What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are an orthopedic design, which is a thin, lightweight plate that covers the outer surface of the teeth. They perfectly help to solve the problem of teeth darkening for various reasons, which cannot be corrected by bleaching, to correct the shape and size of the teeth or to remove the gap between the teeth. To avoid dental diseases like calculus bridge, take proper care of your teeth and get the dental Veneers done today in Turkey from Hayatmed dental Clinic.
What veneers are there?
It is customary to distinguish between three types of veneers, depending on the material and the way in which they are made:
- therapeutic veneers made of composite materials
- ceramic orthopedic veneers
- Zirconia veneers
The installation of therapeutic veneers is also known as dental restoration. Veneers made of a composite, similar to the one from which fillings are made, are formed in layers directly on the patient’s teeth, and then grinded and polished.
Ceramic veneers are created by dental technicians in the laboratory from the finest ceramics, their thickness does not exceed 0.5-1 mm. Despite the fact that they are more complicated to manufacture than composite ones, it will take only 2-3 visits to the clinic. And the reliability and aesthetics of ceramic veneers are unsurpassed.
Zirconia veneers are very durable. The zirconium framework is covered with ceramic paste. They serve for a long time, but they are inferior to ceramics in aesthetics. And for the smile zone, this is the most important indicator.
Ceramic veneers VS composite veneers.
In this comparison, ceramic veneers unconditionally win. No matter how high-quality the composite is, it does not cease to be plastic because of this, and plastic tends to exfoliate over time, fade and change color. Ceramic veneers are favorably distinguished by the fact that the material from which they are made does not lend itself to pigmentation and perfectly retains both color and shape, and also completely transmits color and conveys the natural shine of living teeth. In addition, ceramic veneers are made exclusively in the dental laboratory and ideally adhere to the tooth surface, thereby minimizing the risk of secondary caries between the onlay and the tooth.
Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to achieve such an accuracy of fit with composite veneers. And the veneer, expertly made in the laboratory, can hardly be distinguished in the dentition. The advantages of composite veneers include ease of correction and lower cost.
Do I have to grind my teeth before placing veneers on my teeth?
Some patients are mistaken, believing that the installation of composite veneers, unlike ceramic veneers, does not involve grinding the teeth at all. In reality, the preparation of teeth is necessary in both cases, but the specialists of the Spartamed clinic strive to minimize the effect on the teeth. They are assisted in this by high-tech equipment: precisely centered burs with a strictly specified grain size and dental microscopes.
Only the use of advanced technologies and the latest materials allows high-quality processing of the tooth exclusively within the enamel without damaging it. Thanks to this approach, it is possible to achieve an almost perfect fit of the veneer and high structural reliability. And in certain cases, processing is not required at all and only aesthetic contouring of the tooth under the veneer is carried out.
Ceramic veneers and their types.
At the Spartamed clinic, we can offer our patients two types of ceramic veneers: made of pressed ceramics and on a refractor. They differ in manufacturing technology. Pressed ceramic veneers are more durable and reliable due to their greater thickness and are used more often, since the spectrum of problems they solve is much wider – from discoloration to adjusting the shape and size of teeth.
Veneers made on a refractor, otherwise called lumineers or Hollywood veneers. They are more fragile than pressed ceramic veneers and have some restrictions on their use. But in certain clinical cases, they are successfully used. In general, true Hollywood lumineers are patented and manufactured in the USA. But due to the very high cost and long delivery times in Russia, they are used extremely rarely. In addition, neither the doctor nor the patients are ready to wait for a “pig in a poke”.
Can veneers be placed only on the upper front teeth?
Of course, the upper front teeth are the most visible when smiling, and most often veneers are installed on them. But in fact, the area of their installation is much wider – these are ten upper and ten lower teeth between the premolars. If the patient has a wide smile, then it is possible to install onlays on the teeth in the lateral zone. At the consultation, the orthopedic dentist will show you the veneer’s photos before and after the work he has already completed. This is an important marker that testifies to the high professionalism of the doctor.
