Dental Veneers Lisbon, Clínica MINT

Applying dental veneers allows you to correct minor dental defects, correct problems with tooth color change and make changes to its shape.

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    What are dental veneers?

    The dental veneers, laminates or dental contact lens as they are also known, are thin coating layers of an aesthetic material, usually with high strength, designed and customized for each person, which are bonded and cover the entire front surface of visible teeth when we smile.

    By placing dental veneers it is possible to completely change our smile and quite easily. We were able to quickly change the color, shape, orientation and length of the teeth.

    There are many different materials that can be used in the manufacture of veneers (tooth covers), but generally they fall into one of these three groups: Ceramic / Porcelain Veneers, Composite Resin Veneers and Ceramic Fragments.

    Types of Dental Veneers

    Porcelain / Ceramic Veneers

    Porcelain / ceramics are the ideal materials whenever we talk about improving dental appearance, thanks to theirs excellent optical properties and color stability over time. Porcelain / ceramic veneers are therefore the first choice when there's a big problem or a great aesthetic demand.

    This type of restoration is only done by indirect method, which means that the ceramic pieces are made in a dental laboratory, after a definitive impression of the teeth is done in the clinic. Only in a second appointment the veneers are bonded to the prepared teeth. In between, provisional veneers are used.

    Compared to others, this group of laminates has longer longevity, maintains the original color over time and has a much more harmonious appearance, very similar to natural teeth. However, they tend to be more expensive.

    Composite Resin Veneers

    Composite resin veneers represent a good, and more economical, alternative to porcelain (ceramic) veneers.

    These type of veneers can be done indirectly, as the group described above, but also as direct restorations without requiring laboratory assistance.

    Although they can't mimic natural dentition as good as ceramics, composite resin veneers have quite good results, if periodic maintenance is performed. Due to its structure and composition, composite resin can get stained/pigmented over time and get chipped more easily.

    Partial Veneers or Ceramic Fragments

    Partial veneers, also called ceramic fragments, are ultra-thin pieces, with clinical indication only under very specific conditions.

    They appeared on the dentistry world due to the advance and development of minimally invasive procedures and this is their biggest advantage. However, this type of indirect restorations is very sensitive because of their small thickness, which increases the risk of ceramic fracture and detaching.

    Top Reasons to Put Dental Veneers :

    • darkened teeth;
    • crooked teeth;
    • misaligned teeth;
    • chipped or broken teeth;
    • space or gap between teeth (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.

    Before starting this type of aesthetic dentistry hygiene and health procedures should be done, such as scaling and root planning and treatment of dental cavities.

    Advantages of placing Dental Veneers :

    The most obvious advantages of getting dental veneers or dental laminates are:

    • correction/improvement of stained teeth or unfavorable dental shapes;
    • the newest dental materials perfectly mimic the appearance of natural teeth - in addition they are stain resistant and never change color;
    • the veneer color is chosen having in consideration the remaining dentition, giving, when possible, preference to a whiter value;
    • is a very conservative treatment thanks to the very small thickness new veneer materials provide.
    Placing dental veneers will change your smile, increasing your confidence and self esteem . As a result, it will greatly improve your quality of life at a professional, social, family and personal level.

    See some of our clinical cases of dental veneers - before and after - in below.

    How to put dental veneers? Know the treatment:

    To perform this type of treatment and get dental veneers only 3 appointments are usually needed:

    1. The initial evaluation appointment for diagnosis and treatment plan elaboration;
    2. a second consultation to prepare the teeth and make dental impressions;
    3. the third and last appointment to place the final work.

    The first consultation is fundamental for the dentist to know the patient's aesthetic expectations. Here, the clinician 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 work are crucial to tailor the final result to each individual person. For example, in a 60-year-old patient should not be done dental veneers that are too white and with incisal transparencies, that can only be seen in 30-year-olds.

    Still talking only in terms of aesthetics, we must undoubtedly mention gum architecture. It makes no sense to improve teeth color, shape, orientation and length when we have a gum with a lower margin in one tooth and higher in the other.

    In these situations, the priority is to make a "gum smile design", which can be done using different techniques, depending on the particular case. After healing of the gum, we proceed to the preparation of teeth for dental veneers.

    How Long Does It Take To Put Dental Veneers On Teeth

    Between the first appointment, of diagnosis and treatment planning, and the final one, of definitive bonding of veneers, it may take two to three weeks for the lab to “create” and “beautify”, with the utmost care in detail, each veneer.

