If you are looking for a reason to smile, here is one!
The branch of dentistry that is purely concerned with the aesthetics of teeth is called cosmetic dentistry. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers us many solutions for restructuring and restoring our natural smile. A chipped, discolored or heavily damaged tooth is no longer a reason to hide your smile!
There are many ways of restoring a tooth including popular methods like teeth whitening, bonding, crown restoration etc. But they all have their set of disadvantages. The effects of teeth whitening are more often than not short lived and the staining tends to relapse. Bonding and crown restoration both require significant downsizing of the tooth enamel (3 to 30%), making your tooth vulnerable to germ attack.
Porcelain veneers has come to be regarded as the best option for non-invasive tooth restoration as it does not require any complex, surgical procedures and can be completed in as few as three appointments with the dentist. It has replaced crowns as the only option for severely damaged, discolored or chipped teeth. Veneers can also help you to reduce the gaps in between caused by germ built-up or if you have small teeth due to wear and tear. Damaged front incisors make excellent candidates for veneers due to their immediate visibility.
It is only dentist that are fully aware of the procedure, which should practice it. This is because when the dental cover is put wrongly, the color of the coat and that one of the other teeth may not match up. Another common mishap is when the cemented coat starts to glow in the absence of light. One should note that, most of these cases happen when the wrong type of coat is us. Hence it is advisable to only go for the services of a qualified dentist.
In order for the coating to be absolutely white, the materials used have to mirror off light just like an actual teeth does. This is why the coating used is carefully mixed up and organized. It can either be prepared by hand or by machine. It is done by hand on special circumstances and the decision on which kind to go for is made by the dentist in consulting the patient.
Before fixing the tooth with the coating, a patient has to undergo through a number of steps. The first one begins when the patient is given a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the problem. Once satisfied, the medic starts working on the tooth. A part of the tooth is polished so as to accommodate the new layer to be fixed. The dentist then takes the dimensions of the new polished tooth, and forwards them to a lab technician who makes the layers.
Once the porcelain veneers have been fabricated, the next step is for the dentist to attach it to the tooth. This is only done after is has been established that it is a right match for the tooth. This applies for both in color and size. This procedure may sound easy but truth of the matter is, its a little complicated.