Dental veneers are very thin shells, installed on the visible face of the teeth in order to correct their aesthetics. As much the color, the shape as the positioning of the teeth can be improved thanks to this technique of cosmetic dentistry .
But what makes this tailor-made dental treatment such an attractive solution?
Discover all the benefits of dental veneers to beautify each of your smiles every day.
Why opt for dental veneers?
Dental veneers can treat all kinds of aesthetic problems. It is an ideal option to magnify your teeth, painlessly, quickly, naturally and discreetly.
Designed according to your morphology and your aesthetic objectives, dental veneers are a winning choice for:
- Align your teeth;
- Whiten your teeth;
- Change the shape of your teeth;
- Replace dental crowns;
- Hide the spaces between your teeth (diastemas).
No more long, complex and restrictive dental treatments, dental veneers adjust to you, and never the other way around!
And the contraindications?
Although dental veneers are an option of choice for many patients, there are nevertheless certain contraindications. The dentist will be able to assess you and determine if you are a candidate for this type of treatment.
Thus, this type of dental shell is generally to be avoided if:
- You suffer from bruxism (uncontrolled grinding and clenching of teeth, occurring during sleep).
- You have certain periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis.
- Your teeth are too damaged (at this time crowns become necessary).
- You lack enamel on your teeth.
However, as each case is unique, consider consulting a dentist to benefit from treatment adapted to your situation.
What are the different types of dental veneers?
Dental veneers are available in 2 different forms, depending on your needs: the composite dental veneer and the ceramic/porcelain dental veneer .
Let’s see what distinguishes these 2 types of facets.
Composite dental veneers (white filling)This type of veneer is a more conservative treatment, generally used to correct small aesthetic problems, such as a broken or too short tooth.
For this treatment, the dentist puts on your teeth what is called a composite resin, a biocompatible material, available in several shades of white. The dentist generally opts for the composite veneer to correct small spaces between the teeth, especially in the molars and premolars.
Installed in a single session, the composite veneers are reversible and removable. They do not require any dental impression or design in a specialized laboratory. In short, this white filling is the ideal choice to solve minor dental problems, quickly and simply.
However, this treatment is less durable than the ceramic model. Its lifespan is about 5 years and good oral habits are essential!
Ceramic/porcelain dental veneers
For more complex cases, the ceramic or porcelain veneer becomes the obvious option. Made in a specialized laboratory, this type of translucent and smooth dental veneer is installed in 2 sessions: an appointment to take your impressions and evaluate your teeth in a comprehensive way, and another to install the veneers on your teeth.
Unlike white fillings, ceramic or porcelain veneers are more durable (about 15 years lifespan) and more natural looking. In addition, they do not stain and will never change color. In this sense, it is an excellent substitute for teeth whitening .
However, these dental veneers are less aesthetic, which explains why they are generally installed on the hidden face of the teeth. It is also a more expensive option than the white filling.
How is the installation of dental veneers carried out?
You will no doubt have understood that the installation process varies for composite veneers or for ceramic or porcelain veneers.
In the case of composite models:
- The dentist uses a chemical substance, which he applies to your teeth to increase the adhesion of the resin.
- He then adds several layers of resin to the tooth, gradually, which he then lets harden.
- Finally, he proceeds, in the same appointment, to polishing and modeling the resin to guarantee you a natural and highly aesthetic result.
As for the ceramic or porcelain veneer, the process takes place over a longer period:
- In a first appointment, the dentist removes some enamel from the teeth (if needed). This first step is performed under local anesthesia.
- During this same appointment, he takes an impression of your teeth.
- In some cases, temporary veneers are installed to stabilize the teeth while waiting for the actual installation.
- The facet is made in the laboratory, according to your dental impressions, your morphology, the color or the shape of your teeth.
- During a second appointment, this custom-made and permanent dental veneer is installed on your teeth, using a composite cement, specially designed for dentistry.
How to take good care of your dental veneers?
Although no specific maintenance is required for your dental veneers, you should still keep these important practices in mind:
- In the first few days, avoid foods that are too cold, too hot or too hard: your veneers can be damaged prematurely if you eat foods at too high or too low a temperature. Ditto for foods that are too hard and can wear down your facets.
- Avoid products that stain your teeth: in the same vein, during the period of adaptation to your veneers, you should also avoid consuming products that can stain your teeth. Let us think here of coffee, tobacco, wine or soft drinks.
- Adapt your toothbrushing technique : your oral hygiene is essential to optimize the good results of your dental veneer. To do this, brushing your teeth 3 times a day is important. However, make sure not to put pressure on your teeth when brushing. And floss well!
- Consult a dentist on a regular basis: your dental veneers must be scaled at least once every 6 months. The dentist will be able to carry out this scaling without affecting the effectiveness of your treatment.
So, the only maintenance needed for your dental veneers is to pay attention to your teeth. So, if you already have good oral hygiene , you won’t have to change your habits.
By being careful, you maximize the life of your veneers and reduce the number of necessary visits to the dentist. Result: dental veneers that last 10, even 20 years!