Veneers restore the front surface of your teeth by covering damage, discolouration, and minor misalignment. In many cases, they are an excellent alternative to crowns, whitening treatments, and braces. Veneers improve the appearance of your smile while protecting the quality of your teeth. Depending on your needs, preferences, and the condition of your teeth, you can choose one types of veneers. In the right circumstances, they can make a drastic improvement to the overall appearance of a person’s teeth and, in the process, can also enhance their self-esteem.
What is dental veneer?
Dental veneers are a popular way to improve your smile, especially if find your teeth are worn, chipped, have larger than gaps between them, discoloured or unable to be whited. They are also the go-to for people seeking a harmonious, natural smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.
Veneers are made of a strong, durable material with translucent properties to give the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Unlike a crown that covers the entire tooth, a veneer essentially is a thin covering or ‘shell’ that is placed over the front (visible anterior) part of your natural tooth, to provide a consistent look. Each veneer is individually designed to adjust the appearance, colour, shape, size, position, rotations, texture or appearance of your teeth.
A veneer can be applied to restore a single tooth, or several teeth and are ideal when your teeth do not require significant restorations. They can however, be used as part of a treatment plan that incorporates other procedures like porcelain crowns, bridges and implants. This is a good option for people who have different types of dentistry in their smile but who wish to have a more uniform smile with teeth that match each other.
Who can benefit from Veneers?
Veneers can be a good option for people with:
- Tooth discolouration, which can’t be treated by traditional tooth-whitening options
- Worn-down teeth
- Teeth with minor damages, such as chips and cracks
- Misaligned teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Minor gaps between teeth
If you want to change your smile, veneers might be the best way to achieve a perfect smile. During the first appointment, your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of veneers, and explain if they’re a viable option for you.
It is important to understand that veneers are a cosmetic solution. They make teeth look better without treating them. Serious problems such as tooth decay can’t be fixed by applying veneers, and any outstanding oral problems must be resolved before you get veneers.
Dental veneer types
Many people don’t realize that there are a lot of different dental veneer options to choose from. Over the past couple years, many different techniques and brands of dental veneers have emerged, each with their unique offering. dentists are committed to helping patients achieve the smile of their dreams, and they are confident that we can help you find the right dental veneer to fit your smile!
Composite resin veneers, also known simply as composite veneers, is a cheap veneer dental restoration that can be applied in one dentist visit. They are most usually made out of resin or plastic, can be easily repaired if broken and can last up to seven years. The process includes applying layers of composite to your tooth, for the layers to then be moulded to fit your desired shape and length. Once each layer is hardened via curing-light, the composite is polished. However delightful this form of veneer sounds, it is worth mentioning that they can also be quite easily chipped, broken or stained.
Are they expensive?Composite veneers are great for those who want quick, affordable veneers as opposed to porcelain or crowns. But, they are not so good for those who wish to avoid returns to the dentist for repairs. They are more commonly seen as quick fixes for smaller occurrences such as chipping of teeth or the discolouring of teeth.
These particular types of dental veneers are slightly different due to their focus on the inside surfaces of your teeth. Instead of being placed on the front surface of the teeth, they are applied to the back. Why? Well, the palatal surface improves your teeth by strengthening them from behind instead of by coating their front-facing surfaces. Often made from gold, but also available in porcelain or composite, palatal dental veneers protect the back of worn down, eroded, delicate or sensitive teeth to prevent further wear and keep them strong.
If not seen to promptly and effectively, the edges of the affected teeth can be caused to break off, which can lead to the shortening of your crowns, an irreversible process.
Created from a patented material known as Cerinate®, Lumineers™ , also known as ‘non-prep veneers’, are extremely thin but strong veneers. The procedure is painless, with no needles, no drilling and no requirements for anaesthesia, being completely in merely 2 visits. Having durability and high resistance to potentially last over 20 years, they are usually used to cover discolouration or spaces in your teeth, Lumineer veneers last as long as regular porcelain veneers, but the difference is that this procedure is reversible if the recipient eventually changes their mind. However delicate they may look, Lumineers™ are really very hard wearing in terms of material. Lumineers cost less than porcelain veneers you would expect.
Due to Lumineers being so ultra-thin, there is barely (if any) tooth reduction necessary during the procedure. There have been issues, though, with these particular veneers detaching after application, or being so thin that the darker tooth underneath shows through.
Made of high-quality, hardened ceramic, these types of dental veneers really are the old favourites for everyone. However, it is not completely a case of “you can’t improve on perfection”. Porcelain veneers have been around for decades, with older forms looking chunkier and acting as a form of teeth whitening. Nowadays, it does still act as a form of teeth whitening for people whose stained teeth do not react well to actual teeth whitening or bleaching procedures. The process consists of thin pieces of porcelain being applied to your teeth to reinstate their natural, white look. The procedure helps give strength to your teeth that mirror natural tooth enamel. Due to fantastic advances in cosmetic dentistry, the shaping, sculpting and colour treatments available for porcelain have improved to the point where they are impossible to discern from the real thing.
