Veneers are an aesthetic solution to your crooked teeth problems. They are fixed over the problematic teeth and give a false impression of straight teeth. If you have crooked teeth and do not want to invest your time in correcting them through braces, veneers are a great option. Veneers also work if the issue with your smile is primarily aesthetic. A veneer is a very thin shell or layer of tooth coloured porcelain or composite. It is placed over the outer portions of your teeth to create an illusion of perfect, shiny teeth. It is generally done when a tooth has been damaged by decay or accident or has become discoloured due to some reason. Veneers are not a permanent solution to your damaged teeth; they will just cover the imperfections.
Your dentist will start with start with checking if you have any fillings in your teeth. A mould of your teeth will be made using putty like material. This will help the doctor in making the veneer according to the exact size of your teeth. While fixing the veneer, a very small amount of natural tooth material will be removed to ensure that the veneer does not look or feel bulky. It will then be held in place with a special strong bond. Veneers may sometimes break or get damaged if the tooth is knocked. In some cases, they may be glued back while sometimes, they may have to be replaced. The material used for white fillings may also be used to build veneers directly upon the tooth. A mild acid will be used to roughen the tooth’s surface and then, the white material will be applied in thin layers until the teeth regain their appearance.
If you have severely dull or discoloured teeth, veneers are a good option for you. They will enhance the appearance of your mouth, smile and other facial features.
If your natural teeth are functionally and aesthetically adequate, your doctor will not suggest you to go for veneers.
You may have a tugging sensation for a few days. It may take a little while in getting used to the veneers. Other than this, they do not have any side effects.
You should make sure that no external pressure is put on the veneer. Take care of the rest of your teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene, brush and floss your teeth daily.
Your treatment will be done in two sessions. In the first session, your dentist will take a mould of your teeth so that your veneers are made according to the size of your existing teeth. The second session will take place after two to four weeks after your veneers are ready. You may need just 2-3 days to resume your daily activities after getting them fixed.
One session of consultation with your dentist may cost between ₹500 - ₹1200. The cost of a veneer is around ₹13000.
Fitting of veneers may last only a few years. They may even break if your tooth is knocked.
You can go for braces to correct your crooked teeth. Getting crowns fixed is another aesthetic solution to your tooth troubles.