are a good option for you. Getting a dental veneer in your favourite country as part of dental tourism will even be better. One thing that you must be conscious about is that while preparing the teeth for veneers requires shaving off the teeth by 0.5 mm to fit the veneers. You must be sure that you want to go for this treatment as the tooth shaving will permanently change the size of the teeth.

The procedure

Generally two trips are enough for getting veneers fixed to your teeth, the process is as follows:

  • On the first visit, the doctor will assess your teeth, will take x-rays and if he finds that you are suitable for that, he will shave off your tooth and will take their impression.
  • On the second visit, he will place the veneers on your teeth to check whether they are fit or not. Once he is satisfied, he will fix them.

If your dentist uses CAD/CAM technology, all this can be accomplished in one sitting.

Materials used in Veneers

They are generally made of :

  • Porcelain
  • Resin