Healthy teeth are not always a source of satisfaction, because nature equips us with various imperfections, such as uneven ones or too large gaps between them. We often contribute to our unattractive appearance, which prevents us from smiling broadly, by drinking large amounts of coffee, tea and colored drinks. Visible discoloration is impossible to remove, even if the rules of hygiene are perfectly followed. If one of these problems is also yours, we offer you the perfect solution with veneers.
What are veneers and what are their advantages?
Veneers are small, thin flakes made of durable dental materials. Made in any shape, they recreate the dream, perfect form of a tooth, and after sticking it on its surface, they mask fillings, discolorations and other imperfections. Thanks to the possibility of creating any size and shape of veneers, they allow you to change the appearance of a single tooth and adjust it to the shape, size and color of all the others. The effect of such a correction is to obtain the effect of perfectly even and uniformly colored teeth.
- perfect masking of all imperfections, including discoloration, unevenness and fillings contrasting with the tooth surface,
- changing the shape, proportion and size of the teeth and adapting them to the entire jaw configuration,
- elimination of unsightly spaces between the teeth,
- improving the aesthetics of a smile,
- giving it the perfect, dream look.
Sticking veneers requires only a little interference into the tooth tissue, and the effect is achieved in a very short time.
Composite or porcelain veneers?
Veneers are made of two types of dental materials, which differ in price and durability. Cheaper composite veneers are a guarantee of a beautiful appearance of the teeth and a significant improvement in the aesthetics of a smile, but also a slightly lower durability of such a procedure. The advantage of this solution is the possibility of quick repair of any damage, while the disadvantages include: susceptibility to chipping, abrasion and discoloration. If you want a quick change of appearance, and you do not have an excess of funds at the moment, composite veneers will allow you to make your dreams come true.
An alternative to the composite are extremely durable and long-lasting porcelain veneers. Although their cost is higher than the cost of veneers made of composite – once made, they will stay with you for many years, guaranteeing you a beautiful smile in every situation and circumstances. Their undoubted advantage is very high resistance to external factors, therefore they are occasionally damaged mechanically and are not prone to discoloration. They are also biocompatible with the tissues in the oral cavity, and in physical characteristics and appearance, they largely resemble natural dentition.
When and to what extent are veneers recommended?
Smile correction with veneers is used only for the front teeth, in the segment limited by three or four. In further regions, crowns or other intermediate forms are used, which require more tissue interference and often a significant grinding of the tooth. Veneers are applied only to its front wall, without disturbing the chewing surface. The procedure of sticking them requires only grinding a thin layer of enamel, with a thickness corresponding to the overlay. In some situations, the interference is also completely unnecessary. This situation occurs when the procedure is to thicken a tooth that is too delicate or to widen it.
In addition to the many advantages of veneers, one of the most important is the very similarity to the natural bone structure, thanks to which the overlays are not visible and perfectly integrate with the rest of the dentition. It is possible to perfectly match the color of the teeth to the natural color of the teeth, as well as to match their texture. Thanks to a specially developed joining technique, the transitions between the veneer and the natural tooth are also invisible. Porcelain veneers can achieve particularly good results in this respect. Excellent marginal consistency not only affects the aesthetics, but also eliminates the risk of developing carious bacteria in the gaps. Additional health protection is also ensured by the use of special cements with antibacterial or bacteriostatic additives for gluing veneers.
Who Should Avoid Veneers?
As with most dental procedures that require intervention in the tooth structure, not everyone can use this option of correcting a smile in the case of veneers. Contraindications for the implementation of veneers are:
- a very thin layer of enamel,
- tooth treated endodontically,
- gums issues and periodontitis,
- bruxism, i.e. involuntary teeth grinding,
- occlusal and occlusal para-functions, which result in bad habits, such as teeth grinding, strong biting, nail biting, etc.
How is the veneers placed in our clinic?
Composite or porcelain veneers are also professionally made in our dental office, which accepts patients in the Ochota – Warsaw districts. The entire process of sticking veneers requires 2 to 4 visits to our dentist. The time of the procedure and its price are determined by factors such as the number of veneers applied, their type, method of implementation and the use of ready-made or custom-made products.
It is necessary to conduct the examination, determine your expectations as to the final effect and determine any contraindications. If the teeth require treatment or whitening, the implementation time will be extended by the visits necessary for additional treatments. If the teeth are healthy during the first meeting, the dentist takes impressions and simulates the new appearance, taking into account the color and shape of the veneers. After your approval of the project, the so-called mockup of a new smile.
It is a “fitting” of new teeth. It consists in applying a mock-up without sanding. By wearing them for a few days, you can determine their comfort and level of satisfaction with the new look. If any comments are raised, the doctor makes corrections at the next visit.
It takes place after you accept the mock-up. During this meeting, the dentist under local anesthesia will gently grind your natural teeth or make enamel matting, and then take impressions of the polished teeth. They will be the basis for making the right veneers. Until they are glued, the doctor places temporary veneers on the teeth.
It comes after about 10-15 days. Temporary veneers will be removed in the office. The doctor will select the color of the cement and apply the appropriate overlays. The cement is fixed with a special lamp. The final stage of the procedure is the removal of excess cement and polishing the tooth surface and joints.
Recommendations after surgery
Veneers are fixed for many years, however, several hours after the procedure they are still sensitive to external factors. During this time, it is advisable to avoid coloring drinks, such as coffee, tea or fruit juices, and eating hard foods.
Caring for veneers is no different from caring for permanent teeth. It is advisable to wash with fluoride toothpaste 2 times a day, using a soft brush, as well as rinse with antibacterial fluids and use dental floss. The effect will also be improved by periodic removal of tartar and systematic dental checkups in the office.