Showing a mouthful of white teeth when smiling is the wish of many beauty lovers. In addition to traditional braces or braces, veneers are also an option. However, there are many things that need to be paid attention to before and after the dental strip is applied, for example, it is necessary to pay attention to the enamel of the tooth before attaching it, because the more enamel on the tooth surface, the higher the adhesion between the veneer and the tooth. It is also necessary to clean it frequently after the sticker, otherwise it is easy to cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.


Written by: Huang Lingmin, a medical consultant and dentist who is a fellow medical consultant


Huang Lingmin, a medical consultant and dentist who is a fellow medical consultant

Veneers are a common treatment for cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and are suitable for people with mild misalignment of teeth. Commonly used SMD materials include:

(1) Lithium disilicate


(2) Feldspathic porcelain


(3) Composite veneer


The above materials have different levels of transparency, color resistance and strength. Dentists can choose different materials according to the patient's clinical condition to change the shape and colour of the teeth immediately from the appearance. Veneers can also "rehearse" the cosmetic effect because the dentist can first create a temporary veneer with a composite resin material, so that the patient can get a pre-existing experience of the new shape and aesthetic effect of the teeth.

Many people who are interested in dental veneers are concerned about the firmness of the veneers, for example, they are worried about whether daily eating will cause the veneers to loosen and cause embarrassing scenes. In fact, the durability of the veneer depends on the amount of enamel on the teeth. The more enamel there is on the tooth surface, the higher and stronger the adhesive force between the veneer and the tooth.

Dental veneers are an orthodontic option, and there are many things that need to be paid attention to before and after the veneers, such as the enamel of the teeth before the veneers, because the more enamel on the tooth surface, the higher the adhesion between the veneer and the teeth; It is also necessary to clean it frequently after the sticker, otherwise it is easy to cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. (File photo/Photo by Gao Zhongming)

However, it should be noted that if the patient needs to change the shape and position of the teeth excessively, it may involve grinding the teeth. When most of the enamel on the tooth is worn away, the adhesive strength of the veneer will be greatly reduced. If the patch does not adhere to the tooth surface, the edges will change color and the patch will collapse. Therefore, some clinical conditions cannot be solved by veneers alone, or need to be combined with orthodontics or teeth whitening to achieve better results.

When it comes to teeth grinding, some people may compare veneers to another type of braces that also require teeth refinement. In fact, dental veneers are less invasive, like women's nail veneers, which are applied to the surface of the teeth. Braces, on the other hand, are like a hard hat that surrounds the entire tooth, and the teeth need to be ground down in volume and the grinding amplitude is larger. When a patient has a problem with the bite of the teeth, which are prone to collapse even with veneers, they may need to consider replacing them with braces.

Most of the cost of veneers or braces ranges from a few thousand to more than HK$10,000 per tooth. For the aesthetic effect of veneers, it is usually not necessary to apply veneers to just one tooth, or to treat several adjacent teeth together to achieve an overall sense of harmony.

The edges of the veneers are uneven, and it is easy to hurt the mouth.

Dental veneers are not a one-time thing, and subsequent cleaning and maintenance work is also very important because it is related to dental health. The edges of the veneers must be close to the teeth so that they do not trap dirt or have sensitive teeth. Floss and toothbrush frequently, and clean the edges of the patches, otherwise periodontal disease and tooth decay are likely to occur.

If the strips cause dental problems, it is also difficult to remove the patches and redo them. Because during the removal process, a lot of enamel will be taken away, which will greatly reduce the adhesion of new patches in the future. Persons who wish to have veneers fitted with dental veneers are advised to consult a qualified dentist for treatment first.

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