Dental veneers (called porcelain veneers and/or dental porcelain laminates, too) are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
1. Dental veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or composite resin that cover the front surface of teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of teeth by changing their color, size, shape, length, or position.
2. A dental veneer is an artificial tooth covering that is bonded directly onto the enamel of natural teeth.
3. Invisalign® is a series of clear aligners that straighten crooked teeth without surgery or braces.
Types of Veneers
All types of dental veneers are permanent, which means they cannot be removed after placement. If you have cavities or gum disease, it is essential to seek restorative dental treatment rather than veneers.
Dental veneers are shells that are typically made of porcelain. However, there are a few different types of veneers to choose from, including composite resin veneers, lumineers, and “no-prep” veneers.
1) Porcelain Veneers
The most preferred dental veneers are the porcelain ones for patients who want to change the size, shape, or color of their teeth or make minor adjustments to them. A advantages of porcelain veneers:
- Porcelain veneers are thinner than other veneers.
- You might benefit from teeth that look quite natural.
- Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance.
- Most of the time, no natural tooth needs to be shaved down in size.
- Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant.
- They also more closely resemble actual teeth in terms of how well they reflect light.
2) Composite Veneers
These dental veneers are made with the same bonding substance as tooth-colored dental fillings. Composite veneers are sturdy, however, they do not last as long as porcelain. They may eventually develop stains.
For composite veneers, only one appointment is necessary (same-day option). Instead of being created in a dental laboratory, they are moulded directly onto the teeth. Veneers made of porcelain need more than one appointment.
Similar to porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be applied directly on uncut enamel and require dental recontouring before placement.
3) Palatal Veneers (Palatal Onlays)
Palatal veneers are also known as onlays; they generally restore posterior teeth (the surface behind front teeth). They are called palatal because of the medical term behind the surface of a tooth. Damaged palatal teeth can also impact the anterior teeth.
4) No Prep Veneers
When it comes to no-prep veneers, you have a few choices.
a) Lumineers are extremely thin and can look very natural on your teeth.
b) DURAthin veneers are a brand of very thin, translucent layers of porcelain bonded directly to the front of the teeth, without any grinding or shaving done in advance.
c) Vivaneers: Like Lumineers, they are 0.33-mm-thick.
5) Removable Veneers (Non-Permanent)
Permanent veneers can require multiple dental visits and come at a considerable cost. Removable veneers avoid many of these downsides but are not recommended without the approval of a dental professional. Removable veneers, also known as snap-on veneers, can give you a completely new smile by hiding your original teeth. This option allows you to cover missing teeth, stains, gaps, and imperfections.
In this variety of veneers, you might be confused or having difficulty choosing them regarding your health as well as the total price and procedure of the treatment. The final decision can be up to you but consult a dentist for the optimal options for you.
Porcelain veneers can be used to correct the appearance of:
- crooked teeth
- gaps between teeth and other spacing issues
- teeth that look “too small”
- deeply stained teeth (including stains that can’t be whitened or “bleached away”)
- teeth with uneven or worn edges
- teeth that are chipped or cracked
What is Lumineers?
Lumineers is a brand of veneers. They serve many purposes and are a popular option when making a smile design. Lumineers are most commonly used to fix:
• Stains and discolouration
• Small chips and cracks
• Damage and wear
• Other tooth irregularities
What Separates Veneers and Lumineers?
Instead of being made of composite or porcelain-like traditional veneers, Lumineers are constructed of ultra-thin laminate. While traditional veneers are 0.5 millimetres thick, Lumineers are 0.3 millimetres thick making them thinner and therefore harder to place on the teeth.
Which lasts longer veneers or Lumineers?
In fact, the materials used in Lumineers and veneers are so strong, you can expect your veneers to last as long as 15-20 years. That’s about 5-6 times as long as a composite veneer, which will probably need to be replaced in a couple of years to give a good look..
What is an eMax veneer?
Crafted from high-strength porcelain and custom-made for the individual, EMax Veneers are thin-layered and bonded to the front surface of the teeth. This enhances both the function and appearance of teeth.
EMax veneers usually last at least 15 years if they are well taken care of. That includes flossing and brushing every day. After that time, patients usually ask for them to be changed, purely for cosmetic reasons.
