Today we have exciting new biomaterials that can give your smile a lift without invasive treatments.
Ultra-thin porcelain veneers or composite veneers can correct chipped, weakened, or discoloured teeth. No more yellow or stained teeth; no more gaps or embarrassing chips. And veneers can return real structural integrity to damaged teeth, while leaving them looking as good (or possibly better) than the originals.
Veneers are custom made to fit over your natural teeth, with a finish more translucent to blend in with surrounding teeth. So people won’t notice your tooth, they’ll simply see your beautiful, natural smile.
Composite are glass filled resins that are bonded to the teeth. The materials have improved dramatically in the past twenty years in terms of durability, esthetics, wear and use. They are used to repair fractured teeth, close small gaps between teeth, lighten teeth and to enhance the smile.
Ceramic veneers, alternatively termed dental veneers or dental ceramic laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth so to create a cosmetic improvement for a tooth, ceramic Veneers retain their beautiful luster and vitality, as they are much stronger and more durable than plastic composite bonding. Sometimes composites will stain or shrink with age, but veneers will not. The best part is that there are no age group limitations. Everyone can benefit, young and old alike.
Porcelain veneers are routinely used by dentists as a way to make cosmetic changes for teeth that are discolored, worn,chipped, or misaligned.
The process of having a veneer made for your tooth involves a few short visits to your dentist. The procedure is simple and relatively painless. Your Dentist will first analyze your smile to determine which teeth require veneers. Depending on how much tooth shaping is required, you may or may not require anesthesia.
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Ceramic veneer technique is an offshoot of the basic science of cosmetic dental bonding. we have had materials available to us for decades that are capable of creating a tenacious bond with tooth enamel, ceramic veneer technique utilizes the bonding capability of these materials to securely attach a thin shell of porcelain (the porcelain veneer) to a tooth, Although porcelain is inherently brittle, however when it is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (a tooth) it becomes very strong and durable.
Indications for Veneers
Veneers can be used to provide an aesthetic solution in many situations:
- Spaces between teeth.
- Severely discolored teeth
- Malposition or slightly crooked teeth.
- Odd shaped or cracked or chipped teeth.
- Fractured teeth with a fair amount of tooth structure left.
- Teeth with multiple filling which have comprised the aesthetics of smile.
- Unsatisfactory shape, size and form of teeth.
- To provide “White Smile” in person with naturally dark teeth.
Advantages of Veneers
The biggest advantage of a veneer is that too little tooth material is removed and hence won’t weaken the tooth structure. It is also rightly called as “CLONED ENAMEL”.
They look and feel completely natural. A beautiful result is achieved in just a few days time, and can last for many years. The texture and finish of porcelain veneers make them highly resistant to external staining. Due to their durability, looks and comfort, veneers have become one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available today. Veneers today are widely used by people in the entertainment field and show business to obtain a beautiful smile.
Post Treatment Care
Look after your veneers well. Brush and floss as you regularly do. Use non abrasive toothpaste to help maintain the shine and gloss of your veneers. Normal diet will not harm your veneers. Avoid any shearing force on these teeth [like biting sugarcane].
Regular check ups will ensure your veneers are in excellent shape. Well maintained veneers should last you for many years and give you a long lasting and beautiful smile.
Cosmetic Dental Work Maintenance
Cosmetic dental work often involves a substantial investment, and may require special maintenance to help keep it looking its best. Dr. Vora, as cosmetic dentist, has some valuable insights into keeping your dental work looking great for years and years.
- If a porcelain crown or bonding does get looking lackluster or starts staining, there are polishing techniques that can bring the luster back.
- When you have porcelain veneers, we recommends extra maintenance polishing appointments – two extra appointments per year – to keep the shine at its maximum, especially at the critical bond area between the tooth and the veneer.
Here’s your list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for home care:
1. The biggest “no-no” is heavy, frequent alcohol consumption. If you consume large quantities of alcohol daily, the alcohol tends to dissolve bonding or the composite luting material that holds the porcelain to the tooth. Within a period of a couple of years, you could completely ruin the dental work. So, watch your alcohol consumption. Moderate amounts won’t have a noticeable effect. Beware, also, of alcohol-containing mouthwashes. Read the list of ingredients on any mouthwash.
2. Don’t subject your teeth to sharp impacts or hard objects. Don’t bite pins, nails, or staples. Don’t grind your teeth. If you tend to grind at night, get a night guard to protect your teeth. If you engage in contact sports, wear an appropriate athletic mouth guard.
3. Floss and brush your teeth carefully. While the porcelain or bonding work is immune to decay, the part of your teeth not covered by the cosmetic work is still susceptible to tooth decay. You can still get cavities with veneers or bonding or crowns. Keep it clean and it will stay decay-free and protect your investment.
4. Watch snacking! This is very important. Between-meal snacking is the single biggest factor in promoting decay. Many dental professionals don’t even understand this, but this has been solidly established by scientific studies. If you are a constant on snacks, you feed your plaque bacteria all day long, regardless of your excellent brushing habits. The best thing you can do to prevent decay, the deterioration of your teeth and the dental work, is to limit your eating to your basic three meals a day and maybe a couple of snacks.