Are you still avoiding smiling at photos or embarrassed on a date because of bad teeth? Modern dentistry offers a quick and effective solution to change the situation — which is called veneers. Let’s find out what it is in 9 facts.
No.1 Veneers is a way to a perfect smile
Veneers are thin overlays with a thickness of 0.2-0.5 mm designed to cover the external tooth surface. They are made from composite, ceramic, or zirconium oxide materials. They have high light transmittance, allowing the teeth to look natural. Theoretically, veneers can be installed on the entire dentition; however, most often, patients choose the “smile line” — 10 upper and 8 lower teeth. The procedure is painless and not takes much time.
No.2 Their primary purpose is aesthetics
Veneers are called to mask such defects as yellowed teeth, the inhomogeneous color of enamel after taking medications and exposure to chemicals, irregular single teeth, teeth of abnormal shape, cracks, chips, other enamel defects, voids between teeth as a result of gum recession, large gaps between teeth, diastemas, tremas.
No.3 Hollywood smile
The smile people dream of is called a Hollywood one for a reason. It refers to the cinema factory. In the 40s of the last century, American actors glued white plates to their teeth. Materials of those times allowed to keep an effect only a few hours. Nowadays, the technology of installing veneers has reached the highest level, crowding out the usual methods of tooth restoration.
No.4 Veneers are fit only for healthy teeth
That’s why you should cure dental caries or other disorders, treat periodontal tissues. Afterward, it’s necessary to carry out professional toothbrushing, remove tartar and plaque and prepare teeth for veneers installation.
No.5 Veneers do require some cutting off the teeth
As they need some place to be installed, tooth enamel is slightly scraped away. But the keyword here is “slightly” — it’s about 0.1-0.3 millimeters, which in fact is like a scratch on the tooth. At the same time, the cement on which the veneers are attached contains fluorine, which has a beneficial effect on the enamel under them.
No.6 Veneers installation
Dental technicians make an accurate model of teeth based on the cast model.
Ceramic veneers on the front teeth can be made in two ways. The first is the method of layer-by-layer application of porcelain. The second one is injection molding at high temperature under pressure. The technician chooses the one according to the patient’s preferences.
Zirconia veneers are made based on a three-dimensional computer model of a tooth.
The final stage is fixing this capson the patient’s teeth. For gluing, the doctor uses cement pastes of different shades, experimentally selecting the one that is as close as possible to the natural color of the teeth. When the optimal color is found, the veneer is fixed.
These are ultra-thin high-tech translucent veneers. They do not require teeth grinding and are fixed immediately on the enamel due to unique insoluble composition in saliva. At first glance, lumineers seem fragile, but in fact, they are resistant to mechanical stress (even if chewing something solid ), the effects of dyes and acids, which are found in some foods.
Beware of fakes! Original lumineers are made in the United States under patented technology and strictly individually for a patient.
No.8 Veneers/lumineers is a top procedure in dental tourism
Dental aesthetics is a quite expensive pleasure, and people tend to visit other countries to correct their smiles. Among popular countries are Mexico, Hungary, and Thailand. Where dental veneers cost start from $240, $380, and $340, correspondingly.
No.9 Both veneers and lumineers require special care
If you look after them correctly, they will serve you 15 years or longer. Dentists recommend to refrain from “coloring food” such as fresh berries, beets, red wine, strong tea, coffee for the first time after installation, protect your mouth during sports, quit smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes consumed per day, brush teeth correctly without products containing abrasive particles.
Note that veneers do not cancel regular visits to the dentist. Do a dental check-up at least once every six months to check the condition of the teeth under veneers.
Veneers are used to improve the smile and have a positive effect on the social, psychological, and emotional person’s life through boosted satisfaction and self-confidence. But remember…that the main thing is to smile more and worry less!