You can think of a dental veneer as a thin shell, made out of porcelain, that is placed on top of your tooth to improve the appearance of your natural tooth. While in dentistry there are multiple types of dental veneers available, at City Dental Clinic we mostly work with porcelain veneers. Due to its make-up porcelain is a great material to use, as it provides similar levels of strength and resilience to that of natural tooth enamel.
There are various scenarios in which dental veneers may be used as an appropriate solution to treat a person’s smile. The two most common ones being dental accidents and a poor oral hygiene. Besides these two obvious reasons, there are also other occasions when a patient may choose to get dental veneers. As not everybody is gifted with perfectly shaped, symmetric and white teeth, veneers can also be used for aesthetic reasons, enabling a person to get the so-called Hollywood smile of their dreams.
- Discolored teeth
- Enamel is needed
- Aesthetic flaws such as minor chipping or broken off pieces
- Small gaps between teeth
- Irregular tooth surfaces
- Veneers offer a great way to achieve a natural tooth appearance
- Porcelain, the material which is used for dental veneers, is generally well tolerated by gum tissue
- Porcelain veneers are typically stain-resistant
- The color can be selected in order to meet the patient’s exact expectations.
- As less enamel is removed in this type of procedure, dental veneer preparations
are far less invasive when compared to the preparation of a tooth for a dental crown.
- You struggle with teeth gnashing
- You frequently chew your finger nails
- You are active in martial arts, winter sports or ball sports where there is a danger of dental injuries
- A tooth for which you intend to get a dental veneer has
previously already been treated with large fillings
- Your teeth have decays
- You have an active gum disease
At City Dental Clinic, each dental veneer treatment starts with a detailed consultation. Throughout the consultation, the dentist has a chance to answer all of your questions, as well as inform you about the advantages and disadvantages of dental veneers. If after receiving all information, you make the decision to take up a dental veneer treatment, you will be made a custom offer so that you know exactly how much your new dental veneer or veneers will cost.
If you have accepted the custom offer and are ready to get the smile of your dreams, you will first undergo a dental hygiene in order to prepare your teeth for a dental veneer treatment. After you have completed the dental hygiene, the dentist will be able to identify the exact shade of your current teeth, which is needed to determine the color of the veneer.
In the next step your tooth or teeth will be prepared for the actual dental veneers. Throughout the preparation parts of your tooth’s enamel will be shaved off, usually 0,3mm – 1mm. The main reason behind this is to prevent the veneers to look unnaturally thick or bulky as well as to create a rough surface that will provide a grippy area on which the dental veneers can be glued on.
After having successfully completed the preparation of your tooth or multiple teeth, the dentist will take an impression of your prepared teeth. This impression will serve our dental technician to create a beautiful custom-made dental veneer that fits you perfectly in terms of shape, size and color.
After the technician produces the custom made veneer or multiple veneers it will be time to try them on. If the new dental veneers pass all tests and fit well in terms of size, shape and color they can be permanently fitted to your teeth.
With the help of a special adhesive the porcelain veneers will be bonded with your teeth. This process usually lasts about 20 minutes per tooth. As soon as this process is completed you will be able to immediately enjoy your new perfectly formed radiant smile.
In order to ensure that your veneers are placed properly and functioning well, we will schedule a follow up appointment a few weeks after the initial placement. While dental veneers will have to be replaced at some point in the future, you can make them last longer if you treat them well. There are a few steps that you should keep in mind to ensure a maximum lifetime of your newly dental veneers. Brush your teeth twice-daily, floss as you normally would and visit us at least once a year for a regular dental hygiene.
While they are designed to cope well with everyday stresses, you should avoid to put excessive pressure on your teeth, which can occur when you bite on fruit kernels, ice or other hard substances.