What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can be used by dentists to correct the appearance of worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, tooth discoloration, and chips or cracks. Porcelain and composite veneers are made by dental technicians in a dental laboratory, but composite veneers also can be made directly inside your mouth by your dentist.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers are esthetically pleasing, protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments, such as crowns. They provide a natural tooth appearance. Other advantages of veneers include durability, an improved appearance to your smile and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure, compared to crowns.
What Veneers are right for you?
Veneer selection involves choosing the appropriate length, shape, width and color for your restorations. Your dentist will use a color chart to help you select the best veneer shade. If your veneers are to be made in a dental laboratory, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and create a model of your mouth for use by the laboratory when customizing your restorations to the correct size and shape.
What Happens During the Procedure?
In order to place veneers, your dentist then will shape and prepare your teeth, which involves permanently changing them by removing a small amount of natural tooth structure (usually only enamel) in order to fit the custom-made porcelain or composite restoration. You then will need to wear temporary veneers until your permanent restorations are ready to be placed. Composite veneers (direct bonding) created in your mouth by your dentist do not require you to wear temporaries. Veneers created by a dental laboratory are bonded to your teeth using different types of resin cements.
What to Expect After Procedure?
In general, it is good dental advice to keep your sugar consumption low and confined to meal times to prevent decay. You should be careful with eating hard food. Sometimes a night guard is recommended to protect teeth, particularly if patients grind their teeth.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
Veneers generally last between 5 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.
Laminate means leaf in Latin language. The process of laminate veneers is formed by gluing the tooth crowns to the surface by thinning only the front faces of the teeth by 0,3-0,7 mm without cutting the original shape of it. This method results minimum loss of healthy tooth tissue. The laminate is performed to the frontal teeth where the back of the teeth cannot be seen from outside. Laminate is a special and an expensive method where the dentist should be a professional in this area in order to do this kind of treatment. Please do consult to our dental professionals whether you are suitable for this treatment.
Empress veneers are made of the same material as the laminate. The difference between the laminate and the empress is that the empress veneer covers the whole tooth surface and thus the teeth are cut