What are veneers?
People who have teeth that are discolored, either because of root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride, or the presence of large resin fillings can benefit from veneers. Veneers are also used to protect teeth that are worn down, chipped, or broken. A veneer can be used for aesthetic purposes to repair teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped, and to close the space between teeth that have gaps between them.
Dental veneers are custom-made, thin, shells of tooth-colored material. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length. Veneer treatment involves removing less tooth structure than a full crown preparation. Majority of the time the process is irreversible because part of the tooth’s enamel must be removed to provide adequate space to cement the shell.
The restoration for a veneer requires two phases
1) the preparation of the tooth, taking an impression to send to the lab
2) the adjustment and cementation of the veneer when esthetics and function have been verified.
Risks involved in having veneer treatment
1)Some removal of the enamel from the surface of the tooth is required.
2)Can leave the teeth sensitive to heat and cold. In rare cases root canal treatment may become necessary
3)Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack.
4)Veneers can dislodge and fall off. If patients has habits of biting nails, chewing on pencils, ice, or other hard objects which will put pressure, this should be discussed prior to treatment.
5)Habits of grinding or clenching my teeth may cause the veneer to become dislodged.