Dental veneers are personalised shells made of composite resin or porcelain. These fit perfectly over your teeth to enhance their appearance. Veneers are ideal for enhancing your smile if you have misshapen, stained or chipped teeth. Their function is mainly cosmetic, but you can choose to have this treatment as a part of your total dental care plan.
Porcelain veneers are more resistant to stain and they look more natural compared to composite veneers. Meanwhile, composite veneers are thinner, which means your dentist will need to remove less tooth surface before applying them. The treatment can be done in one appointment. Your dentist can help you choose what is best for you.
Here is what you should expect if you consider getting porcelain or ceramic veneers in Birmingham:
Preliminary: Before the placement of your veneers, you need to have a preliminary consultation. Your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth.
Preparation: Your dentist will trim off around half a millimetre of your tooth enamel to get it ready for the veneers. He or she will then get a mould or impression of your teeth and forward it to a dental lab. It will take around one to two weeks to get the veneers.
Placement: By this time, your dentist will check if the veneers fit your tooth or teeth perfectly. The process involves roughening the surface of the tooth to enhance the veneer’s adhesion. Your dentist will then place the veneers using a special cement and ultraviolet light.
Preservation: After the procedure, your dentist will book a follow-up appointment to ensure that the veneers are properly placed.
All you have to do thereafter is follow your regular dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day. As long as you take care of your veneers properly, they can last for five to ten years.