Himachal Dental


“Hollywood” Smile Makeover : Porcelain Veneers

If you have unsightly amalgam fillings, tooth discoloration, or uneven teeth, it may be to your advantage to have porcelain veneers. While these coverings will not necessarily add any strength to your teeth, they will make them look much more attractive. Today, when you visit a dentist , you can have porcelain veneers created for you.

In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.Depending on the size of the area that needs to be filled in, your dentist may need to do a small amount of drilling. Typically, most patients do not require anesthesia for this process. That said, if you are nervous about dental drills, your dentists will do everything possible to help you relax and feel comfortable. For the most part, you will find that having porcelain veneers placed is far less distressing than getting cavities filled.

Traditionally, a reduction of approximately 0.5 mm is required for a porcelain veneer. Once the surfaces of your teeth are prepared for veneer insertion, your dentist will need to take molds of each tooth surface. From there, the porcelain veneers will need to be custom designed. In most cases, you will need to come back for a second visit in order to have the veneers bonded to you teeth. While this is not a painful process, you will be very relieved to see how much better you look with your new porcelain veneers in place.

As may be expected, veneers are primarily used to help create an even and beautiful smile. Therefore, you may find that you will need several veneers inserted at the same time. This will help create even coloring for all of your teeth, as well as make it easier for your dentist to create a harmonious balance that will create a perfect smile. Perhaps best of all, once your porcelain veneers are in place, you can enjoy a bright, beautiful smile for years to come.

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