Cosmetic treatments no longer hold the kind of social backlash they used to; dying hair and regular moisturizing has become totally normalized and a similar thing seems to be occurring with dental veneers from our dentists in Chester, which are becoming ever more popular.
Conceptually, porcelain dental veneers are not that tricky to get your head around. A veneer is a individually crafted wafer of porcelain which is adhered to the front surface of a tooth before being carved with a dental drill into its final form.
The complexity comes from being inside your mouth and having to deal with the pressure of eating and the complex motions associated with talking. There is a significant comparison between dental veneers and false nails, both being strong but also not liking pressure at the same time.
Restoring a single tooth
The most common veneering procedure is performed on a single tooth, usually after it has had significant restorative work. Perhaps it has had to be heavily reconstructed after being fractured or contains many fillings post-cavity repair. The goal in such procedures is for the veneer to match as possible the rest of the patient’s smile.
Veneers can be used to permanently alter the shade of patients teeth; usually this is done on the most visually obvious front teeth. For some patients, particularly those with genetic conditions that alter the colour or consistency of their teeth like chronic porphyrias or dente imperfecta, this is really the only practical option as tooth whitening with either abrasion and peroxide treatment would have little effect.
Closing small gaps
Dental orthodontic treatment is far from perfect and although braces can do a great deal of the heavy lifting when it comes to altering the position of teeth; those last few millimeters can be challenging.
Even after long-term retainer use it can be difficult to stop small levels of reversion and therefore tiny gaps may appear. Unfortunately, the human eye is particularly good at noticing things like gaps between parallel lines, so even a fraction of a millimeter will be noticed. This can be resolved at our dentist in Chester by placing a slightly oversized veneer and therefore closing the gap and giving the appearance of a straighter tooth than is actually there, so a near-perfect alignment can be achieved.
How we avoid complications
All procedures have their risks and the primary one when it comes to applying veneers is the preparation of the tooth. With older veneering techniques, the enamel on the front surface of the teeth had to be heavily etched to allow dental cement to securely attach the veneer, Even then, there was a fairly high rate of them falling off and requiring reattachment.
This heavy etching of the surface would leave the tooth exposed to potential cavities and temperature sensitivity. Thankfully, the solution to this has been the better adhesive qualities of UV cured resins, allowing almost no edging to have to be performed preserving the natural enamel underneath the porcelain wafer. The setting time of these UV resins is intricately longer than traditional dental cement but it’s a small price to pay for a better act and safer veneering method, one that we are happy to provide at our dentist in Chester.