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Dental veneers is the name given to a kind of very thin, custom-made cover to cover the outside of a tooth that is broken, deformed and/or misaligned. For fixed teeth, veneers are bonded to the tooth and are thus able to permanently change the colour, shape and size of teeth.

These veneers are permanently bonded and make it possible to transform the colour, shape and size of teeth. In this way, broken, deformed and misaligned teeth can be restored.

What types of dental veneers are there?

All dental veneers have in common the fact that they are quite thin. However, they vary in the material they are made of, which can be porcelain or composite resin.

Dental veneers made from porcelain are more expensive, stronger and more resistant than those made from composite resin. In addition, they don’t stain as easily and have a more natural aesthetic.

When to put on Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers always have an aesthetic purpose, i.e. they serve to make the smile more beautiful and harmonious. In this sense, they are especially recommended in the case of:

  • Dark teeth;
  • Teeth with different sizes;
  • Diastemas;
  • Worn or broken teeth;
  • Slightly misaligned teeth;
  • Teeth with stains.

What are the main advantages of dental veneers?

Dental veneers have many advantages as an aesthetic dental treatment, hence their success with many patients. Among the pros of this procedure are:

  • Achieve a beautiful and natural result;
  • Increase confidence in your smile;
  • Avoid tooth discolouration and unsightly stains;
  • High durability;
  • Offer great resistance;
  • Easy to maintain.

What do Dental Veneers consist of?

The application of dental veneers is a non-invasive process that basically involves slight wear of the tooth surface in order to compensate for the space occupied by the veneer.

How soon can I have my dental veneers fitted?

The entire process of preparing, planning and placing dental veneers takes an average of 3 weeks.

  1. The first step consists of a consultation, where the moulds are made that allow the veneers to be manufactured, customized to the patient’s characteristics.
  2. Afterwards, an appointment is made to apply the veneers, at which time the dentist will analyze aspects such as the color, shape and form best suited to the patient’s smile.
  3. Also at this appointment, the teeth are cleaned to eliminate any existing bacteria. The teeth are then worn down so that the veneer can be attached to the tooth. In the process of applying the veneer, the dentist also uses what is known as dental cement, which is solidified using ultraviolet light.

What care should be taken with dental veneers?

Dental veneers don’t require much different care from our own teeth.

It is therefore advisable to brush your veneers at least twice a day, and to keep flossing. It is also important to visit the dentist every 6 months for professional oral hygiene.

Visits to the dentist are also important so that patients know when it is time to replace their veneers.

Are there any contraindications regarding the placement of dental veneers?

Anyone suffering from tooth decay or gingivitis should not have dental veneers fitted, as they are only recommended when oral health is guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is not recommended, because people who grind and clench their teeth frequently increase the risk of damaging the veneers.

No. Dental veneers can be applied to slightly misaligned teeth, but crooked teeth can only be treated with braces. In these situations, dental veneers would only serve to hide a bigger problem.

It is not a common situation, but it is possible for dental veneers to fall off. However, this usually happens when:

  • they have not been applied correctly;
  • there is more “aggressive” contact with other teeth;
  • there is a natural ageing process.

No, and this is one of the biggest advantages of dental veneers. Without damaging the teeth, they improve the appearance of the smile, even disguising small defects in the teeth.

To apply dental veneers, you simply have to remove a small piece of tooth structure, a procedure that has no harmful effect on the teeth.

As a rule, the density and resistance of dental veneers does not allow them to change color over time. In this sense, they even guarantee a smile with a more harmonious color than tooth whitening.

This depends on the material the veneers are made of.

In the case of porcelain veneers, they are not easy to remove and the tooth needs to be worn down. Resin veneers, on the other hand, are easy to remove.

The durability of veneers also varies. While porcelain veneers last around 12 years, composite veneers usually last around 6 years.

As soon as the veneers begin to show some wear, it is advisable to consult your dentist in order to have them repaired.

Yes, thanks to the adjustment that the dentist is able to make. What’s more, as the veneers don’t change color, the shade will remain unchanged.

Yes, thanks to the adjustment that the dentist is able to make. What’s more, as the veneers don’t change color, the shade will remain unchanged.

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Paediatric Dentistry | Oral Rehabilitation

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