What are cosmetic veneers and how are they used?

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If your teeth are damaged, discolored, or slightly misaligned, cosmetic teeth veneers can improve that. Because of the increased support provided by their ceramic shell, veneers can also help strengthen weaker teeth that do not already have any kind of decay.

Veneers are thin shells that are used to cover the front surfaces of your teeth. To make them, technicians employ high-quality dental materials like tooth-colored composite or porcelain. Dental veneers are mostly used for aesthetic purposes. They may hide a broad range of cosmetic flaws, like chips, cracks, gaps, tooth discoloration, and more.

Types of Veneers

Veneers come in a variety of styles, including composite veneers, porcelain veneers, no-prep veneers, and detachable veneers.

Composite veneers can hide minor visual flaws. To achieve the desired effects, your dentist employs a tooth-colored composite resin – the same substance used for dental bonding.

Porcelain veneers may be used to conceal a variety of cosmetic flaws. These restorations are built specifically for your dental anatomy. Your dentist must remove some enamel from your natural teeth prior to installation. This roughens the surfaces of your teeth and helps your new veneers stay in place.

Laminates are a more advanced form of a porcelain veneer, and they work and benefit practically identically, with the exception that laminates are thinner and only approximately the thickness of contact lenses.

The Procedure

Veneers appear more natural than any other type of repair. They may easily be confused with genuine teeth. Like a natural tooth, the porcelain reflects light. In several aspects, veneers outperform natural enamel. Porcelain teeth will not discolor or wear out like real teeth. Clinical studies suggest that with appropriate maintenance, your new smile will seem just as dazzling as the day the veneers were installed, even years after the treatment. The nice aspect is that veneers do not require any dental preparation. They have the appearance of genuine teeth and will not compromise your normal tooth structure.

After proving to be a successful candidate, the first step in receiving a new set of veneers in Turkey is a consultation for x-rays and impressions. Meticulous cosmetic dentists will use this time to sit down with each patient and discuss the goals they want to achieve with their new set of veneers. The following stage is a mock-up, which is a set of photographs created by the dentist to demonstrate to the patient how the outcomes will look.

On the day of the treatment, the dentist will remove a little amount of enamel from each tooth to provide room for the veneer to attach to without interfering with the patient’s bite. The teeth are then puttied and that layer of enamel is removed. This mold hardens and is shipped to a lab for veneer production. We may sometimes have the veneer impressions generated in-house using advanced 3D mapping equipment.

While the patient waits for the lab to develop the permanent veneers, temporary veneers are created and placed. When the permanents arrive, the dentist will apply an acidic gel to the surface of each tooth to break down minerals and provide a rough surface for the veneer to attach to securely. Cementing the veneers is a rapid operation that uses a specific light to accelerate the hardening process. The porcelain veneers will be cemented to the patient’s teeth minutes after they have been set.