What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel." They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth's original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.
Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.
Some people may only get one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but many get between six to eight veneers in order to create an even, symmetrical smile. The top front eight teeth are the most commonly applied veneers.
Types Of Veneers
Porcelain veneers are composed of a durable, high-quality ceramic that can be matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth for a seamless, natural look. This common cosmetic dentistry procedure uses veneers that can be individually customized for your teeth, achieving the best possible fit as well as a beautiful appearance.
The hand-layered porcelain has a dynamic quality that catches light just like the enamel of a natural tooth. Porcelain veneers are often considered a minimal-prep procedure, preserving the majority of your existing tooth structure while achieving long-lasting smile rejuvenation.
Procedure to place porcelain veneers:
- To prepare the teeth, the dentist usually removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. This makes room for the veneers so that your teeth look natural.
- The dentist makes an impression, or mold, of the prepared teeth. The dentist also decides on the veneer shade that will be best for your smile.
- The impression is sent to a dental lab that custom-makes the porcelain veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days. The dentist may give you temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
- At the next visit, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
Also known as Lithium Disilicate, Emax Veneers has distinctive features that make it highly effective at restorative dentistry. It is used to make full crowns for restoring broken or damaged teeth. They are translucent in appearance - a quality which gives them the ability to provide a more natural appearance to your teeth, as more light passes through and makes them more aesthetic. They will give you a quick boost of confidence, as no one can really tell you’re wearing dental veneers.
One of the biggest advantages of Emax Veneers as there is much less damage to the supporting teeth and cementation with natural surface enamel is considerably stronger than with exposed inner dentine if the enamel tooth surface is ground off. Emax Veneers superior strength also makes it possible to produce them as ultra-thin layers but with much higher edge-strength than ‘feldspathic’ veneers and little possibility of chipping.
A specific brand of porcelain veneers called Lumineers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile with a treatment that enhances your comfort and minimizes the time of the procedure. Depending on your unique needs, the Lumineers procedure is an extremely conservative restoration treatment that requires no tooth preparation at all. Even thinner than traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are composed of cerinate ceramic – an ultra-thin material that can typically be placed without the use of drilling or injections. With the same benefits as traditional porcelain veneers and more, Lumineers can give you an enhanced experience along with high-quality, durable, beautiful results.
Composite Resin Veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of composite resin veneers:
- Usually less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers
- Take just one visit to the dentist
- Cost less than other types of veneers
- are easy to fix if they get damaged (although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly)
Procedure to place composite resin veneers:
- After the teeth are prepared or reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material using a color that is best for you.
- A special light is used to harden the composite and bond it to your teeth.
- The veneers are smoothed and polished to look like natural teeth.
Zirconia porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have teeth that are more severely damaged or decayed. These restorations are stronger than traditional porcelain veneers, and offer a compromised tooth some structural reinforcement. Zirconia veneers's added strength of the material can prevent premature wear. In addition, due to the material’s extreme durability, Zirconia can be used to create dental crowns and dental implant restorations.
Zirconia veneers have an opaque property, meaning that they preventing light from travelling through, and therefore aren't transparent or translucent. This makes them the perfect choice if you have dark or heavy colored teeth naturally