Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
What type of problems can dental veneers fix?
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
What are the advantages of dental veneers?
Veneers offer the following advantages:
- They provide a natural tooth appearance.
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
They should last for a lifetime with proper oral hygiene practices .
Do Dental Veneers Require Special Care?
Dental veneers do not require any special care. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as you normally would.
Even though porcelain veneers resist stains, your dentist may recommend that you avoid stain-causing foods and beverages (for example, coffee, tea, or red wine).
How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?
Cost of veneers vary depending on the materials and laboratory work.
What are Dental Lumineers?
Lumineers are thin porcelain veneers applied to cover dental imperfections.
A novel quality of Lumineers compared to other veneers is that they do not require the teeth to be ground or prepared before application.
Lumineers are a popular veneer option because they are “no-preparation” procedure that is attractive to both dentists and patients who benefit from the concept of tooth preservation. This technique is best used with patients who have spacing in their smile and only minor tooth rotations. Most cosmetic dentists employ conservative bonding techniques in which they only remove enough surface enamel to allow a ceramist to make life-like teeth for patients. Often Lumineers do not require the dentist to grind, cut or file down any tooth structure for proper placement. The veneers are adhesively bonded to the “facial (front) surface” of the teeth, making the process as much of a minimally invasive procedure as possible.
With Lumineers you get:
• A painless procedure
• Sensitivity-free results
• Permanently white results that last
• A quick and easy process
Your Lumineers can be installed in two easy visits to bring out a beautiful new smile. During the first visit a precision custom mold will be taken so that personalized veneers can be created, then you and your dentist will choose the shade you think works best for your new, permanently white smile. On your second visit, your Lumineers are checked for fit and shade then painlessly attached giving you a healthy, natural smile.
What are the alternatives to dental veneers?
The closest conservative cosmetic alternative to porcelain veneers is composite resin. Composite resin is a tooth-colored filling material that may be used to form dental veneers.
Composite veneers – one session.
Today’s composite materials can provide a life-like, beautiful appearance that is conservative of tooth structure and can last for a long time.
With composite veneers the resin is applied in layers to the tooth and sculpted directly in the mouth to achieve the desired esthetic the patient is looking for. Composite veneers are used in situations in which there is chipping or discoloration of natural teeth. They are also used where there are minor misalignments of teeth to give teeth the appearance of more aligned teeth.
The greatest advantage of composite veneers is that it is an additive process that is reversible and can be removed and replaced as needed. Beautiful natural esthetics can be provided at Dr. Nimri`s clinic and achieved in the right hands.