Santa Rosa dentist providing cosmetic veneers

A beautiful, healthy smile can make you look beautiful and healthy too. If you want perfect, pearly whites, then perhaps cosmetic dental veneers are the answer. With dental veneers, you could have a sparkling new smile and the confidence to use it in no time. Veneers can correct a whole range of different conditions, including damaged and chipped teeth, stained teeth, gaps and misaligned teeth. However, they are not a suitable correction for non-aesthetic problems or for teeth near the back of the mouth.

What are dental veneers?

Veneer is a technique in cosmetic prosthetic preservation, or cosmetic dentistry, of modern dentistry. This method does not require grinding teeth or only sharpening from 0.3 to 0.5mm. Veneers ensure the aesthetics of your smile, without changing too much of its structure. Comparing to natural teeth that have the hardness from 80 to 120 Mpa, Emax veneers have a hardness from 400 Mpa to 600Mpa, which helps you chew comfortably. Veneers’ natural color helps cover all the defects in color and shape of teeth. In addition, the stability of porcelain veneers is very high. They’re durable to the effects of biological, chemical factors and mechanical forces in the oral environment.

Veneer procedure is considered as one of the most effective and comprehensive aesthetic methods that give the brand new beautiful looking of the smile while reserving the nature of teeth. Therefore, more and more global patients have chosen veneers as a cosmetic procedure. Veneers can be done in only two sessions in which the first session is for consultation and getting an impression, and the second session is for placing the veneers.

Pros of getting veneers in Santa Rosa clinic

  • Preserve the natural teeth: Veneers are a cosmetic procedure that minimizes the sharpening of tooth enamel.
  • Lower the level of teeth sensitivity: Don’t require grinding teeth too deep, porcelain veneers don’t affect the life of the teeth. The procedure only requires scratching of the tooth surfaces so the occlusal does not need to change as in orthodontics.
  • Does not affect tooth canal
  • Veneer material has a transparent color and is almost identical to real teeth up to 99%
  • After the work is done, you can completely chew as normal, it isn’t different from your natural teeth while eating

How to decide whether veneers are suitable for you?

experts at Santa Rosa will discuss and advise you on the choices available on a case by case basis leaving you to make an independent and informed choice. Whichever process you decide experts will deliver a professional and conscientious service creating a result of which they will be proud, and with which you will be delighted. Dental veneers are not appropriate for everyone or every tooth. Veneering teeth is not a reversible procedure if tooth structure must be removed to achieve your desired result.

Only an examination by one of experts can determine whether veneers are appropriate for making the changes you desire. After an initial examination expert will give you a thorough and honest appraisal of the options that are available to you.

Good oral health

Like any cosmetic dentistry, your teeth and tooth enamel and gums must be in good health and strong enough for the procedure. You must be completely free from cavities and tooth decay. Of course, in case you have such a problem, the dentist will suggest you do dental restoration treatment in advance.

Full enamel

It is important that you have enough enamel, so it helps veneers teeth stick to real teeth.

Reasonable straight teeth

In order to qualify for porcelain veneers, your teeth should be of moderate size. In addition, there should be no big gaps that are larger than 1/2 teeth between the teeth that you’re planning to get veneers. Veneers can be glued on some of your slightly curled teeth. But those teeth which are seriously skewed and bent are normally not good candidates for veneers. In their case, porcelain veneers are usually not strong enough for mechanical forces in the long term.

No habit of grinding teeth or using teeth as tools

Do you often chew your nails or open beer bottles by your teeth? If you have such habits of using your teeth as such tools, you should definitely not get veneers. The reason is that these habits will ruin your cosmetic veneers. In general, Veneers are very strong and durable, but also they’re attached to your teeth using dental materials. With certain ways that you apply forces on your dental veneers, incidents might occur. So make sure you do not have those kinds of habits before you decide to get veneers.

Seriously stained teeth

Typically, whitening is the solution of choice for stained teeth. However, if your teeth are seriously damaged, for example, due to smoking habits, the whitening technique may not work. Veneers or crowns would be the right solutions. They can completely cover even discoloration caused by decay or filling.

Minor break

You can apply cosmetic veneers if there are no major dental defects, to cover up the small cracks or slightly broken parts.

What to expect during the veneers procedure?

Cosmetic veneers are made of a hard porcelain material that beautifully mimics natural teeth. The choice to have veneers placed requires a consultation with one of Santa Rosa dentists to discuss the treatment and see if veneers are a good option for you. They require less tooth removal than a traditional crown, largely keeping your own tooth structure intact.

Step 1: General examination

The doctor will examine your teeth and occlusal to decide whether you’re suitable for veneers or not. And if you have tooth decay or tartar on your teeth, or any periodontal disease, the doctor will make sure they’re cleaned or treated well before proceeding the veneer procedure.

