Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front apparent of a tooth, like an untrue fingernail fits over a nail. Occasionally a natural-color ‘composite’ material is used in the place of porcelain. Veneers are used to improve the color, shape and position of your teeth. An accurate shade of porcelain can be selected to give the right color to advance a single discolored tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a fragmented tooth look whole again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker part replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to fill small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) is not appropriate option. If one tooth is somewhat out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fixed to bring it into line with the others.
- Subsequently they need all around 5 mm of tooth reduction; porcelain veneers are not measured an alterable form of treatment.
- Sometimes, the planning of a porcelain veneers does not necessitate the use of a local anesthetic. Though, for those patients that are mostly sensitive or nervous, a local anesthetic is desirable.
- You can imagine some sensitivity to hot and cold. This is normal and is due to the abstraction of a small part of the tooth’s enamel covering. This sensitivity should vanish a few days after the placement of the veneers.
- Once placed, your cover veneers are very strong and will fight most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain is like a glass it is strong, but brittle. So, you should avoid anything that will incline to stress the cover veneer.