A dental veneer is a permanent thin, custom-made porcelain shell of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve its appearance. They are an excellent option to treat the following cosmetic occurrences:
Apart from fixing a number of cosmetic problems in a relatively short period of time, they are:
How are dental veneers put on teeth?
Are dental veneers permanent?
Since they are made with very durable material, dental veneers can last up to 20 years (if cared properly). To maintain the quality of the dental veneers, the patient may want to reduce the intake of sticky, extra hard, acidic, or sugary food or drinks.
If the patient struggles with teeth clenching or grinding, especially at night, a dental nightguard can be provided to protect dental veneers from wearing out. If a veneer comes off (which is not likely to happen), it can generally be repaired or replaced.
Am I a good candidate for porcelain dental veneers?
Dental veneers are suitable for almost everyone. However, there are some things to consider, such as having healthy teeth with no serious decay issues, not suffering from gum disease, having good tooth enamel, having fully matured teeth, and – preferably – not grinding or clenching your teeth.
Overall, the patient must be committed to proper oral care and hygiene.
How many dental veneers do I need?
The number of dental veneers can be based on the number of teeth that show when you smile, but it’s not a rule.
You might need more or less, depending on what you are looking to fix; during the consultation, the specialist will help you to choose the best option. It is best to have an even number of dental veneers, say two, four (and so on), so a natural look can be achieved.
Do I have to change certain habits if I get dental veneers?
When having dental veneers, it is recommended to reduce or completely stop habits such as nail-biting, opening bags or bottles or cracking nutshells with your teeth, grinding or clenching, eating extremely hard or sticky foods.
Those are some of the most common things that can put dental veneers under stress.