Lumineers and Veneers
The first thing most of us notice about a person the first time we interact with them is their smile. A beautiful smile enhances your confidence and improves your self esteem. Veneers/ lumineers are a few of the cosmetic options that can improve your smile drastically.
What Are Veneers?
A veneer is essentially a custom-made thin shell of porcelain that is placed on the front of the tooth. These are also called “laminates”.
What material is generally used to make veneers?
Veeners are generally made of porcelain. These are fabricated in the dental laboratory and then bonded onto the teeth.
Veneers are also made from composites directly in the patient’s mouth. These are a cheaper option and these can get discoloured over a period of time.
How can the smile be improved by using veneers?
Porcelain veneers can conceal chipped teeth, discoloured teeth, uneven margins of teeth and change the colour, size and shape of the teeth. Veneers can also reduce/conceal the gaps between your teeth.
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Dental Veneer and how many sittings will it take?
- At the first visit your dentist will check your teeth, gums and the bite and carry out her assessment.
- Additionally she may also take x-rays to check the health of your teeth.
- She will advise you of any additional procedures which you may require prior to placing the veneers like scaling, root canals or any other surgical procedures.
- Additionally, at this stage you can opt for the Digital smile designing option and get an idea about how your teeth and smile will look after the procedure.
- Once the basic health of the teeth has been achieved, she will file down the front and the side portions of your teeth to about 0.5 mm.
- Your dentist will then make an impression which she will send to the lab.
- She will discuss the shade, size and shape of the teeth with you.
- The lab will take a few days to fabricate the veneers.
- In the next sitting, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth. The entire procedure would generally take about 3 to 4 visits.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers generally last for about 10 to 15 years if you are taking good care of your teeth
What problems can I expect with veneers?
- First, you need to understand that veneers are an irreversible process, hence be sure before you make the decision to go ahead with veneers.
- Rarely, one of your veneers may come off. You will have to keep it safely and bring it back to the dentist for her to bond it back on.
- The veneers can chip off in a case of a fall or injury to the tooth. In that case a new veneer will have to be made. We replace veneer once for a certain period of time free of cost if you report back within that time.
What’s the difference between veneers and crowns?
Crowns cover your entire tooth; a veneer is just a shell that is applied to the front only. Crowns can be used to reinforce and support weak teeth while veneers are purely for appearance.
What is the difference between veneers and lumineers?
Lumineers are even thinner than veneers and require about 0.2mm of filing to be done on the teeth as opposed to veneers that require about 0.5mm of filing. Because of this reason, the discolouration on the teeth cannot be masked easily and the tooth appears slightly bulkier.
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Veneers Preparation & Application
- Please brush and floss your teeth regularly including your veneers.
- Please visit your dentist for a six monthly check up and scaling.
- You would also have to take a few precautions as far as your veneers are concerned. These include the following things:
- Start with chewing soft food initially and slowly progress to harder foods spread over a week or so.
- Do not bite or chew on hard objects such as nut shells or bones
- Do not use your teeth to open or tear packages
- Avoid certain foods that could cause damage
- Wear a protective appliance while sleeping
- Eat harder foods with your back teeth only; cut up hard foods like chocolate bars so that this is possible.
- If playing sports, you must wear a mouth guard.