Porcelain veneers can be described as looking like ‘false finger nails for teeth’ – but permanently placed. They can be used to correct crowding or malalignment of teeth or to disguise a badly discolored tooth cannot be corrected by whitening methods alone. They can also be used to close gap between teeth. Veneers require the removal of a very tiny amount of tooth structure and can provide a quick and permanent cosmetic restoration of stained, unsightly front teeth that are otherwise in good condition.
Veneers – A “Mask” For Your Tooth :
Enamel is removed from the front and side surfaces of the tooth and an impression is made.
The veneers are fabricated in a laboratory and bonded to the tooth.
The veneer is fixed in place permanently and looks very natural
Bonding falls under the second category of the three Rs – restoration. In recent years, it has proved to be highly effective treatment for closing shapes between the teeth.
Treatment time :
One to two hours per tooth
Patients Maintenance :
Professional cleaning three or four times yearly. Avoid hard foods on front teeth. Bonding to fill in a space is more susceptible to chipping. Proper use of floss daily is required. One problem with most direct bonded restorations is that they can stain or chip. Expect to have some repolishing or repair as necessary.
Results of treatment :
Most spaces can be filled in to look very natural
Average Range of Treatment life :
Expectancy Five to eight years. Professional refinishing once every year or so.
- Little or no reduction of tooth structure
- No anesthesia required
- Reversible Procedure
- Economical, more so than crowning
- Teeth can also be lightened
- Can chip or stain more easily than crowns.
- Has limited esthetic life.
- Treatment may involve extra teeth to obtain proportionate space closing. & Teeth may appear somewhat thicker.