Are eMax veneers worth it?
Considered the best porcelain-ceramic veneers on the market, eMax veneers are thinner, more durable, and offer a natural appearance with a slight translucency that makes them look like organic teeth. Because of their thinness, they are more flexible and adaptable, requiring trimming of the tooth to be covered. eMax porcelain veneers are one of the most common types of veneers recommended for patients. They offer an incredible cosmetic appearance that gives your teeth the natural lustre and translucence of a healthy smile.
What is the difference between veneers and eMax veneers?
Composite veneers are made of resin material, a white composite filling material, the same used for composite bonding. EMax veneers are fabricated in a laboratory, carved out from a block of porcelain and hand painted to the desired shade.
The treatment time for Emax is typically shorter than some other veneer treatments and can be completed within two sessions.
How long do veneers last?
According to the American Dental Association, veneers last about ten years; however, they’re not permanent—and how long veneers last depends on how you care for them. Most veneers are made out of porcelain that provides excellent esthetics and longevity.
The average lifespan of a dental veneer is about 10 to 15 years. With proper care and treatment, that time frame can be lengthened, to up to 20 years. They may last longer if well taken care of. After you get veneers, your natural tooth enamel is compromised, which is why some people say there’s “no turning back” after getting traditional veneers.
General information about Dental Veneers
- Unaffected by stains. They have the bright, white, and shiny appearance that you might associate with “ideal” teeth. They are more stain-resistant because they are not porous like tooth enamel. However, after five or more years, the veneer’s edges where they meet the tooth may get stained.
- Well suited to badly damaged or discoloured teeth
- Veneers are especially useful when teeth appear to be yellow or brown, or when they exhibit difficult-to-cover symptoms of decay or staining.
- Behind conventional veneers, crooked or chipped teeth, smaller-than-average teeth, and teeth with distinctive shapes disappear.
Application and preparation process of dental veneers
A multi-step procedure is used to apply veneers, and it is tailored to the type of treatment you require.
Your dentist will smooth down the surface of your teeth after your consultation in order to get them ready for the veneers. In order for the veneers to fit in your mouth, the teeth must be made thinner.
Your temporary acrylic veneers will be made by your dentist using a mould of your prepped teeth. From the mold, a dental lab will create a unique set of porcelain veneers.
Veneers generally take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be made and sent back to the dentist but there are some other veneers treatments taking less time. Please consult your dentist while considering multiple factors for your health state and planning as well as whole procedure in terms of budget, convenience, seasonality if you are going abroad, location of clinic and experience of the team.
Pros of Veneers
Veneers are renowned for their capacity to change the appearance of a smile and can provide individuals with a straighter, whiter smile. And they’re frequently among the least expensive ways to improve a smile. Even better, veneers can be applied quickly and dental veneers don’t need much prepping. Veneers can occasionally be used in place of crowns, which frequently require a bit more preparation.
Cons of Dental Veneers
- Veneers are permanent.
- They can make teeth a bit more sensitive to heat and cold.
- While porcelain veneers are less susceptible to staining, composite veneers may stain.
- Veneers aren’t a solution for failing teeth. Talk with your dentist about other options such as crowns.
Aftercare for dental veneers
Dental veneers do not require any special care. Continue brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash as usual as part of maintaining good oral hygiene.
Despite the fact that porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, your dentist may advise you to stay away from foods and drinks that can cause stains (for example, coffee, tea, or red wine).
Alternatives to Dental Veneers
Veneers can be replaced with crowns and bondings. Using veneers is a wonderful middle ground. If you wish to alter the shape of your teeth more than just a tiny bit, as with bonding, but not enough to need a crown, veneers might be your best option.
Istanbul Dental Clinics Statement
For patients in need of one or more dental veneers, it is often wise to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of veneers with a dentist. Because the location of the teeth or the purpose of a crown is very specific to the patient, consulting a dentist is the best way. By taking into account the location of the affected tooth and the patient’s individual preferences, the dentist and patient can decide together on the right material to use.
At Istanbul Dental, with our qualified team we are ready to answer your questions and plan your dental treatment as a whole process, so do not hesitate to get in touch with us! While gathering information and inspecting the options you have about the dental services you get, we recommend you visit our smile gallery and see our previous patients’ sincere smiles.