Veneers are ultra-thin, custom made shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material used to recreate a healthy natural looking smile and natural function of teeth.
They are designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Ceramic veneers are conservative, well proven and long lasting and also provide strength and resilience comparable to natural dental enamel.
Veneers are ideally placed to mask undesirable defects or discolorations such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root canal procedure. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers.
This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the original front teeth.
Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape or length and to make slight position alterations and to brighten teeth for an immediate smile transformation. It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.
New types of porcelain are stronger and reflect light similarly to natural dental enamel as they are translucent and interact with light as natural dental enamel.
Dentists in dental clinics in Delhi like ‘Smile Delhi-The Dental Clinic’ do a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire.
Ceramic veneers address multiple structural or cosmetic issues of the teeth.
There are numerous clinical situations in which the inner surfaces of the front teeth are not carious or worn excessively, but one or more of the following challenges indicate ceramic veneers-
• Teeth that are discolored where superficial stains do not respond well to a tooth whitening or typical bleaching can overcome, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.
• Malpositioned teeth (minor twists or overlaps) that need to be changed to provide a homogeneous smile appearance, but patient does not want to undergo orthodontics.
• Minor bite-related problems
• Pitted teeth
• Mottled teeth
• Patients with unsightly gum recession
• Teeth needing lengthening
• Multiple diastemas (space or gap between teeth)
• Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
In a healthy mouth properly treated with ceramic veneers and where destructive forces are minimized or eliminated, patient should be able to use them just like his or her own teeth.
Maintenance of Ceramic veneers
Maintaining ceramic veneers is quite simple. Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing to prevent decay and gum diseases
For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your “new” teeth that have changed in shape, size, length or color.
One or two week after your veneers are placed, you will be required to go for a follow-up visit and evaluation so the dentist can see how your mouth is reacting to the veneers or for any sign of potential failure. Even if you feel the veneers are a success, this appointment is vital to your future oral health.
After the treatment you will probably have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel which typically disappears within a few days. You can control sensitivity by avoiding very cold and hot foods especially in close succession and should also try using desensitizing tooth paste for up to 4 weeks after treatment.
Avoid the same excessive stresses you would avoid with non-veneered teeth, don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice, or open beer bottles with your ceramic veneers.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, your dentist may fit you with a night guard so you do not damage your veneers.
Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers are not subject to discoloration and resist coffee stains, tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials.
In order to have porcelain veneers placed-
Patient should have specific cosmetic goals, which he/she can articulate to his dentist for a successful result.
Patient must have overall healthy teeth and gums.
Patient should be committed to proper oral care and hygiene.
Patient should have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel, as dentists usually remove a thin layer of enamel before placing veneers. After evaluating health history, current dental health, and the condition of a patient’s enamel, a dentist can make an informed decision regarding a patient’s suitability for this treatment. He or she can also recommend alternative treatments for non-qualifying patients.
Patients with conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, and root canal infection typically do not qualify for veneers. However, after a dentist successfully treats these issues, patients are usually cleared for cosmetic enhancements.
Some patients who habitually grind or clench their teeth may be disqualified from receiving veneers. Although dental porcelain is quite strong and durable but the forces of bruxism can put incredible strain on veneers, causing them to break or come off entirely.
In many cases, however, dentists in dental clinics in India may be able to treat the underlying causes of bruxism, eventually enabling patients to receive veneers. Additionally, dentists in Delhi and dentists in India are using newly developed technology and dental materials allow to create stronger restorations, that may be suitable for such patients.
Ceramic veneers can also be combined with other treatments-
While you can have one or two ceramic veneers placed on your teeth depending upon your defect or discoloration, you can also combine ceramic veneers with other cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening, gum reshaping, restorative treatment and as a part of more comprehensive smile makeovers. In reputed dental clinics of Delhi like ‘Smile Delhi-The Dental Clinic’ smile design and smile makeovers are frequent dental procedures for restoring naturally beautiful smiles.
On an average ceramic veneers last for about 10 years and their lifespan may increase significantly over the next several years as dental porcelain becomes more durable and stronger.
Like natural teeth, they are also susceptible to damage. If a veneer breaks or comes off, patients should carefully store any missing pieces and bring them to your dentist as soon as possible for repair and/or reattachment.
When this is not possible, there are several alternative options, including dental crowns or cosmetic bonding. Fortunately, patients typically do not experience any discomfort if their veneer breaks or comes off.
Ceramic veneers look more lifelike than any other similar enhancements.
Stain resistant and last for years.
Increases overall confidence and happiness.
Stronger than composite resin.
Improve oral health and hygiene as they can lend some strength to damaged tooth. Also when patients have beautifully enhanced natural smile they practice improved care and maintenance.
More conservative with minimal tooth modification as majority of the tooth structure is intact.
They can serve as an instant orthodontic option for treating misaligned, irregularly rotated or positioned teeth, gapped teeth and malocclusions.
Dentist in Delhi, make the patient understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. The cosmetic dentists in Delhi, give more than one consultation to the patient to understand all the specific goals the patient has in mind. The results in reputed dental clinics in Delhi are quite amazing adding the wow factor to the smile.
Convenient, lifelike appearance and wide array of functions, ceramic veneers rank among the most trusted and popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry in dental clinics in India as they can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten self-esteem.
Posted By – Dr. Shriya