A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, orto protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement.
INDICATIONS: Veneers are an important tool for the cosmetic dentist. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple teeth to create a “Hollywood smile” type of makeover. Many people have small teeth resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have malpositioned teeth that appear crooked. Multiple veneers can close these spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, provide a uniform color, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight.
Renowned expert in the area of aesthetic dental care Dr Irfan Ahmad will be chairing a presentation at this year's British Dental Conference and Exhibition. Aimed at general dental practitioners and young dentists, the lecture has been designed to give clinicians a practical treatment approach that allows for the predictable enhancement of the smile.
Dr Ahmad will be introducing Dinos Kounturas, a general dental practitioner at The Dental Implant Clinic in Thessalonki, Greece, as the speaker for the session. His presentation, Customised aesthetic treatment using minimal or non-invasive feldspathic porcelain veneers, will explore the rationale behind the use of such veneers as an alternative to composite resins. The session will provide a step-by-step guide using clinical case studies to demonstrate the processes involved in order to create successfully an enhanced smile for patients.
The 2010 British Dental Conference and Exhibition takes place at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre between 20-22 May. The event features top level national and international speakers will provide delegates with a wealth of information and advice that they can directly translate to situations that they experience in their practices everyday. The information will inspire the entire dental team to implement new strategies aimed at providing better patient care, and increased practice revenue.