What are veneers?
Veneers are a great innovation of cosmetic dentistry. There are two types of laminate veneers: direct and indirect. Indirect veneers are made from ceramic like E.Max, while direct veneers are made directly in the dental office from compostie resine. We will explain below, what they exactly are, what the difference is between the two and what the indications and contraindications are for either one.
Porcelain veneers are used to change the shape, color, functionality and transparency and hence the overall appearance of front teeth. Though these changes are mostly considered cosmetic/esthetic, veneers can also alter the biting function of the front teeth, so they cannot be considered solely cosmetic.
Veneers are extremely thin, but durable ceramic (porcelain) or composite resin shells bonded to the outer surface of the front teeth. They are considered one of the most favored cosmetic dental procedures, as they require little or in some cases, no anesthesia and teeth can be prepared for the procedure with very little tooth loss. Veneers can be a good alternative when only minor changes are required in the appearance of front teeth, when we want to cover unsightly discolorations, chipped teeth or gaps between front teeth.
As we mentioned above, there are two types of dental veneers, direct and indirect. Direct veneers are made by your cosmetic dentist, in the dental office, during a single visit. This is a fast, cost-effective, convenient and comfortable procedure to see immediate results. However, in most cases, when long term solutions are desired, direct veneers might not be the best choice. For a long lasting and totally natural solution, we almost always recommend and prefer indirect (lab made) veneers instead of direct ones. Direct veneers can be a good choice, when the patient is planning to have a more extensive dental treatment to be carried out, or in a young age, when bone and jaw development is not yet complete so the veneers would be replaced anyway in a few years.
When direct veneers are made, your cosmetic dentist will lightly buffer your front teeth, usually taking away about half a milimeter to make room for the thickness of the veneers. This procedure may or may not require local anesthetics, depending on your individual sensitivity and some other factors. After preparation, some composite resin material will be bonded to the surface of your teeth and your dentist then will carefully sculpt and shape them to match the size, color and shape of the adjacent teeth.
In case of indirect veneers, you will need 2 or 3 appointments a few days apart each. The preparation procedure is very similar to the one with direct veneers, the only difference is that a mold is taken and sent to a dental lab, where a dental technician will prepare your new veneers from a procelain material. After a few days, during your second appointment, your veneers are tried on and if your are satisfied with their appearance, they will be bonded to your teeth to complete the procedure.
If taken care for carefully, veneers can last for many years and can help you achieve that perfect, pearly white smile that you have been dreaming of.
If you are interested in veneers, either direct or indirect, please do not hesitat to contact us at Dental Expert Hungary to schedule a free consultation.