Ceramic dental veneers
To correct or improve the appearance of teeth, ceramic dental veneers (of porcelain) can be used to form a visible surface coating applied over the teeth. When it comes to closing spaces, increasing the size or changing the colour of teeth, dental ceramic veneers is the most conservative way to get a dramatic change in your smile.
Dental veneers, often used as an alternative to crowns are very small “parts” of ceramic or plastic glued to the surface of teeth. This can be a solution for the teeth with severe changes in colour, chipped teeth, with small holes or defaults, abnormally shaped or crooked, or to correct unwanted or uneven spaces.
Unlike crowns, dental veneers do not require the removal of large amount of tooth substance. It is important to ask your doctor how much dental substance will be removed. In some cases, you may need an extensive grinding, which may increase the risk of trauma for the tooth. Dental veneers are made based on a impression taken by the doctor in the office. Subsequently, the veneers are cemented onto the tooth. Dental veneers will not stain, being a popular solution for many patients who want a perfect smile. Resistant and durable, dental veneers can last between 10 and 15 years, and the colours can be chosen so as to lighten dark teeth without fearing that they will change over time.
How to apply veneers on teeth?
Teeth are minimally prepared for veneers, allowing their subsequent addition by cementation. Veneers are thin like contact lenses, usually requiring a dental discount of 0.5mm – 1.0mm. If you want a drastic change, you may need a 1.0mm -2.0mm grinding. A matrix of teeth will be created to help shaping the subsequent facets. Temporary veneers will be placed and worn until the permanent veneers are ready. While wearing the temporary veneers, consult your dentist about any modifications or changes that you would like to do, in terms of shape or size. These changes will be transmitted in the permanent facets, so a good communication between you and your dentist is very important in acquiring a new smile.
The dentist will check for a perfect adaptation of veneers and will study the desired shade / colour. The colour cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to the surface of teeth. The tooth is then cleaned with chemical substances to increase in strength and adhesion. When the adhesive penetrates between the facet and the tooth, a light beam is used to harden the glue / cement.
Ceramic dental veneers – Application procedures
There are two procedures to apply dental veneers. Although each one is effective, there are advantages and disadvantages for each procedure depending on the objectives and the undertaking regarding the process. The available options should be discussed with your dentist who will make the right recommendation for you.
The procedure of composite dental veneers
Composite dental veneers can be achieved with a single visit to the dentist. The procedure is performed by applying a direct composite resin to the tooth surface.
The procedure of ceramic dental veneers
Ceramic veneers are made of a very thin, durable and aesthetic fabric. Ceramic veneers usually require multiple visits to the dentist along with a good collaboration with the dental laboratory.
Ceramic dental veneers