Are Veneers Safe?

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Dental veneers are the most popular method of improving teeth size, colour and shape. People usually compare them with shells because they cover the frontal part of the teeth. They are a fast and easy way to improve the appearance of your teeth. Thanks to modern dental practice and modern clinics, like DentalDesigns, there are two types of veneers in Singapore – resin veneers and porcelain veneers. Both materials have their own advantages and disadvantages so choosing one of them should be a product of discussion with the dentist.

Why someone will need veneers?

Reasons for creating them are numerous, but we will list only the most common ones. Probably, you know that teeth could cause many problems that can’t be solved. For example, teeth lose their colour often after root canal treatment, resin filling, drug use, etc. In this case, veneers help and hide the discolouration, claims, so teeth could look like they are healthy and white.

Another reason people use veneers is that their teeth are worn out. The reason is not hiding into “too much eating” – it is hiding into genetic predisposition. Some teeth more easily break and chip so these people need to take care more carefully for them and visit the dentist more often. Some people have gaps between their teeth and whole their life they feel uncomfortable to smile although their teeth might be in perfect health.

What is the process of having veneers?

Most people don’t need more than 3 visitations to the dentist office. The first one is for a complete examination, the second one is for preparing and the third one – for installing veneers.

In the first visit, patients have to share their dental problems and concerns. They have to explain in deep what they want to accomplish. The dentist or ophthalmologist will tell them if their teeth are suitable for wearing veneers. How veneers could help and what they can’t do. In the first visitation limitations and expectations are discussed that’s why it is so important.

The second visit is when the procedure will actually begin. The technique of installing veneers in Singapore includes removing a small part of your natural enamel. Some people can’t stand pain at all so they need local anaesthetic so if you are one of them have in mind that you will experience numbness in the treated area. The dentist will make a model of your teeth based on which technicians will create the veneer. Although, most people are impatient to get their new teeth the process takes time – around 3 weeks. When the veneer is ready

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The third and last step is cementing the veneer onto the patient’s tooth. Although we call it cementing it includes a very special type of cement which is activated with a light beam. The cement hardens and glues the veneer for the real tooth but before that, the shape of veneer and tooth, both of them, is corrected. Veneer cementing requires a lot of adjusting and the patient has to come again in the dentist office in two weeks for a check-up.

What patients should have in mind before having veneers?

Composite veneers will stay on your teeth for at least 7 years. After that, they should be changed with new ones. The longest period they might stay over patient’s teeth is 15 years. Porcelain veneers don’t stain easily but patients should proceed with their usual dental care – including brushing and flossing. Porcelain allows to choose the colour that best suits patient but it doesn’t allow to be painted in future so once chosen the colour can’t be changed. A big advantage is that gums tolerate veneers so gums infections are a rarity.

Risky group of patients is the group of people who grind their teeth. Although veneers are incredibly hard they might chip if they are exposed to constant pressure. Having veneers should be on health teeth only. If the patient has too large or too many dental fillings, decay or many fractured then veneers are not for them. Another risk group are people with damaged enamel because at the beginning of the procedure some part of it is polished and removed to open a space for veneers.

In addition, patients should know that veneer procedure is not reversible so it is an important decision. So basically, veneers are safe and effective for the right dental problems.