Temporary veneers are used in the direction of protecting the teeth before permanent veneers are designed and set on the teeth. Temporary veneers can also be used to cover the teeth in place of permanent veneers. This can be done for dental patients who will want to remove the veneers afterward.
CEREC®, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, allows us to craft custom veneers for you right away, the same day as your appointment. dentists use a special mill, which uses high-pressure jets of water to cut custom ceramic veneers out of blocks of raw, ceramic material. Ceramics are very popular in restorative and cosmetic dentistry due to their unique strength and long life.
PROCEDURE FOR PUTTING VENEERS
Upon agreeing on the type of veneers for your tooth, dentist professionals will create a mold of your teeth, which will be taken to the lab to customize them. A temporary veneer can be placed on the tooth after making the impression of your tooth. Once these veneers are in, you will schedule an appointment with our experts, who will evaluate the shape, fit and coloration of veneers to ensure that they perfectly fit you.
The temporary veneer will then be removed, after which the next step will be an intensive cleaning of your teeth using water and pumice. This is vital for preventing the trapping of bacteria under the veneers, which may end up causing decay. The veneer is etched before rinsing it thoroughly with water before air-drying it. professionals will then place the adhesive on the preparation before placing the cement and veneer while making sure that they get the exact fit. Light curing will then be done on the veneer for approximately 60 seconds to make sure that all surfaces are perfectly attached to the tooth structure. professionals will then remove any excess material before polishing all the margins of the veneer.
Who shouldn’t get veneers?
While the majority of people with minor tooth damage, discolouration, and misalignment issues can benefit from getting veneers, there are cases when veneers might not be suitable for you:
- Limited tooth substrate (not enough enamel for bonding or poor-quality enamel)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching can lead to veneers chipping, breaking, and detaching from the tooth)
- Previous large restorations (if the tooth has already been restored several times, a crown may be a better solution than a veneer)
- Poor oral hygiene (this can lead to serious problems thus making veneers useless)
- Severe gum disease (all gum issues must be treated before considering veneers)
During your first consultation, your dentist will discuss all the options. It’s important to have excellent periodontal and general oral health for veneers to be effective and last long.
Veneers vs Other Teeth Whitening Methods and Orthodontic Options
It is impossible to determine whether veneers are the most suitable solution for any prospective patient’s dental desires without a proper examination of their teeth and oral health. The best advice is to see a dentist to discuss your concerns regarding your teeth and what you hope to achieve.
Following thorough consideration for your health, they will discuss all your possible treatment options and work with you to achieve your best smile.
Care and maintenance tips for your veneers
The maintenance of your veneers is relatively simple. No special maintenance is needed other than good oral hygiene. dentists do like to make a few suggestions, to help you: –
Please brush and floss as you normally would to prevent oral hygiene problems. Do not be afraid of damaging your veneers by either flossing or brushing. Any good toothpaste is acceptable. A good home care regime will ensure the aesthetic success of your veneer restorations for years to come.
Avoid impact and high stress (i.e. absolutely no biting ﬁnger nails or cutting string or tape with your front teeth). Do not bite onto things such as ice or the top of pencils. Don’t place chocolate in the fridge and cut stone fruit up – sudden impact with a stone can break a veneer. If in doubt – don’t bite it. A normal diet should pose no problem at all. Please avoid anything that will tend to bend or twist the veneers.
Grinding your teeth
If you grind your teeth it is advisable that you invest in a night guard, as it is nearly inevitable that you will sustain some type of damage to your veneers because of the grinding action of your teeth, and this can be very expensive. If you are known to grind your teeth or clench your jaw, please let us know. We may recommend and create a soft night time guard for you to wear to minimise the stresses placed upon your teeth while you sleep. Although this is an additional expense it is highly recommended.
How can I prepare for veneers?
If your oral health is in good shape, the procedure doesn’t require any special preparations. If you are fitted with temporary veneers, you need to be careful about what food you eat. Temporary veneers are attached with a weak adhesive and may slide off or break if you chew hard foods or floss vigorously. They are also highly susceptible to staining so it’s important to rinse your mouth after each meal.
After I have veneers placed, will I have cavities?
The integrity of veneered teeth is only marginally compromised, and the veneer is bonded to the existing teeth. There is no higher incidence of decay provided the veneers are properly cared for as previously mentioned with regular flossing and brushing with toothpaste. Keep your sugar consumption low and confined to meal times, good dental advice generally to prevent decay.
Veneers have no higher incidence of decay provided they are properly cared for with regular flossing and brushing with toothpaste.
How long will porcelain veneers last?
porcelain veneers can last from ten to fifteen years, whilst composite veneers having a lifespan of 3-5 years, depending on how you look after them.
Do porcelain veneers stain with normal things like tea and coffee?
Porcelain veneers should never stain; however; if your teeth have a propensity to stain you should try to avoid or minimize the behaviors that lead to staining and look after them as recommended above with normal hygiene and maintenance procedures.
Does getting veneers hurt?
There is little to no pain involved in getting veneers.