Dental Veneers – What are Dental Veneers?

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are custom-made shells that are wafer-thin used to cover the front surface of teeth made up of tooth-coloured materials designed to improve your appearance. They are also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates. For the teeth that are changing their colour, size, shape or even length, these shells are bonded to the front of the teeth.


What Do Veneers Look Like?

Veneers are the best natural or enhanced version of the teeth if they are properly crafted and customized. Dental veneers are perfect to have a natural smile in a relatively non-invasive way for someone who doesn’t have extensive damage to their teeth.


How do dental veneers work?

How Do Veneers Work?

Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist

  1. Consultation 
  2. To take measurements for the molds
  3. Applying the veneers

The dentist will examine the teeth and then discuss the procedure of applying veneers and some of their limits.

To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will reshape the tooth surface. The amount of tooth to be eroded depends on the thickness of the veneer. The dental veneer’s cost also depends on the amount of work to be done. 

Next, your dentist will make a model, or impression, of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which makes your veneer. 

On the 3rd visit to examine its fit and color, your dentist will place the veneer on your tooth, and check for fit and finish. The dentist will trim the extra veneer if any to achieve the proper fit, before permanently cementing it to your tooth. With the shade of cement to be used, the color of the veneer can be adjusted. Before the veneer is applied to your tooth, the dentist will clean, etch and also polish your tooth. A special cement that hardens on a beam of light is applied to the veneer and is then placed on your tooth. Once the veneer is properly positioned, your dentist will shine a special light beam that will activate the chemicals in the cement hardening it. Lastly, all the excess cement is removed and the fit and look are checked again along with your bite and final adjustments are made. The dental veneers before and after remain the same.


Advantages of Dental Veneers:

  • Natural Tooth Appearance
  • Porcelain is not gum sensitive thus easy to use
  • Stain-resistant porcelain veneers
  • Dark teeth can appear whiter with the right color selection of veneer
  • No much trimming and shaping required 
  • Aesthetically great and strong too


Disadvantages of Dental Veneers:

  • It’s a permanent process and cannot be undone
  • Veneers cost more than composite resin bonding
  • Veneers are non-repairable if they crack or chip off
  • Chances of teeth being sensitive rises as the enamel would be eroded off

So this was all about dental veneers. Hope this article was helpful. You can keep following our page for more oral care information. You can also contact us for applying dental veneers and any emergency 24 hours in Sydney.