Smile makeovers help to increase peoples confidence both in their personal and professional lives. One of the most common treatments is the use of porcelain laminate’s Otherwise known as porcelain veneers. There is also the choice of prepless veneers. Veneers are extremely thin pieces of porcelain or ceramic varying between .5 to .7 mm in thickness.
Once they are bonded to the teeth they restore the original strength of the teeth that have had enamel wear along the years and are more susceptible to chipping or fracturing. Therefore the popular misconception that the teeth get weaker as a result of tooth reduction to place veneers is not true. The veneers actually act as an armor to protect the teeth.
Veneers can be used for the following cases:
. To cover stained teeth
. To restore chipped or fractured teeth
. To straighten misaligned teeth
. To close open contacts between teeth
. To have beautifully shaped teeth
. To have a bright white smile that will last for many years and will not need teeth whitening.
PREPLESS VENEERS AKA MINIMAL PREP VENEERS
These types of veneers need minimal to no tooth reduction because they are indicated for cases when the teeth need to be increased in volume since they may be smaller or shorter than normal teeth. Therefore there is an apposition of volume instead of a reduction in volume of the teeth. They look and function like porcelain veneers.
These veneers are used in cases where there is a need for reduction of tooth volume like in cases of misaligned teeth. The tooth reduction is also minimal in these cases of about .3 to .7 mm and 2mm incisally. Research has shown that once they are cemented on the teeth they regain the original strength of the teeth or they may even make the teeth stronger than they are naturally.
Another advantage of these veneers is that since they can wrap around the sides of the teeth they help to protect these areas from getting cavities. They also never stain so your smile will remain bright and white for the life span of the veneers.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW SMILE
Proper brushing technique os essential to prevent cavities im the areas that are not covered by veneers. Also it is important to use an ultra soft brush with light pressure on the brush to avoid gum recession which will show the yellower areas of the root surface beyond the margin of the veneers.
Daily flossing is also essential to maintain the health of your gums and teeth to prevent gum disease and bone loss.
If you are a grinder or clencher it is important to wear night guards to protect your natural teeth and veneers from chipping or fracturing.
Avoid eating very hard foods like hard candies to prevent chipping of your natural teeth and veneers.