Ceramic Veneers

We live in the era of the perfect Hollywood Smile placing Veneers first in demand in the dental practice. Veneer is a contact-lens thin layer of porcelain placed over a front tooth.
Veneers are used to fix:
  • Teeth that are discolored because of:
    • root canal treatment
    • stains from tetracycline or other drugs
    • excessive fluoride
    • large resin fillings
    • other causes
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or have irregular shapes (genetically small or malformed)
  • Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Dental Veneer Procedure

Getting a dental veneer usually requires three to four visits to the dentist

First visit for consultation. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are right for you and discuss your expectations, the procedure and some of its limits. They will take X-rays, photos and scan your teeth to make digital impressions of your mouth and teeth to design the treatment plan and prepare the digital wax up. So on the next visit they will have ready the silicon keys to fabricate the mock up before the preparation of the teeth and the temporaries after.

Second visit to prepare the teeth. Veneers is less invasive method than the crowns. The dentist must remove only 0,3 to 0,6mm amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the outer surface of the tooth. A local anaesthetic may be used to make sure there is no discomfort. A scan is taken and send to the lab. Forget the old silicon impressions they caused vomiting and nausea. One to two weeks later the lab will sent the venners. Temporary dental veneers are used in the meantime.

Third Visit. In this appointment the dentist will make a try-in of the venners. This is necessary to evaluate the fit,shape ,size, colour and make any changes if needed.

Final appointment to bond the veneers.
On this appointment your dentist will prepare the teeth to receive the veneer. Your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched. Etching roughens the tooth to allow a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and it is then placed on your tooth. The veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Once the veneer is properly positioned, your dentist will shine a special light beam on it to activate the cement, causing it to harden very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, checking the occlusion and making any needed adjustments. You may have to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check your gums and the veneer's placement.

Dental Veneer Benefits
  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gums tolerates porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • A color can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.
  • They generally don't require as much shaping as crowns do, yet they are stronger and look better.
Dental Veneer Risks
  • The process cannot be undone.
  • Veneers cost more than composite resin bonding.
  • Porcelain Veneers usually cannot be repaired if they chip or crack.
  • Because enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks.
  • Veneers may not exactly match the color of your other teeth. Also, the veneer's color cannot be altered once it’s in place. If you plan on whitening your teeth, you need to do so before getting veneers.
  • Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite your nails, chew on pencils, ice or other hard objects, or otherwise put too much pressure on your teeth.
  • Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, possibly necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.
  • Veneers are not a good choice for people with unhealthy teeth (for example, those with decay or active gum disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), or for those who don't have enough existing enamel on the tooth surface.
  • People who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as this can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
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Dental Veneer Lifespan
Veneers generally last between 7 and 10 years. After this time, the veneers may need to be replaced.
Dental Veneer Aftercare
Porcelain veneers do not require any special care and must be treated as your own teeth with good oral daily hygiene habits . Brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash . Although they are very strong, veneers are also brittle. You should avoid excessive stress as you would with your original teeth. Don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice or open bottles!
If you have the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth your dentist may recommend a night-time bite guard so you don’t damage your veneers.

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).
Dental Veneer Alternatives
Alternatives to veneers include bondings and crowns. Veneers are a nice in-between option. Veneers may be your best choice if you want to change the shape of your teeth more than just a little bit, as is done with bonding, but not enough to require a crown.
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