Restoring your smile with dental veneers

Smile restoration with dental veneers

Veneers are an increasingly common prosthetic appliance used in the rehabilitation of the oral cavity, mainly because of their great esthetics but also because they do not require extensive tooth preparation.

They are mainly used to correct small defects of the front teeth.

The color and shape of the future teeth are chosen together with the patient so that veneers can be used by those who want to harmonize the dental units as well as by those who want to achieve a Hollywood smile.

Virtually any color and shape can be achieved in modern dental laboratories.

The defects that can be corrected by dental veneers are:

– tooth color changes- these can occur with the consumption of chromogenic substances, i.e., compounds that have the ability to remove compounds responsible for changing tooth color (red wine, berries, black tea).

Another situation in which a tooth can take on a different color from the others is following endodontic treatment.

In the past, root canals were filled with a material which, when in contact with the dental crown, caused color changes.

Also, a tooth that has lost its vitality for various reasons may turn a duller, yellowish color. If the stains mentioned above cannot be removed by professional hygiene or tooth whitening, or if the color defect has spread over several teeth, veneers are used.

– small changes in tooth position – these can also be improved by veneers.

Veneer therapy can only be performed if the shifts are minimal.

If a tooth is too vestibularized, i.e. it is outward from the others, more of its surface can be ground away and a veneer can be applied over it to align it on the arch.

If, on the other hand, a tooth has migrated slightly inwards, a veneer can be applied almost without any preparation to make it fit nicely into the arch.

The same can be done for slight rotations.

– changes in size – the size of the teeth in the arch is determined by the way the buds have developed. Genetically, some teeth may be smaller and have spaces between them.

Therefore, veneers can cover the space between them, which many patients consider unsightly.

If the above-mentioned changes are more extensive, veneer treatment becomes contraindicated as it fails to cover the defect. As a result, single crowns are required.

Veneers can be made of ceramic or composite, the latter of which can be made extemporaneously in the dental surgery or, more precisely, in the dental laboratory.

Veneers can only be applied to the vestibular side of the teeth, i.e. the portion visible in the smile. Their esthetics are due to the fact that they are made of materials that can reflect light similar to natural teeth.

Veneers involve several visits to the dentist and it is a painstaking process but in the end it gives the results desired by the patient.

With proper care, veneers can last up to 10 years.

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