What are dental veneers?
The dental veneers, or dental contact lens as they are also known, consist of a thin coating of aesthetic material, typically of high strength, designed and customized for each person, which adheres and covers the entire front surface of visible teeth when smiling.
By placing dental veneers it is possible to completely change our smile and quite quickly. We were able to quickly change the color, shape, orientation, size and length of the teeth.
There are many alternatives of materials that can be used in the manufacture of veneers (tooth covers), but generally they fall into one of three groups: Ceramic / Porcelain Veneers, Composite Resin Veneers and Ceramic Fragments.
Types of Dental Veneers
Porcelain / ceramics is the material of choice whenever we talk about improving dental appearance, thanks to its excellent optical properties and excellent color stability over time. Porcelain / ceramic veneers are therefore first-rate solutions when there is a big problem or a great aesthetic requirement.
This type of restoration is only done indirectly, ie the part is made in the laboratory, from a print or mold previously taken to the tooth. Only in another consultation is the veneer adhered to the prepared tooth. In this time interval a provisional veneer is used.
Compared to the others, they have longer longevity, maintenance of the original color and look closer to that of natural teeth. However they tend to be more expensive.
Composite resin veneers represent a good, and more economical, alternative to porcelain (ceramic) veneers.
These, in turn, can be done indirectly but also as direct restorations without requiring laboratory assistance.
Although they cannot mimic natural dentition as well as ceramics, composite resin veneers have good results, provided they are periodically maintained. Moreover, because it is a more porous material, the composite tends to grasp more pigment and can also fracture more easily.
Partial facets, also called ceramic fragments, consist of ultra-thin parts and only under very specific conditions may have any indication.
They have come up with the advancement and development of minimally invasive procedures and this is their biggest advantage. However, this type of indirect restorations is very sensitive due to their small thickness, which increases the risk of ceramic fracture.
Top Reasons to Put Dental Veneers :
- darkened teeth / black teeth;
- worn teeth;
- crooked or misaligned teeth;
- chipped or broken teeth;
- tooth spacing (close diastema).
Placing dental veneers is a procedure often performed at the end of orthodontic treatments (dental braces) to improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile.
This type of treatment also precedes oral hygiene treatments, such as caries and tartar treatment.
Advantages of placing Dental Veneers :
The most obvious advantages of making dental veneers or dental contact lenses are:
- correction of unsightly staining or unfavorable tooth shapes;
- state-of-the-art dental materials perfectly mimic natural teeth - they are stain resistant and never change color;
- the color is chosen in line with the remaining dentition, giving preference to a whiter shade than the previous normal dentition;
- is a very conservative treatment because of the very low thickness of the veneers.
Placing dental veneers will change your smile to increase your confidence and self esteem . As a result, it will greatly improve your quality of life at professional, social, family and very personal level.
See some of our dental clinical cases of dental veneers before and after , below.
Dental Veneers Results: Before and After
This technique of applying dental veneers allows to "hide" or correct minor dental defects (cosmetic dentistry).
It is used to correct minor color changes (yellow teeth, stains, discolouration or darkening of enamel) and changes in tooth shape as long as they are not too pronounced.
They can also be indicated for closure of diastema, as we can see in the picture.
How to put dental veneers? Know the treatment:
To perform this type of treatment and to place the dental veneers usually only need 3 consultations:
- The initial dental consultation / diagnosis consultation;
- a second appointment to prepare the teeth and make their molds;
- the third and last consultation to implement the final work.
The evaluation / diagnosis consultation is fundamental in order, together with the dentist, to express the patient's aesthetic desire. In this consultation the dentist examines the case in detail and plans how to proceed to achieve the final goal.
The dentist's “clinical eye” and especially his professional experience in this type of treatment is crucial to tailor the end result to the person in front of him. Among countless examples, it is not expected that in a 60-year-old will be placed dental veneers that are too white and with transparencies that can only be seen in 30-year-olds.
Next, and only in terms of aesthetics, we invariably have to mention gum aesthetics. It makes no sense to improve the color, shape, orientation, length and size of teeth when we have a lower gum in one tooth and higher in the other.
In these situations, the priority is to make the gum smile design, which can be done using different techniques, depending on the individual. Only when the gum is healed, we proceed to the preparation of treatment with dental veneers.
How Long Does It Take To Put Dental Veneers On Teeth
Between the first consultation to plan dental veneers and the final consultation, it may take two to three weeks for the lab to finish “creating” and “beautify”, with the utmost care in detail, each veneer.
At the last dental appointment, a test is taken with the patient. If both are satisfied with the result, the veneers are “cemented” permanently to the teeth. At the end of this consultation it is guaranteed that the occlusion (dental fitting) is completely harmonious.
Duration of Dental Veneers
The duration of dental veneers is something that is still difficult to determine today. Although there are many success cases with more than 20 years of use, each case is a case and the length of veneer from person to person can vary widely. Good oral hygiene habits, the prepared tooth substrate and even the veneer placement procedure itself are some of the factors that can influence the veneer integrity time.
Dental Veneers Cleaning and Pigmentation
Despite having a coating, teeth with dental veneers remain structures that require good daily hygiene and periodic control in the clinic, as dental caries and gum problems remain a possibility in these teeth. In addition, resin veneers may still require occasional polishing to remove pigments they may acquire.
Dental Veneers: Price
The cost for this type of treatment has a relatively wide range of values, varying the price of dental veneers according to: number of parts, veneer material and technique performed .
The cost of placing veneers is not only related to the price for each veneer, but also to all the oral cleaning required to perform the treatment on each individual, as well as the material chosen by the patient.
It is easy to understand the direct relationship between the number of parts and the cost of treatment. However, what usually catches us off guard is that sometimes to fix a problem of a tooth it is not possible to just put one veneer. In some cases it may be necessary to place various veneers on the surrounding teeth and, especially when using ceramics, the value of the treatment may increase significantly in view of the initially expected.
Material is the most cost-effective parameter , as ceramics tend to be much more expensive than composite resin because of their higher strength and excellent aesthetic integration. And still within the ceramics group, depending on the specific type there may be some fluctuation. For example, feldspar ceramic veneers, because they are extremely aesthetic and require very sensitive work by the technician who produces them, are usually the least affordable.
Cheapest Dental Veneers
Composite resin veneers tend to be the most economical, but are less natural and less durable.
Regarding the technique, direct or indirect, only composite veneers have this distinction, since only composite resin can be manipulated to make a veneer directly on the patient's tooth. This route, as it does not include labor and laboratory costs, is also more affordable for the patient.
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How to get to MINT Dental Clinic?
Our Clinic is located in central Lisbon, between Saldanha and El Corte Inglés.
To get to the clinic you can choose:
- Metro Saldanha (red or yellow line)
- Metro São Sebastião (linha azul)
- Carris: 713, 716, 726, 742
- Aerobus Line 1 (Saldanha)