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Strong Teeth with Porcelain Veneers

date/time May 13, 2010

Veneers are porcelain or composite shells that are chemically bonded to the surface of a tooth to repair it or to change the tooth's appearance. The application of veneers that change the color and shape of teeth in a dramatic way is the crowning touch of the extreme dental makeover. For many people, stained and worn, or misaligned teeth are corrected in days with veneers.

Good preparation helps to ensure success in veneer application. Leicester dentists begin to design veneers by taking photographs and making models of their patient's teeth. The models and photos are altered by hand or computer to show the doctor and patient what the result could look like. There can be changes made at this stage depending on the doctor's opinion or patient's view. Nothing is done to change the patient's teeth until everyone likes the design.

In Leicester porcelain veneers are usually applied in two visits about two weeks apart. In the first appointment, the teeth are altered to allow for the proper thickness of porcelain. When a tooth protrudes beyond the others or is rotated, it is necessary to remove more of the tooth. The dentist makes an impression of the altered teeth to send to the lab. Then, temporary veneers are formed over the teeth to protect them and to keep the patient smiling. Two weeks later, the veneers are bonded to the teeth.

Porcelain veneers last a long time and porcelain does not stain unlike cement. Patients do not usually feel the veneers on their teeth. Well-planned veneers are not likely to chip or crack in normal use. Porcelain is hard enough to cause increased wear of teeth that bite against them. Excessive force can break or dislodge a veneer. That's why you must not use a porcelain-veneered tooth to bite a fingernail, open a pistachio, or break fishing line. Broken porcelain veneers are not easy to repair and usually, Leicester dentists will replace them.

There is a variety of techniques for application of composite veneers that Leicester dentists will offer you. Teeth are not always altered as for porcelain. Adhesive is painted on the teeth and composite paste is formed directly on each tooth often using different colors and translucencies to mimic the look of natural tooth enamel. Then the veneer is hardened with a bright light. Finally, the composite is trimmed and polished.

Leicester dentists will probably warn you that composite veneers are more likely to stain, chip or break than porcelain. In addition, composite wears faster than natural teeth. On the other side, broken composite veneers are easy to repair. Composite veneers cost much less than the porcelain counterpart but usually don't look as good as porcelain veneers. When the length or thickness of the teeth is dramatically changed, it may take a while to become used to speaking with the newly shaped teeth. Changing the size and shape of those teeth will change the distance the lower lip must travel. In a few days to a couple of weeks, lips and tongues retrain themselves to work with the newly shaped teeth.

It is very important for the dentist to be sure that the changes will not harm the patient during the design phase. It may not be possible to straight teeth that protrude too far are overlapped or very widely spaced with veneers alone. When teeth cannot be straightened with veneers, an orthodontist can make the changes using braces or other devices. These cases may require the orthodontist and the general dentist to work together to obtain the best cosmetic result. You should check with your family dentist and your orthodontist to figure out which technique or combination is best for you.