Dental veneers (also 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 enhance your appearance. These shells are glued to the front of the teeth in order to change their color, size, shape, or length.
Dental veneers are usually made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers generally resist stains better than resin veneers and better resemble the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
As a veneer is a sheet that is placed on the outside of the tooth, it can only be used in some cases where cosmetic conditions are not very complicated. Veneer teeth are mostly used in the existence of:
Different size of teeth
Gummy smile (gums being too exposed)
While it is possible to put on only front teeth veneers, patients can have a full set of veneers, as well.
Types of Veneers
Composite Veneers: Teeth veneers made of composite are made of a material with a base of acrylic resin mixed with ceramic, which gives it a fairly high resistance. These veneers are placed directly on the tooth, where the professional moulds the shape and gives the desired size, and then hardens it using ultraviolet light. The main advantages of composite veneers in Turkey is that they do not require much prior preparation, but only a filing of the tooth enamel. It is also a faster process, since veneers should not be made in an external laboratory, they are cheaper than how much porcelain veneers cost. Among the drawbacks is a shorter estimated duration, between 5 and 10 years, and the possibility that with time and the use of food and beverages the colour of the veneer material will change. In addition, although they are very resistant, you should periodically go to the dentist for maintenance, since it is easier for a composite veneer to fracture.
Porcelain Veneers : The porcelain is a glass – ceramic which is reinforced with materials such as leucite, which gives the highest level of resistance, similar to the enamel of the tooth itself. Porcelain Veneers are made outside the dental clinic, and therefore treatment with this material is somewhat slower. As for the veneer teeth process; first, the measurements of the patient’s teeth must be taken and this information must be transferred to the laboratory, which will be in charge of designing, in a completely personalized way, all the necessary veneer teeth. On the next visit, the professional will place them using a powerful adhesive.
Although porcelain veneers cost is higher than that of composite veneers; this type of veneers are more durable, since with good care they can be part of your smile between 10 and 15 years; in addition, they have a more natural appearance and their colour does not usually suffer variations. This type of treatment does not need revisions from time to time, as it does with composite veneers.
Before the procedure, try to eat something that will keep you full for a long time.
Brush your teeth at least three times a day, preferably after each meal, thus avoiding bacterial plaque and gingivitis. In addition, dental floss should be used to completely eliminate any remaining food that may cause discoloration of the veneer and its detachment.
It is advisable to make at least one visit a year to the dentist, and in it carry out a professional oral cleaning.
Eating some foods or drinks can discolour or damage your veneers, such as coffee, wine or tea, as well as foods with sauces such as barbecue, mustard or ketchup, or especially hard, such as nuts in shell. We must not forget tobacco, a great enemy of a healthy and clean mouth.
Avoid using your teeth to open or hold any object.
If you do sports, especially contact sports, or where there is the possibility of receiving a hard blow to the mouth, it is advisable to use a mouth guard that covers the teeth, to avoid possible breakage of the veneer teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Anyone having discoloured, dull and improperly shaped teeth or bite problems can be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
+ Why do I choose to get porcelain veneers?
Not everyone is born with a fully great mouth but everyone deserves a great smile. If you have strained, damaged, crooked teeth and open bite problems in your mouth, porcelain veneers are the best solutions for you.
+ What is a porcelain veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a thin material made up of ceramic layers to be placed on the surface on a tooth to fix colour or shape related problems of a tooth.
+ What are the advantages of dental veneers ?
Veneers are popularly used by dentists to give their patients a beautiful look of their teeth and smiles. It is a cosmetic solution in dentistry that has proven to be an excellent option for many people, especially those who do not feel comfortable with their cracked, chipped or stained teeth. Veneers are beneficial for a good number of reasons and these include;
It hides imperfections?
Abnormal space between teeth chipped and stained teeth can be embarrassing to some people while veneers can be used to correct the imperfections. This procedure will also improve your smile and your self-confidence in the long run.
+ It creates natural look?
Dental veneers are customized to combine perfectly with your other teeth, as well as to bring the best out of your smile and to create a great natural appearance. They are well-produced to fit your personality and to represent what you really like, including the size, shape, and color of the teeth.
+ It protects vulnerable teeth
Dental veneers are made of ceramic materials or porcelain that will last longer and not only cover imperfections in your teeth but can also protect teeth that are vulnerable to infection due to chips and cracks in them.
It can easily be maintained
You can take care of your veneers and make it to last longer through regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. The procedure is made to allow you to manage and maintain it with simple steps and this can also be done at home.
+ Is there any age limit for getting porcelain veneers?
Average age recommended for veneers is 18 years old for men and 16 years old for women.
+ Is porcelain veneer procedure painful?
You don’t feel any pain in porcelain veneer procedure, because just like filling, your dentist numb the area with a local anaesthesia.
+ How long does procedure take?
The procedure consists of two appointments, one is for preparing the porcelain veneers for your teeth and the other one is to place them in your teeth.
+ Will I be with a shaved tooth during the waiting period?
Your dentist places temporary veneer in your tooth in your first appointment after your tooth size is measured. You will be waiting for about a week to get your permanent porcelain veneer.
+ How long does healing period take?
There is not an exact healing period of. This procedure is a lot similar to filling procedure. So you can go on your daily life after the procedure. It could only take some time to adjust your newly designed mouth when you look in the mirror since now you have the smile of your dreams.
+ How long does a porcelain veneer last?
Most dentists estimate that veneers last between 10 and 30 years. Of course, dental care is a significant factor regarding the lifespan.
+ What should I do for porcelain veneer aftercare?
There is not a lot for you to do for porcelain veneer aftercare. The most important recommendation is you should be careful about your diet for a little adjustment time. You shouldn’t let your teeth expose to hard stuff and you should prefer softer food right after the porcelain veneer procedure.