Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Veneers- Types

Dear Readers,

There are 2 types of veneers according to the material from which they are made - ceramic and composite veneers.

We also say that there are two techniques for preparing veneers - direct and indirect.

Here I will briefly explain the two techniques.

Direct Technique

It is called direct because it is done by the dentist directly in the patient's mouth. The material used for this purpose is composite.

How is it done?

The first local anaesthesia is given to the patient in this area where the teeth will be treated. The dentist will then remove a small amount of the outer layer of the tooth, called enamel. This is because he or she has to free up space for the bonding material. When this is done, the composite resin is bonded to the surface of the tooth.

Indirect Technique

It is called indirect because it includes a laboratory stage where the veneer or veneers are made by the dental technician. The material used for this purpose is porcelain.

How is it done?

This technique involves several visits. On the first visit, the dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the teeth will be prepared. He or she will then remove such amount of enamel from the front surface of the tooth and its incisal edge or buccal cusp, which will provide enough space for the correct veneer.

After this procedure the dentist takes impressions of the prepared teeth. These impressions are sent to the dental laboratory. This first clinical visit ends with the preparation of temporary veneers that are placed on the prepared teeth.

Meanwhile, the veneers are made in the dental laboratory and returned to the dentist's office.

At the second clinical visit, the dentist first tries the veneers and then bonds them to the teeth. If there is a difference in shape or colour between the veneers and the other teeth in the mouth, the veneers are sent back to the lab to be corrected before bonding.

Both porcelain and composite veneers correct cosmetic imperfections. Once applied to the teeth, both types look great, especially if used for a total smile makeover. They give a perfect look and create a brilliant and incomparable smile.

If you want to achieve this perfect smile, you should first visit your dentist. 

Sometimes I have patients saying, "I have a friend who has veneers or crowns and has a brilliant smile. I want the same treatment to be done on me. "

I have to say that there are not two totally identical dental cases, and if a treatment works for one of your friend, that does not mean it will be right for you.

If veneers or other dental treatments work for you, only your dentist can decide after a thorough review of the teeth and gums, bite, habits, level of dental hygiene and many other factors.

An important question is what cause has led to the need for dental treatment?

A very important point is to discuss your treatment expectations with your dentist.

Only after a detailed analysis of so many important things your dentist could come to a conclusion on what treatment would be the best choice for you.

Your truly,
Dr. Trenkova, DDM


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