What Are Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin layered cap that is custom-made and attached to the surface of your natural tooth. Dental veneers can give you the smile of your dreams by enhancing the colour, shape, or size of your natural teeth. They are a conservative treatment option that requires minimal tooth adjustment to achieve an aesthetic yet long-lasting result. Ceramic veneers and composite veneers are the two types of veneers. Both materials have advantages and disadvantages.
Veneers are long-lasting treatments that should last for at least ten years on average. However, it is not uncommon for them to last up to 20 years if properly cared for. The type of food you eat, your home oral hygiene habits, how your teeth fit together, and whether you grind or clench your jaws all have an impact on their lifespan. To ensure that your veneer lasts as long as possible, it is critical to maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home as well as routine dental check-ups and cleanings.
During a preliminary consultation, the dentist will assess your oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. A patient will also be informed of all available treatment options by the dentist. Dentists typically prefer to provide patients with minimally invasive options. Dentists understand that any treatment that involves tooth preparation is irreversible, so they inform patients of any alternatives that will provide the same results with little to no removal of tooth structure.
If the dentist and the patient agree that dental veneers are a good option, the next step will be a thorough review of treatment specifics. During the consultation, the patient will be involved in the smile design process. The length, shape, colour, and width of the veneers, as well as the intended change in the appearance of the smile, will all be considered. Patients must ensure that the treatment meets their requirements. During the consultation, the dentist should learn about the patient’s goals. While the wait time is 2 weeks for the permanent crown/veneer to be made, a temporary crown/veneer will be fitted over your tooth to keep it sealed. This appointment lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours.
The final appointment is scheduled approximately two weeks after the first. The procedure is similar to that of temporary veneers. These will be removed while you are sedated. Cleaning, drying, and preparing the natural teeth for porcelain veneers will take place. Before being bonded to the natural teeth, the veneers will be placed, fitted, filed, and tested numerous times.
You can help your veneers stay in good shape and last much longer by practising good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Avoid chewing on hard foods or using your teeth as scissors. It’s also critical to brush twice a day, floss daily, and follow your dentist’s care instructions.
Here at Northcote dental, we can help with all your veneer queries and concerns. Our friendly team can examine your smile to see if veneers will work for you! Give us a ring today!