Basics of Dental Veneers

Esthetic procedures are the bread and butter of dentistry these days. Amongst common esthetic procedures are dental bleaching, polishing, macro and micro-abrasion procedures and probably most commonly, dental veneers. Dental veneers are placed on the front six teeth, usually upper teeth, depending on each patient’s unique smile line.

The process involves, first, trimming the front surface of the unaesthetic, stained or crooked teeth. This is followed by the dentist taking dental impressions to send the veneers to the laboratory for construction, and a temporary material is placed on the teeth in the meantime. The final step involves cementation of the veneer to the prepared area in the teeth.

A lot of times, your dentist might place direct composite veneers which ends the need for the laboratory procedure and hence saves time by skipping the second appointment.

These veneers come in two materials; composite and porcelain. Both materials have their unique advantages. Composite is light weight and can be placed in a one-step process. Porcelain is heavier weight and harder to repair if it chips. On the other hand, porcelain veneers are considered more esthetic. It can also be argued that the single appointment time for direct composite veneers is much longer compared to two short appointments for indirect veneers.

Veneers are a painless, easy procedure which will increase your aesthetic. They are one of the best ways to solve your dental problems, especially if you are particularly conscious about it. Not only will it make you look good, if will increase your confidence as a person and increase the quality of your life.