Step 2: Take the impression

The dentist reshapes your teeth and takes the impression of your teeth after that. Veneers’ thickness is small, so the dentist can preserve the maximum of your teeth. The impression should be used to design the veneers with the help of a computer-aided design system to not only meet the aesthetic requirements like color, shape, dimensions but also ensure the physical function like strength, angle, durability.

Step 3: Attach temporary crowns

The doctor will attach temporary crowns on your teeth while waiting for the veneers to be designed and manufactured. Temporary crowns can help you communicate more confidently and chew easier.

Step 4: Attach Veneers

Finally, when the veneers have been made and delivered, the material will be tested by the dentist and finally attach to the patient’s teeth.

After your veneers are applied

After your veneers have been placed and the anesthetic has worn off, if it was required, you are pretty much good to go. The veneers are set firmly to your teeth so you are able to resume normal everyday activities almost immediately, although experts will advise each client on an individual basis as to any particular procedures they should follow post treatment.

It can take a little time to get used to the new shape and size of your teeth. However, you will soon adjust to your new veneers and your teeth will feel completely natural. Simply brush and floss your teeth as normal. Your dentist will recommend a night guard to protect the veneers if you clench and grind your teeth at night. A follow up visit is highly recommended, to allow the dentist to see how your mouth is adapting to the veneers.

Veneers and other cosmetic treatment combinations

porcelain veneers may be used in combination with other treatments such as crowns, bridges, dental implants, orthodontics, teeth whitening, even tooth bonding to achieve a complete smile makeover.

The porcelain of a veneer will blend exactly with the porcelain of crowns, implants and bridges if they are made at the same time (i.e. from the same mix of porcelain) to give a perfectly uniform color to your teeth. Assuming of course, that the tooth underneath isn’t so dark it influences the color.

Porcelain or composite resin?

There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of veneers.

Porcelain veneers are very durable and they look very life-like and natural, and are resistant to staining. However if they crack or chip, the whole veneer must be replaced. Porcelain veneers also need to be manufactured off-site and can take a few weeks to complete. Composite resin veneers can be added to your existing teeth in one visit. Any chips or cracks to composite resin veneers can be repaired and are cheaper than porcelain veneers.

Veneers vs Crowns as an aesthetic solution

Veneer procedure only requires reshaping teeth with a depth of 0.5mm, while the crown requires grinding of 2mm depth. You can see that the purpose of veneers is to minimize the abrasion to your real teeth, which keep your teeth strong and more durable while bringing out the best look for your smile.

Although, there are some circumstances in which crowns are inevitable, such as when the gap between two teeth is too big for veneers or when the tooth is heavily damaged, etc

Regarding lifespan, under good care, veneers could last up for 10-15 years. As for the crown procedure, the average lifespan of the porcelain crown could be up to 20 years or even 30 years (depending on the type of cosmetic porcelain you choose).

Veneers vs Lumineers

Lumineers have the same function as veneers: to bond in the front of the teeth. However, these special veneers are made of only one material – Cerinate by Denmat. Cerinate’s hardness is much stronger than veneers’ overall materials, creating the opportunity for Lumineers to be exceptionally thin: only 0.2-0.3mm.

Due to the thinness, resharpening teeth is not necessary, the process doesn’t require drilling and doing shots. This creates the opportunity for customers to remove Lumineers whenever they want to go back to their original teeth.

Customers only need 2 appointments in order to bond Lumineers in Vietnam:
In the first visit, customers have an initial consultation with their dentist. Dentists will take the impression and transfer the mold to the Lumineers design specialists.
The second visit usually happens several weeks after. This time, the dentist will bond Lumineers with the customer’s teeth in the front. After bonding, customers may check their new Lumineers’ hardness by biting.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers will last about 10 years and possibly much longer. It’s all about maintaining consistent and effective oral hygiene. A visit to the dentist for a check-up and clean must be scheduled at least twice a year. Most importantly, only use your teeth for eating food – don’t chew pens, crunch ice or rip open plastic bags with them!

Is this painful to get veneers?

During the veneers procedure, the reshaping stage takes place in the outer part of the tooth (enamel), and also the soft tissues are not affected at all. Therefore, it doesn’t create any annoying or painful feelings to you for sure. That’s one thing you can relax about.

What impacts the cost of veneers?

There are two factors that affect the cost of veneers:

  • Materials: Different types of veneers are produced by different manufacturers with different technologies, different figures of durability, strength, aesthetics, translucency, and indication.
  • Doctor background: The specialty and years of experience of dentists also greatly affects the price of porcelain veneer teeth. Veneer is a very difficult technique, it requires the well-trained dentists to conduct, there is also a certain price difference depending on the dentist’s professional level and experience. Therefore, when you’re offered a surprisingly low price veneer package, remember to ask for a profile of the dentist in charge of your case.