Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are usually used to correct cosmetic defects of teeth. They are thin coverings that are made from ceramic or porcelain and fitted over existing teeth. Veneers are chip and stain-resistant. They are customized for each patient and give a beautiful smile.

The ideal candidate for veneers

People who have

  • Broken and/or chipped teeth
  • Space between teeth
  • Stained fillings and/or teeth
  • Uneven or crooked teeth

Procedure detail

  • A thin layer of laminate is fabricated and cemented on the tooth. It masks discoloration or other abnormality
  • Dental veneers have to be replaced every 5-10 years but can last longer with good oral hygiene

Facts & Figures

  • Charles Pincus invented veneers, and actors were the first users
  • Calamia and Simonsen invented porcelain with hydrofluoric acid in the year 1982
  • Hundreds of thousands of dental veneers are performed every year
  • People aged 20-25 usually prefer porcelain veneers

Advantages

  • Veneer gives a natural appearance to the tooth, and makes darkened teeth appear white
  • Porcelain is accepted by gums easily
  • The procedure is usually painless
  • Dental veneers require 3 sittings with the dentist

Disadvantages

  • Dental veneers are irreversible
  • Veneers are not useful on unhealthy or weakened teeth, or the existing tooth has less enamel
  • Rarely falls off
  • Sometimes aesthetically unappealing, speech change may occur

Risks and Complications

  • Veneer damage or breakage
  • Tooth sensitivity and/or damage
  • Reaction to medicine
  • Prolonged pain and numbness
  • Tooth structure damage

Pre-operative preparation

  • Visit the dentist to know about the procedure and post-procedure care
  • Inform dentist about allergies and alcohol and smoking
  • Tooth X-Ray
  • Know about the medicines which are allowed and not allowed before the procedure
  • Ask relative or friend to act as a caregiver after the procedure
  • Dental tourist can book a hotel close to the clinic

Post-operative care

  • The patient can have a strange feeling after veneers, which will subside in some weeks
  • Medicines to be taken punctually

Do’s, Don’ts and Precautions

  • Do floss and brush regularly, and maintain good oral hygiene
  • No munching on snacks, as veneer may be damaged
  • No using abrasive toothpaste
  • Don’t bite hard on nails, pens, etc or open cans and tins with teeth
  • Do wear mouth protector while playing contact sports
  • Avoid tooth-staining food, including beverages like coffee or tea