In dentistry, a veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth. Veneers improve the smile or protect the tooth’s surface from damage.
There are two main types of materials
- Composite Veneers:
Composite veneer may be directly placed or fabricated in a dental lab, and later bonded to the tooth .
- Porcelain Veneers:
Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. The porcelain veneers fabricated in lab, so it generally takes at least 2 dental visits to apply. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.
- Discoloured teeth
- Malformed teeth
- Tetracycline staining
- Enamel fractures
- Modify shape of tooth.
Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers. Here are some reasons why your dentist may suggest treatments other than veneers:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Uncontrolled gingival disease
- High caries rate, parafunction
- No or little enamel
- Unreasonable patient expectations
- Large existing restorations
If you are a good candidate for veneers we can let you know. Most of the times veneers are not needed, as there are other simple fixes which can dramatically improve the smile.
In dental bonding, a tooth-colored composite , is applied to the tooth and hardened with light , bonding the material to the tooth. Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it.
- chipped or broken tooth to restore it to size.
- closing the gaps between front teeth. (diastema closure) and
- Painted over a stained tooth to make it match the colour of your other teeth.
Bonding can be useful for conservative and economical approach, when crown or veneer is considered overkill. Bonding material has to be taken care of, with no biting of nails or anything hard as the material can chip.Over time, the bonding may wear down and your dentist may touch up the bonding with more composite resin.
If you have any questions about veneers, please contact us at Cusp Dental in Surrey.To make an appointment, call us directly at 778-574-3300 or book online.