Ceramic veneers are known to have several applications in the field of dentistry. They are commonly used to treat and restore teeth that are cracked, worn out, chipped, spaced too far apart from each other, badly discolored, etc. Their appearance can be mimicked perfectly with that of the natural teeth, making them the go-to solution to restore teeth with minor damages.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of ceramic that are bonded to the frontal surface of the teeth. They are made from dental-grade, tooth-colored ceramic material, giving them the exact appearance of natural teeth. Dental adhesives will be used to bond them to the teeth, after which a curing light of the right wavelength will be used to harden it.
Uses of veneers
Dentists suggest the use of veneers to restore teeth that are affected by the following oral conditions:
Minor cracks: The frontal teeth could sometimes sustain a severe injury due to high impact forces. Due to this, they could develop hairline cracks. If left untreated, these cracks could propagate and become bigger, ultimately leading to failure of the tooth. Hence, it is recommended that such teeth be restored to their original form with the help of veneers.
Excessive wear: Patients with an oral issue called bruxism, which is the subconscious grinding of the teeth, often go through excessive wear of the teeth. Due to this, the sensitive nerves within the root canal cavity can be exposed. Also, it would ruin the appearance of the smile as the teeth would be worn down to their stubs. Hence, crown lengthening can be done by bonding veneers to the frontal surface of the teeth and restoring them back to their original contour.
Discoloration: Usually, tooth discoloration will be treated by a purely cosmetic dental procedure called teeth whitening. But, when the extent of discoloration is too much, teeth whitening usually doesn't deliver the expected results. Hence, bonding a veneer to the surface of the discolored tooth helps to restore the color of the teeth.
Advantages of veneers
- Veneers are highly durable. With regular usage, they would wear just as much as the natural teeth do, which is negligible to the human eye.
- Since they are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain, they do not add any excessive volume to the teeth structure. Meaning, even after getting veneers, your teeth wouldn't look bloated or thick and would remain perfectly normal in size.
- Veneers are resistant to stains. With proper care, they would look as good as new for several years together.
- Their color, texture, and translucency can be customized as required to match the appearance of the adjoining teeth. This avoids anyone from easily distinguishing them.
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