If you have a tooth that has an irregular shape, there are multiple dental applications that can be used to correct its appearance, including dental veneers. Here a few types of veneers that may be used:
Traditional Porcelain Veneers
A traditional dental veneer is usually made from porcelain and can be applied to the front of a misshapen tooth. The veneer is shaped to match your other teeth and correct the irregularities in the covered tooth's appearance.
Before a porcelain veneer is fabricated, a mold of your mouth is created and sent to a dental lab. At the laboratory, the technician uses the impression to guide the creation of the dental veneer, which is placed once it is sent back to the dental office.
Before the final veneer is applied, a bit of the tooth material from your misshapen tooth must be removed. This removal ensures that the veneer will line up with your natural bite pattern. The veneer is permanently cemented to the front of the tooth to correct its appearance.
A traditional veneer can also be prepared using CAD/CAM technology. This means that no mold or impression is needed in the preparation of the veneer. Instead, digital images are captured and used to guide the veneer's creation, which is performed with a computerized milling machine. Veneers that are created in this manner do not require laboratory involvement.
Composite Resin Veneers
Resin veneers are made of hard plastic. They require the removal of a bit of tooth material just as traditional porcelain veneers do.
A resin veneer can effectively correct an irregular tooth. However, it is generally not as durable as a porcelain veneer and usually has a lower cost.
The resin veneer can be fashioned chairside by the dentist, and once it is in place, it is cured using a specialized light.
Lumineers are even thinner than resin and traditional porcelain veneers. As a result, no tooth material is removed before their installation. The preservation of the tooth material helps ensure that the veneer application can be reversed if desired.
Also, since no tooth material is removed, there is no need for anesthesia during the placement of lumineers. The veneers are installed painlessly and quickly.
Still, lumineers transform a misshapen tooth as effectively as a traditional porcelain veneer.
To learn more about the types of veneers that can be used to improve the appearance of your misshapen tooth, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your local area.