Veneers are a celebrity-go-to and one of the simplest ways of achieving improvements in colour, shape, and position of teeth. Patients with chipped, gapped, mislaigned, or stained teeth can breathe a sigh of relief, as cosmetic restoration doesn’t get much simpler!
Veneer material options
Veneers can be made from a variety of materials to suite the patient. Porcelain is the material traditionally used for veneers but does feature a slight abrasive quality. On the other hand, composite materials don’t provide a finish as natural as that of the porcelain, but they do counter the problem of abrasion.
What are veneers?
Developed as a cosmetic treatment, veneers are a thin layer of porcelain designed to fit over the front surface of a tooth to mask the imperfections that could be making you feel self-conscious. Commonly modelled by celebrities on the red carpet, veneers provide an ideal solution to chipped teeth or discolouration.
The procedure can also be used to:
• Improve the colour, shape and position of teeth
• Cover or rebuild a chip
• Close gaps in between front teeth
• Bring a tooth in line with others
• Cover decolouration and staining
The treatment process
The treatment process for getting veneers is usually quite simple and straight forward, and it rarley takes more than one of two appointments to complete. The following will give you a brief idea of would happened during a journey to get veneers.
Preperation may be required prior to the fitting of the veneers. If so, the dentsit will need to establish how much enamel needs to be shaven off each tooth. Your dentist will use, what is known as, a modified preperation techinque, which will ensure that no excess of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth. Your dentist will then continue to do this for each tooth that requires it. Each tooth will be checked with a siliocon index to ensure that the correct depth has been acheived before the crowns are placed.
The surface and edges will be refined using composite finishing burs. This will allow for a smoother finish and will avoid leaving ledges or sharp areas, as these could result in an incorrect impression of the teeth. Final impressions will then be taken and sent off to the Synergy Dental lab for construction.
During the final fitting stage of your treatment, your custom crowns will be fitted onto the pre-existing teeth using a composite bonding. Before this, The tooth surface for each crown will be etched with phosphoric acid for 30 seconds. The bonding agent will then be applied to the tooth surface along with NXS 3 cerment being placed into the filling surface of the crown. The crown will then be applied to the prepared area and spot cured. Excess cerment will be removed.