    At the last dental appointment, a trial is performed, ie the veneers are placed in the patient's teeth in a process called "veneer try-in". If both patient and dentist are satisfied with the result, the veneers are then cemented (bonded) in a permanent way to the teeth. After that, it is guaranteed that the occlusion (dental fitting) is completely harmonious and even.

    Duration of Dental Veneers

    The duration of dental veneers is something that is still difficult to determine these days. Although there are many success cases with more than 20 years of use, each case is unique and the survival of a veneer from person to person can oscillate 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 coated, teeth to which veneers are bonded still have a remaining structure that require a daily oral hygiene and periodic control in the clinic, as caries and gum problems are still a possibility in these teeth. In addition, composite resin veneers may also 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 that price according to: number of pieces/number of teeth to be covered, 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 person, as well as the material chosen by the patient.

    It is easy to understand the direct relation between the number of veneers and the cost of the treatment. However, what usually catches us off guard is that sometimes a problem of one tooth it's not possible to solve just with one laminate. In some cases, it may be necessary to place veneers on surrounding teeth and, especially when using ceramics, the value of a treatment may significantly increase the initially expected.

    The chosen material is also a parameter that enhances the price ranges, as ceramics tend to be much more expensive than composite resin because of their higher strength and excellent aesthetic integration. Also, within the porcelain group, depending on the specific type of ceramics, there may be some variation. For example, feldspathic veneers, because they are extremely aesthetic and require very sensitive work by the lab technician who produces them, are usually the least affordable.

    Cheapest Dental Veneers

    Composite resin veneers tend to be the most economical, but have a less natural appearance and are 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 method, as it does not include laboratory costs, is also more affordable for the patient.

    FAQ: Dental Veneers Frequently Asked Questions

    Is placing dental veneers an invasive procedure? Does it cause pain?
    The treatment for placing dental veneers is minimally invasive and it does not cause pain. It causes minimal damage to the teeth surface due to the needed preparation on the teeth to be coated with the veneer. This surface preparation is done to compensate the thickness of the piece in ceramic or resin (tooth cover) and for the maintenance of the normal and harmonious volume of the tooth.
    Are veneers the solution for those who want white teeth?
    It depends. There are less invasive procedures, such as tooth whitening, that allow teeth to be whiter, within the range allowed by themselves, in the range of natural white. However, if the expectation is very high and the desired color is significantly different from what you have, then veneers can be considered as an option. And in that case, it will have to be placed on all the visible teeth when smiling.
    Do dental veneers get stains?
    It depends on the material they are made of. Composite resin veneers get a lot of stains, given the porosity of this material. It may be necessary to perform a periodic polishing, for example, in the control/oral hygiene appointments to remove this pigmentation that these restorations acquire. On the other hand, ceramic veneers have excellent color stability and do not require this type of maintenance.
    I have facets in my teeth but I don't like the color. Is it possible to replace?
    Yes. It is possible to replace dental veneers and to change certain parameters such as shape or color. It is a technically sensitive procedure since great care is needed to avoid more cutting of the teeth surface. However, and regarding color, it's necessary to have in mind the remaining teeth. In cases that only one or two teeth are getting veneers, these must respect the color of the other natural teeth.
    Once the dental veneers are placed, do I have to have them for the rest of my life?
    Yes. Since the placement of veneers requires the removal of part of the enamel from tooth surface, after it is done it is irreversible. Thus, the tooth surface must always have this ceramic or resin coating and in case of failure it must be replaced.
    Is there a risk that the dental veneer will come off and fall?
    Yes, in a small minority of cases there is a risk of the facets falling out of the teeth, especially when cementation, that is, the bonding of the pieces is not carried out in optimal conditions. As it is a very sensitive procedure, it has to be performed in the absence of saliva, blood and other oral fluids that could compromise this cementation step. If the bonding principles are respected, this risk is almost none.
    I have receding gums. Does this interfere with the placement of veneers?
    If there is an exposure of the root surfaces, periodontal surgery to reposition the gingival margin may be considered, depending on the clinical condition, prior to the aesthetic treatment. Ideally, the veneers should be placed only in enamel since it is on this surface that bonding works best.
    have bruxism. Does this interfere with the placement of dental veneers?
    Bruxism, which means the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, is in fact a threat to this type of aesthetic treatment given the forces exerted. Although ceramic is a material of great resistance, much larger than that of composite resin, even it, due to the accumulation of these forces, can reach its limit and fracture. Thus, bruxism can be a problem when placing dental veneers as it can decrease its longevity. However, if there is a control of these parafunctional movements, such as, for example, by means of a nightguard protection, this habit is not a contraindication for the placement of veneers.

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