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What You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

A veneer is a very thin, prefabricated, cosmetic restoration bonded to the tooth usually in the smile or aesthetic region at the front of your mouth.  They have a natural appearance and can help you achieve the perfect smile that you have always desired.

Veneers are chemically bonded to the teeth with the acid-etch technique. After bonding, the veneer practically becomes an integral part of the tooth and can, therefore, be made very thin. Two to three visits to your dentist are normally required for veneers.

The process of getting veneers

A common reason for people to seek veneers is often to minimise the appearance of large, unattractive gaps between the front teeth. In such an instance, only 0,5 mm of the tooth has to be removed from the sides of the teeth and only 1,5 to 2 mm reduced in the chewing areas.

The dentist will take an impression of the teeth and the models are poured in the laboratory (similar to the process that is followed for crowns and bridgework). The veneer is then constructed on the model by building up thin layers of suitable material such as porcelain, ceramic or composite resin. The final restoration is then hardened by firing or the use of a special light.

Advantages of veneers include: Simplicity of the preparation of the tooth, ease of placement, an improved smile, durability of the veneer and providing symmetry.

The veneer is bonded to the teeth with the acid-etch technique. The result is a dramatic improvement in appearance. It is important to always consult with one of our dentists if you are a suitable candidate for veneers.

If you are looking for a dramatic improvement in your appearance, veneers could be a possibility for you. Book a consultation at Gateway Dental to learn more about veneers.