A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain designed to perfectly fit over the front surface of a tooth in order to improve its color and shape. Special dental veneers can also be made to make a chipped or broken tooth look intact by covering it with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because it is an affordable and quick solution for people who suffer tooth discoloration, damage or gaps between teeth. As a result, they can get their smile back and improve their overall look in a couple of days.
How Are Dental Veneers Applied?
They not only look like natural teeth, but they also require very little tooth preparation. Usually, two visits to your Tijuana dentist are enough to complete the entire procedure. In the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth, and he will match the shade of the color. In the second visit, the veneer is fitted and strongly bonded to your tooth using a special dental material similar to super glue.
The process of applying porcelain or composite veneers is not much different than most other restorative dental procedures. Both methods have their good points and their bad points. Each does have a different application procedure, though:
Porcelain Veneer Application – After cleaning, the existing enamel on the tooth is etched (scaled down very slightly) in order to provide a roughened surface for the veneer to be adhered to, and allow room for it. After etching of the enamel, impressions of the tooth are taken, and a wafer-thin veneer is created in a lab to match the impression.
Before the veneer is applied it is tinted to match the color of the other teeth, then dental bonding is applied, and then the veneer on top of that. Porcelain veneers tend to look more natural and resist staining longer, but they can chip or crack, and they cost as much as double than composite.
Composite Veneer Application – This is more like applying a thicker layer of bonding material to a tooth, rather than a separate skin being affixed over the tooth. There is a very slight etching first, and then dental bonding material is applied. The tooth is then shaped and tinted to match the other teeth.
Stain resistance is reduced with composite veneers, and they sometimes might look slightly restored, but they are more durable and can be repaired right on the tooth if they chip. They are also less expensive than porcelain.
Regardless of the type of veneer used, the benefits of using them are numerous. Cosmetically, veneers can correct chips, severe staining, imperfectly shaped and crooked teeth, and gaps, just to name a few popular applications.
Medically speaking, veneers are also a restorative alternative for exceptionally dull or worn enamel, cracks that need protecting, poorly shaped teeth that allow tartar and bacteria under the gums, and other non-cosmetic reasons why additional protection of a tooth is necessary.
Dental veneers are made to last a long time, but just as regular teeth, they can break or chip. In those cases, veneers can be fixed or completely replaced. Also, they require regular cleaning, just like your normal teeth. So brushing and flossing is important.
If you are looking to improve your smile, dental veneers could be a viable solution. Call us today to schedule a visit to a dental professional can guide you and answer all the question you may have about this dental procedure, as well as to discuss treatment alternatives.