Veneers: How Does It Improve My Smile?
A lot of times we receive enquiries from patients on Veneers. So what are actually veneers? A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural-colour 'composite' material is used instead of porcelain. The veneer material is cemented onto the tooth surface by a very strong cement. Veneers are usually placed on the first 6 front teeth or more depending on how wide the patient smile is.
There are many uses of veneers and are mostly for cosmetic reasons. Veneers are used to allow patients to have white teeth permanently as compared to teeth bleaching since the layer of porcelain on top of the teeth surface does not discolor or absorb stains.
However, if composite veneers are used instead, there is a risk of discoloration as the composite materials tend to absorb stains easily as compared to porcelain veneers.
Veneers can also be another form of treatment to straighten mildly crowded teeth instantaneously. This provide an alternative to braces and aligners especially for patients who do not want to undergo lengthy treatment of 2 yrs with braces and the discomfort that comes with it.
The process of placing veneers is very comfortable. Usually the first visit, we will analyse your smile, your teeth structure and make sure that your gums are healthy and your teeth are decay free. We will then take a mould of your teeth and design the suitable veneer design that suits your smile and facial structure.
The second visit, we will present the design and request for your feedback and make the necessary changes. Once accepted, we will trim the front surface of the teeth under loupes with high degree of accuracy and precision. A another mould will be taken to send to the lab to manufacture the customised veneers. Color and shade selection according to your preference will be done as well. At the same time, temporary veneers will be placed.