What are Dental Veneers

A slim sheet of porcelain, designed to fit over the front surface of a tooth for enhancing one’s appearance is called porcelain veneer. At times, in place of porcelain, a natural colored material, composite is used.

Procedure of placement of veneer is completed usually over two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared and shade of veneer is selected. The previously selected veneer is fitted during the second visit. Bonding the veneer is done with a specific bonding agent, which holds it in its place. Prior to fixing the veneer in its decided location, a dentist always gains the approval of the patients by showing them the final veneer.

Placement of dental veneers is also referred to as an instant of orthodontics. Dental veneers are capable of enhancing the appearance of the teeth, but realigning the jaw and treating under/overbites are not counted as its functions. They are, however, known to treat a wide array of other dental problems, such as:


        Broken teeth


        Externally/internally stained teeth


        Crooked teeth


        Gaps between the teeth


        Stained fillings

A dental veneer is a beneficial procedure, but it is not considered appropriate for every other individual. Veneers sometimes involves removal of tooth structure to attain preferred results. Therefore, before going for veneer treatment, it is highly recommended to visit your dentist, in order to gain his professional advice on the matter (after his thorough examination of the dental problem).

In certain cases, a dental veneer is not marked as an ideal procedure to treat the dental ailment. Following are some situations under which patients are not considered appropriate candidates for dental veneers:

        Anyone suffering from dental decay and active gum diseases is not deemed fit for this procedure. To benefit from this treatment, any present gum disease shall be treated, first.

        Individuals that are down with the habit of grinding and clenching teeth, frequently. Routinely grinding and clenching of teeth can lead to breakage or chipping of dental veneers.

        If teeth have lost a considerable amount of tooth structure, or the original structure is significantly replaced by filling teeth, then they will not have enough strength left to function desirably with a dental veneer.

        Dental veneers work best when they are bonded directly to enamel of the teeth. If sufficient amount of enamel is lost, that person will not be a fit candidate for this procedure.

        Patients with an overbite or underbite.

        Patients with misaligned teeth. To get the dental veneer procedure done, people are required to get their misaligned teeth straightened first via an orthodontic treatment.

At Highgate Dental Centre, we offer Dental Veneers to improve your smile. Please contact us to find out if veneers is a suitable treatment for you.

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