Tooth Veneers/ Laminates

A tooth veneer is a thin layer of material that are made to fit over the patients teeth and made to look like natural teeth. Veneers are mainly used to mask stains, discoloration, slightly crooked teeth or gaps or spaces between teeth. Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process. Once the Venners gets bonded it becomes an integral part of your tooth.They are as strong as your natural teeth and it would require no special care.

There are mainly two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer:

  • Porcelain
  • Composite

The main advantage of Porcelain veeners is that it is highly resistant to staining and it can also last a lifetime. You can enjoy your enhanced smile without having to worry too much about the Veener gettin stained everytime you sip your tea or coffee. After the initial examination, Porcelain veeners would usually require two more sittings-one to prepare teeth impressions and on the second visit the Veeners are bonded to the teeth.

Composite veneers are directly bonded over the teeth and hence this is a quick way to correct teeth alignment in a single sitting. Unfortunately composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain laminate veneers. Constant polishing may be required as they tend to stain or chip over a period of time.

Veneers are usually used for different reasons like:

  • When teeth get discolored
  • When teeth get worn down
  • When teeth are broken or chipped
  • To correct misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth
  • When teeth is having gap between them.

You may have to visit atleast three visits to the dentist. The procedure of fitting veneers will take place in three steps:

  • Diagnose and treatment planning
  • Preparation and
  • Bonding.

Veneers have advantages and disadvantages. If properly cared, it will last for five to ten years. After that, you may have to replace them.