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An improved self-esteem, social acceptance and the quest for a quality of life are important factors that influence people in seeking dental treatment to not only treat or prevent dental diseases, but also aesthetically enhance their smile. Patients who have been made aware on their options to have their dental problems fixed are mostly inclined to have cosmetic procedures integrated in their dental treatment choices. As traditional dentistry evolves into techonology-based dental practice, people nowadays are presented with an array of dental services and products that all geared towards fulfilling a promise of a perfect smile.

Now, the big question is, for what consideration the basis of your choice? Well, as patient whatever your choice of treatment options is fundamental for the success of any procedure and must be respected since it involves your psychological, physical and financial aspects. Normally, your decision-making is highly influenced by the span of your awareness on what impact each of those treatment options could do to your health. This is where the importance of awareness comes into play.

Why Veneers? Because veneers may be the quickest fix that meet or even exceed your expectation provided, the case of your teeth is just within the bounds of minor malocclusion, gapped, discolored, fractured or chipped. It is the duty of your dentist to carefully diagnose, analyze and deliver the best for you taking into accounts smile design suited to your facial profile, and is done in a conservative procedure as possible.

Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces and it can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a comestic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile, correcting issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips. (Source: British Dental Foundation).

What Is Veneer Anyway?
A veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain or composite resin used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel and usually applied to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth, as well as a variety of physical and aesthetic problems.

When would I need a veneer?

Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again.

The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.

How are teeth prepared for a veneer?

Some of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size.

A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not needed. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dental team will take an ‘impression’ (mould). This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer.

The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.

How long will it take?

A veneer takes at least two visits. The first is to prepare the tooth and match the shade, and the second is to fit it. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.

Will I need a temporary veneer between visits?

Because the preparation of the tooth is so slight you will probably not need a temporary veneer. The tooth will look very much the same after preparation, but will feel slightly less smooth.

What happens after the veneer is fitted?

Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Your dental team will probably want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and make sure that you are happy with it.

How much will it cost?

The costs for this treatment can vary from practice to practice so it is important to discuss charges and treatment options with your dental team before starting treatment.

How long will a veneer last?

Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break, just like your own teeth can. Your dental team will tell you how long each veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.

What about alternatives?

A natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This is excellent when the tooth can support a filling, but may not work so well for broken tooth corners. There will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material.

Crowns are used for teeth which need to be strengthened – either because they have broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.

Source: Oral Health Foundation (www.dentalhealth.org)

To find out if Veneers are the best choice for you? You may call/text (02) 921-1729, 0918-4008899, 0917-9685003 or click this link (Book An Appointment) to book an appointment and avail your complementary consult.

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