TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- What are veneers?
- Why is it performed?
- What does it consist of?
- Preparation for treatment
- Care after the procedure
What are veneers?
Veneers and crowns are esthetic solutions to cover damaged teeth. There are two types of veneers: composite veneers or porcelain veneers. They are made of metal, ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.
Generally, anesthesia is not required, since it is a quick and innocuous treatment, although in the case of porcelain veneers they are placed under local anesthesia to avoid sensitivity.
Why is it done?
Veneers can be placed for several purposes:
- To cover fractures of the teeth
- To cover interdental spaces
- Correct tooth shapes
- To enlarge teeth
- Whiten teeth
Therefore, they are especially indicated for patients with caries or a lesion that cannot be repaired.
Veneers are esthetic solutions
to cover damaged teeth.
What does it consist of?
A veneer is a thin, custom-made sheet that is only placed on the outside of the tooth, adhered to it forever by means of a type of cement that is imperceptible to the eye.
At the first visit, the patient explains his or her expectations and underlying problem and the dentist examines the teeth to evaluate the most appropriate treatment options.
On the second visit, if the veneers are composite, they may already be placed at the second visit, as the procedure is simpler. On the other hand, if porcelain veneers are used, the teeth are slightly ground down and measurements are taken with molds and, in some cases, x-rays. These data are sent to the laboratory to manufacture the veneers in a personalized way to fit each tooth.
Finally, on the third visit, the porcelain veneers are placed with a special cement to hold the veneers in place.
Preparation for veneers
It should be noted that veneers cannot be placed if there are oral health problems, since veneers do not solve them, but rather mask them.
Therefore, it is important that, before veneers are placed, the corresponding treatments are carried out to correct these problems.
Once the veneers have been placed, it is important to follow the following tips to maintain good care:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly
- Use dental floss
- Do not smoke
- Do not abuse drinks such as coffee, tea, infusions, juices, wine or dark soft drinks.
- Do not drink too many sauces, especially ketchup and mustard.
- Have regular professional cleanings
- Do not bite objects to cut or hold them.
- Do not clench or grind your teeth
- Be careful with some sports where you can get hit in the mouth.