Dental Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Indications treatable by veneers include:

  • Stained/ defective restorations
  • Gap between the front teeth
  • Fracture lines
  • Wearing of teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Malformed teeth
  • Slight malposition
  • Gum recession expossing the roots
  • Erosion/abrasion of teeth
  • In case of children teeth(with large pulp)
 

Veneers are wafer-thin, individually crafted porcelien shells, colored matched to cover and often dramatically inhance a patient's appearance. They are bonded to the front of the teeth altering their color, shape, size and/or length.

At Shiv Dental Clinic, we prefer to perform an initial examination in order to uncover any underlying problems that could detract from the success of the procedure. We will likely take x-rays and initial impressions. In addition, we'll discuss the patients expectations as they relate to the overall treatment, as well as the long term committment that veneers require.

Either during the initial consultation or during the next scheduled visit, we will begin by removing around .5 mm of enamel from the tooth surface, depending upon the thickness of each planned veneer. An impression of the prepared tooth surface(s) will then be taken, from which a model is prepared for use by the dental labratory. Since production of veneers take approximately a week to 10 days, temporary veneers may, at the patient's discretion, be placed by the dentist.

During the next visit, the dentist will temporarily place each veneer that has been received from the dental labratory on the corresponding tooth to examine it for fit and color. The dentist will trim and replace the veneer, sometimes several time, until the proper fit is acheived.

Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, it is cleaned, polished and etched to ensure the stongest bond possible. A special optical catilyst cement is applied to the bonding surfaces and then the veneer is carefully set in place. When the dentist is satisfied with the position, a light source designed to activate the chemical in the cement will be applied. The light will activate chemicals in the cement causing it to harden or cure very quickly.

After the veneer has been secured we remove any excess cement, evaluate the patient's bite and make any final adjustments that may be necessary. We then schedule a follow up appointment to see how the patient's gums are responding to the presence of the veneer(s).

Although an overview of treatment options is provided in this section of the website, care is always individually tailored to address particular needs and then only after close consultation with the patient.

Comparison of Veneer systems - Composite resin veneers:

Composite resins (same as used for tooth -colored fillings) can be used in a direct chair side technique to form a veneer. Advantages of these direct composite veneers are:

  • Only one appointment is required
  • Cost to the patient is less
  • Composite resin veneers are reparable
  • Color and form can be controlled by the dentist
Porcelain veneers:

These veneers promise" the highest esthetic potential to date for restoration of anterior tooth defects." Porcelain is the optimum material for its color stability, esthetics, wear resistance and tissue compatibility. But unlike composite resin veneers these are constructed in labs from dies made from patient's impression. Porcelain veneers

  • Frequently do not require anesthetic and are less stressful to the patient.
  • Does not usually cause sensitivity
  • Maintains natural contacts between teeth
  • Eliminates display of metal at the gum margin
  • Does not usually require temporization
Ultra-Thin-Veneers:

They represent one of the greatest advances in cosmetic dentistry. They are ultra thin veneers (as thin as contact lenses). They utilize ultra-modern state-of –the-art technology to create extremely strong, durable, thin veneer from porcelain. They are placed on the existing tooth structure so that means in most cases there is no drilling of extremely sensitive tooth enamel is required unlike traditional veneers.No injections! No pain! No Drilling! No temporaries!

  • Whiten teeth Permanently.
  • Re-shape Teeth.
  • Straighten Teeth.
  • Repair Chipped and Stained Teeth.
  • Place over existing Crown or Bridge work without having to replace them.
  • Close gaps and spaces in between teeth