What is a dental veneer?
Unlike crowns, dental veneers only treat aesthetic issues and are therefore placed on healthy teeth. Veneers are thin, custom-crafted shells of dental porcelain that are bonded to the front part of the teeth for a natural, attractive smile. They are generally a solution for teeth with small blemishes, slight misalignments, or small chips or fractures.
Types of dental veneers
At the Casanova 25 dental clinic we mainly use
- Composite veneers
- Porcelain veneers
- Lithium disilicate veneers
Composite veneers are a type of dental veneer made from acrylic resin matrix. They are placed directly on the tooth, applying the composite in layers that are hardened by ultraviolet light.Pros:
- They only bond to the visible part of the tooth, reducing wear
- The teeth do not require much preparation before placing the veneers
- Can be easily repaired if chipped or broken
- They are affordable
- They have a shorter lifespan than porcelain veneers
- They can stain over time
- They chip and break more easily
- More visits to the dentist are required for maintenance.
Porcelain veneers are designed for minimum wear on the enamel. They are generally placed after an impression of the teeth are made and the molds sent to the lab to make the veneers. The patient will wear temporary veneers until the permanent ones are placed.Pros:
- They are extremely durable
- They do not stain over time and have a much higher resistance to discoloration
- Made in the lab. They take longer to place
- They are more expensive
- Even bonded to the tooth with a permanent material, there is a possibility that the veneer could come loose
Lithium disilicate veneers
Lithium disilicate veneers are the best on the market for improving dental aesthetics. They are made from lithium disilicate, a ceramic material created through a glass nucleation and crystallization process.Pros:
- They are highly resistant to chips and breaks, three times more than porcelain veneers
- The translucence of the material ensures extremely natural-looking teeth
- The veneers must be made in the lab
- They are more expensive than composite and porcelain veneers
- There is a risk that they could come loose
Caring for all types of dental veneers
Dental veneers are treated the same way as natural teeth: daily brushing (particularly in the morning and at night), flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. Periodic check-ups with your dentist are also important for preventing oral problems.