At what age can veneers be applied?
Ceramic veneers can be installed if the permanent bite is already fully formed, that is, not before the patient turns 18 years old. However, the decision on veneering should be made after careful consideration and consultation with a specialist, since the teeth are still subject to minimal preparation.
How are veneers placed on teeth? The peculiarity of installing ceramic veneers.
Ceramic veneers are not just glued to the tooth surface with the help of cement, the technology of their installation is much more complicated and multi-stage, this is the only way to achieve adhesion between the tooth and the veneer at the chemical level, ensuring the fusion of the prosthetic structure with the tooth surface.
To begin with, at the consultation, the doctor finds out what problem veneering is intended to solve in a particular patient. Change the color of the teeth, or the shape, or a radical change in the image is planned. If necessary, a preliminary corrective treatment is prescribed with aligners or braces.
An individual impression is made, according to which a model for diagnostics is made – wax-up. Using a silicone key and mock-up technology, the doctor “squeezes” the expected result of veneering on the patient’s teeth to give the patient the opportunity to “try on” their future veneers.
Smile modeling using wax-up and mock-up technologies is used only by progressive dentists with a high level of technological equipment. All Spartamed patients planning to install veneers have the opportunity, even before the procedure for preparing the surface of the teeth, to form an idea of what will turn out in the end, that is, to see the final result! No surprises!
To select the optimal technique and materials, create a thoughtful individual plan for transforming your smile, we rely on open communication, discussion of all issues and pitfalls, taking into account the smallest features, both functional and anatomical.
After all the parameters have been approved, the doctor prepares the surface of the teeth with marking burs to a minimum, and the composite applied to the teeth during modeling allows avoiding unnecessary turning of the teeth. To further minimize the intervention, an orthopedic dentist can perform veneering using a dental microscope.
When the preparation is finished, the impressions are taken again, and the treated teeth are closed with a temporary construction. In the laboratory, veneers are made from 3 days to a week. When the structure is ready, the fitting is done and the veneers are firmly fixed on the teeth.
Ceramic veneers and their service life.
Veneers do not have a specific service life, we can say that they will serve you exactly as long as your native healthy teeth. This is due to the fact that the abrasion parameters of high-quality dental ceramics are almost identical to those of natural enamel. There is no doubt that the quality of the veneer installation and their reliability directly depend on the skill of the doctor and dental technician.
In all Spartamet clinics, veneers are made by talented and professional dental ceramic technicians trained by leading Russian and foreign specialists. They are real masters of their craft, which is confirmed by the reviews of our patients’ veneers.
How to properly care for veneers?
Caring for veneers is no more difficult than caring for your natural teeth. Daily brushing in the morning and evening, as well as a visit to the dentist once every six months, will be sufficient.
Veneers are not insured against mechanical damage, however, just like your natural teeth, so refrain from crunching nuts and opening foreign objects with your teeth.
The habit of grinding teeth in a dream or bruxism can also lead to a chip of the veneer. In this case, a mouthguard is made to protect the teeth and veneers at night. As for patients’ fears about how veneers will behave when interacting with acid-containing foods (wine, citrus fruits, etc.), they are completely unfounded. All these products are more dangerous for a person’s native enamel than for high-quality ceramics, from which modern veneers are made.
The price of veneers in Turkey
The cost of ceramic veneers is determined, first of all, by the level of skill and experience of the doctor and the dental technician, the level of equipment of the clinic (special tips, microscopes, the presence of our own dental laboratory), and the materials from which the veneers are made. Veneers are cheaply offered by clinics that save on equipment, used expensive materials, choosing lower-quality cheap counterparts, as well as those with low qualifications of doctors and dental technicians. What does the patient get in the end? Veneers that are neither aesthetic nor functional. Therefore, if you are offered inexpensive veneers, low prices for veneers are a reason to doubt both the professionalism of the dentist and the quality of the veneers themselves.
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