Veneers, also known as ‘facetes’, are thin tiles to conceal minor imperfections in the front teeth, the ones most noticeable in a smile. Veneers are often used to beautify smile in the cosmetic dentistry field. Therefore, we often associate them with the concept of a perfect “hollywood smile”.
Advantages of ceramic veneers compared to composites
Ceramic veneers are made of durable ceramic materials. We, at Videntis, give 7-year warranty on all prosthetic works, including ceramic veneers. With regular dental hygiene, ceramic veneers can last up to 15 years.
Composite veneers last for 3 to 5 years.
The reason why composite ceramic veneers are used at all is a large difference in prices. Composite veneers far more favorable and usually cost as much as a cosmetic filling.
Material for making ceramic veneers
Ceramic veneers mean precise and high-quality dental work. Made through complex procedures and from valuable materials, they are designed to last and always look perfect. Therefore they are justifiably more expensive.
At Videntis Dental Center, we use only the veneers made of best dental ceramics.
Types of veneers
There are ceramic and composite veneers. Apart from the material and esthetics, they differ in the way of placement and durability. At Videntis Dental Center, we exclusively install ceramic veneers due to their long-term quality and many advantages over composites.
Veneers may be the ideal solution:
- to close the gap between the front teeth
- to close the gap between the front teeth
- if the enamel of the front teeth is worn out
- if the front teeth are damaged by cavity
- in the case of pigmentation which cannot be removed by whitening
- for minor orthodontic defects, e.g rotated or oblique, etc
- if we want to extend the teeth or give them more volume.
How are ceramic veneers placed?
The laying of ceramic dental veneers requires preparation of the surface. Among other things, this includes removing part of the surface of each tooth to be covered with a veneer.
It’s an invasive procedure. However, it is far less invasive than grinding the tooth for dental crown base, which is often an alternative to veneers. It is therefore important that the procedure is performed well and aligned with the patient regarding the desired result. This ensures the durability of dental veneers and long-term patient satisfaction.
1. Arrangement and preparation for veneers
The first thing we do when you come is listen to what final result you want to achieve and examine your teeth condition. If the veneers are the right solution for what you want to achieve, we will agree on the desired shade and shape of the smile you want and start with preparations.
If the existing condition of the tooth allows, at your first visit we will grind 0.3 to 0.7 mm of the tooth enamel on which we will put the veneers. With local anesthesia, the procedure is painless.
Then we will take an impression which the dental technician will use to make the veneers. It will take about a week to make the veneers. Meanwhile, we need to protect the grinded teeth. So we’ll put on a temporary composite veneers with which you can eat, but only soft and liquid food.
Special preparation for ceramic veneers
- Teeth and dental flesh health
Depending on the condition of dental flesh, teeth health and your expectations, preparation may include anti-inflammation therapy, caries repair and whitening of the surrounding teeth. It should be noted that ceramic veneers cannot be placed over the filling. Tooth repair should be done so as not to prevent veneer placement.
If you suffer from bruxism, i.e. teeth grinding and jaw clenching that mostly occurs during sleep, you will have to carry a night splint over the veneers. The splint will prevent the veneers from being broken or to displaced from the teeth. i.
- Gingival surgical correction
Sometimes, for the desired result, it will be necessary to perform a correction of dental flesh, gingivactomy. For example, dental flesh can cover part of the tooth that we want to esthetically form with a veneer. In such case or in a similar case, we will remove some gingiva. These are common procedures in esthetic dentistry, and are carried out by agreement with patients and in line with their expectations.
2. Permanent cementing the veneers
Once the ceramic veneers have been completed, it is time for your second visit and permanent cementing of the veneers. In this case we use a special bonding material to ensure that the veneers are stable. Before cementing, we will make a test with the finished veneers and confirm if the desired final result is okay.
Maintenance of ceramic veneers
In the first few days after the permanent setting of the veneers, it is necessary to chew more carefully. Avoid hard and tough food. Short-term sensitivity to warm and cold is also possible, since teeth have been severely grinded. Pay attention to regular dental hygiene: for the first few days, use only a soft toothbrush and dental floss.
In the long term, your ceramic veneers require high-quality and regular oral hygiene. Besides that, they require a more careful and thoughtful chewing. As a precaution, be careful not to grind hard foods (e.g. ice), nails, objects (e.g. pens), and not to chew off hard and tough foods, slice them first with a knife, etc.
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