Dental veneers are thin laminates which are cemented on the front surfaces of your teeth. The main purpose of getting dental veneers is to conceal any cosmetic problems from chips, fractures to discolorations. By placing a facade on top of the tooth, any imperfection can be hidden.
What are the different types of veneers?
Veneers come in two types – the porcelain veneer and the direct veneer. Porcelain veneers are more durable, yet the more expensive of the two. Porcelain veneers resemble natural teeth more because of the translucency of the porcelain material, at the same time, porcelain is stain-resistant. While porcelain could last up to 10 years, the price of porcelain veneers is the main deterrent especially for those who have only small cosmetic problems to address.
On the other end of the spectrum, direct veneers are composite resin which are molded directly on the surface of the tooth in order to improve its appearance, hence the name. The main advantage of direct veneers is that they can be finished in just one visit to the dentist. Considering that it takes at least two dentist appointments so that porcelain veneers could be cemented on your teeth, direct veneers provide immediate results. However, direct veneers are vulnerable to chipping and can last only one to two years before touch-ups become necessary.
How are porcelain veneer procedures done?
The tooth that will receive the veneer must be prepared before the procedure can start. By preparing the tooth, the dentist will have to shave off a layer of the enamel region so that the veneer could be fitted seamlessly and without sticking out. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist has to make impressions of the patient’s teeth with the help of dental putty as the medium. This dental impression must then be sent to the laboratory to serve as model for the technician in fabricating the dental veneer.
A patient will have to wait a week or two before the veneer could be milled and ready for adhesion. Adhesion involves cementing the veneer in place with the use of a composite resin. Because of the period of wait and the vulnerable state of the prepared tooth, patients may ask for temps to be put in place while waiting for their final veneers to be attached. However, the cost of the temps are often not part of the computation for veneers and could bump up overall cost.
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