A veneer is a thin layer of material which is placed over a tooth to improve its look or to protect it from damage. They are also known as porcelain veneers or porcelain laminates. These are an important part of cosmetic dentistry and can tackle spacing between the teeth, discoloration, distorted shape and symmetry. They make teeth look whiter and straighter.
For whitening veneers, you can get a permanent veneer or choose for temporary ones. They are molded on the existing teeth. Temporary veneers are made from flexible resins and are removable as well as reusable. These are easy to manufacture, with the user taking the impression of his ‘her teeth b using a Do it yourself kit. The impression is then sent to a lab and made into veneers, which are then mailed back to the user.
To use veneers, first make sure the veneers are made of porcelain. Porcelain resembles the enamel and is also resistant to stains. The color of the veneers depends on the number of teeth that you seek to whiten. If it’s a single tooth that you are trying to correct, match the veneer’s color with the surrounding teeth. If you are correcting the whole denture, you can choose a veneer of any brightness.
Taking care of your veneers is as crucial as getting them. You can go about your daily routine of brushing and flossing but you need to be careful of the foods that you consume while you are wearing your veneers. Seek your dentists’ advice as to the stain- causing foods and drink which should be avoided. As an instance, tea, coffee and red wine can discolor porcelain of the veneers.
Always remember that you cannot whiten veneers once you have them on. The process will involve grinding off the layer and can be damaging to your teeth. Hence, always remember to go to a good doctor and study the shade charts carefully.
Veneers can whiten your teeth only when administered under the supervision of an expert dentist and carefully maintained thereafter.