In dentistry, a veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage.
There are two types of material used to fabricate a veneer: Composite and Dental Porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental lab, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia.
In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.
Laminate veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer that covers only the surface of the tooth and generally used for aesthetic proposes.
Full veneer crown is described as “A restoration that covers all the coronal tooth surfaces (Mesial, Distal, Facial, Lingual and Occlusal)”.
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
• Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes, or the presence of large resin filling that have discolored the tooth.
• Teeth that are worn down
• Teeth that are chipped or broken
• Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
• Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Veneer Procedure Benefits
The number one advantage of veneers is that they offer the most dramatic improvement out of all of the dental restoration procedures. They boast unmatched strength and durability and can last for over 15 years. The disadvantage is that the procedure requires a waiting period of at least two weeks to allow time for professional fabrication in a dental lab.
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