What are veneers?
Ceramic veneers are thin ceramic foils similar in size contact lenses, which are applied to the outer surface of the teeth. It is one of the most non-invasive methods to beautify their appearance or to protect their damaged surfaces after removing the cause and treating the damage!
They can be true "masks" that hide the teeth's identity very well. This changing of the “dental personality “ is of course improving them!
Dental veneering is part of the dental aesthetics branch. Aesthetics have clear rules and beauty objectives, but there are also less clear rules, subjective, like “What is nice is not nice, what I like is nice”. For example, the Hollywood smile, looks good on glass and in pictures and is pure white, and the pleasant natural when you admire a friend on a sunny spring day!
Types of facets
Dental veneers are often made of ceramic or composite. The ceramic is more resistant than composite and does not change colour over time.
In general, the ceramic facets require two visits to the dentist, while the composite can be applied in a single visit. However, the ceramics are superior in strength and especially aesthetically, because they can reproduce perfectly the natural look of enamel!
Making ceramic veneers
First the dentist administers a local anaesthesia so that the process is completely painless, and then he dentist removes a very thin layer of enamel to make room for the future veneer. Then a dental impression is taken and sent to the technician, who will prepare the veneers.
The imprint will be sent to the technician with a series of precise indications of colour and shape, and pictures of the patient’s teeth and face. We also send the Digital Smile Design project with patient’s photos after the mock-up, so that the technician can create veneers that are in perfect harmony with the beautiful smile and facial expression!
Meanwhile, the dentist will create temporary facets to replace the removed enamel layer, which will be worn until the ceramic veneers are ready.
Temporary veneers are very fragile and should be handled with care when eating and brushing, as they can come off easily!
At the next visit, the doctor will remove the temporary veneers and prepare the teeth surfaces for cementing, then apply the facets one by one using a special veneer cement!
Who can have veneers?
Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers.
Here are some situations in which your doctor may recommend other treatment:
- If a tooth is decayed or has periodontal or gum disease, these issues have to be treated first, and then the dentist can decide whether or not it is possible to make veneers
- If too much of a tooth is missing, a pressed ceramic crown or a ceramic on zirconium, silver or platinum plated gold with, a treatment solution will be much better than dental veneering
- If the squeezes/ grinds their teeth (bruxism), sooner or later they will fracture the dental veneers
Cleaning the veneers
Just like natural teeth, veneers must be cleaned daily using:
- dental floss,
- careful and correct brushing
- a dental irrigator (water jet) for a complete cleaning of the difficult to access areas and for keeping the gums healthy!
- non abrasive toothpaste, so as to not affect the veneers’ surface!
And last but not least, visit your dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning!
Dr. Eliza Munteanu, Neoclinique Clinic Unirii, +4 0371.000.111, www.neoclinique.ro
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