What is a dental veneer?
The dental veneer is a very thin coating of about 0.5 mm which is bonded to the outer surface of the teeth. It is a durable and painless technique to restore a more aesthetic appearance to natural teeth.
Who are dental veneers for?
Dental veneers are for people who want to correct their smile for aesthetic reasons. It can only be performed on healthy teeth. There are a range of situations in which veneers can be useful. They are recommended for:
- Restore their natural color to teeth that have lost their luster;
- Restore a homogeneous shape to the teeth;
- Correct the alignment of teeth that are too far apart ( diastemas ), etc.
Indeed, given that the dental veneer allows to find bright teeth, it should be remembered that certain factors can tarnish them and weaken the self-esteem of certain patients, like the following cases:
- The consumption of certain drinks (tea, coffee, sodas, etc.);
- Taking certain medications;
- Smoking, etc.
People who find the size or shape of their teeth unsightly may opt for dental veneers. These can be affixed to teeth that are too short, too small or that have suffered damage (break, crack, etc.). On the other hand, the veneer then reduces the interdental space. In general, these are the two upper central incisors, what are commonly called “the teeth of happiness”. The reasons for filling this gap may be cosmetic, but it may be a treatment that will help with chewing or speech. The big advantage of the dental veneer therefore lies in its ability to remedy a large number of small smile imperfections in a single treatment and in a reduced number of consultations.
What are the different types of dental veneers?
At Dentego, for a natural appearance of the teeth, we practice the placement of dental veneers in pure ceramic as well as the placement of Lumineers veneers.
They are placed on the tooth, slightly cut beforehand so that the veneer can adhere. This treatment is therefore irreversible. The enamel being filed, you will then have to wear veneers all your life to protect your tooth.
Composite resin veneers
This type of veneer is rarely used, but it can act as a transition before placing a Lumineers or ceramic veneer. It is a type of veneer with several characteristics:
- This is the least expensive facet;
- Its lifespan is limited in time;
- It has a fairly low ability to resist stains.
Our practitioners and dentists specialize in placing Lumineers veneers, which are placed non-invasively and painlessly on your teeth. They preserve the enamel of your teeth and give you the smile you dreamed of, in a lasting way. Indeed, these veneers are ultrathin, they are no thicker than a contact lens. All the studies conducted show that Lumineers dental veneers can last more than 20 years. Your radiant smile will therefore follow you everywhere and for many years. The advantage of this technique is that the teeth remain intact. In other words, the treatment is therefore reversible and your veneers could be removed if, in the long term, you no longer wish to wear them.
How is the placement of dental veneers carried out?
Depending on the type of veneer chosen, the installation does not take place in the same way. Dental veneers are often compared to false nails because the application process is substantially similar. Several consultations will be necessary to carry out this treatment. During the first visit, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth in order to be able to create veneers specially adapted to your teeth. These will be ready within a few weeks. In the case of laying a classic ceramic veneer, the visible face of the tooth is very slightly reduced by a few tenths of a millimeter. It is therefore a question of removing a small part of the enamel of the tooth. This operation can be performed under local anesthesia, which makes the pose completely painless. The dental veneer is positioned on the space thus freed. The following video will explain to you in images how dental veneers are placed.
If you opt for a Lumineers veneer, this enamel filing step is unnecessary. Why ? Because the veneer is directly bonded to the tooth. Performed by an experienced dentist, the operation ensures a lasting result, without risk of detachment of the dental facets.