What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are tooth-like, thin shells that cover the outer layer of your teeth. They are used to modify the shape of the teeth and conceal their imperfections.
They are considered the most common cosmetic technique used by most dentists.
They can be made of different materials, depending on the case and the dentist’s choice.
Who needs dental veneers?
Veneer placement is a quick and effective minimally invasive solution indicated for many patients.
They can be used for treatment in many cases, such as:
- Stained or dark teeth that are irresponsive to whitening.
- Cracked or chipped teeth.
- Diastema, which means a gap separating teeth.
- Malposed teeth that don’t require orthodontics.
- Hypocalcification, which means insufficient calcium and minerals resulting in a defected enamel layer.
- Peg-shaped laterals.
- Abnormal tooth shape.
What are dental veneers made of?
Veneers are made of different materials, such as porcelain, E-max, laminate, or composite resin.
Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneer used by most dentists. They are made of porcelain.
The main advantage of using porcelain as a veneer is its high durability and stain resistance.
They can last up to 15 years with proper care.
- It requires a minimally invasive procedure compared to crown preparation. simple enamel removal in order to create room for the porcelain chip to be added to the surface.
Composite veneers differ from porcelain in the way they’re applied.
The process is less invasive compared to porcelain veneer preparation; sometimes it doesn’t require any removal from the enamel layer.
They’re less expensive than porcelain veneers. The main drawback is their reduced durability, and thus they require more maintenance and care.
composite veneers acquire stains more frequently than porcelain veneers so they need to be repaired and replaced more frequently.
material is weaker and may chip more often compared to Porcelain veneers.
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How are veneers made?
First of all, you need to consult with your dentist and see if you make a good candidate for veneers application or not based on a proper examination and x-rays. You need to discuss with your dentist all of your cosmetic goals and go through the treatment plan that best suits your case.
The next step is called the mock-up; the dentist comes with photos created digitally for the smile design to show you how the results would look to ensure your complete satisfaction before proceeding further.
On the day of the procedure, the dentist begins to remove a small layer of the enamel, usually up to 1mm in thickness.
Then an impression of the prepared teeth is taken either manually using impression materials or digitally using 3D mapping technology scanners.
Temporary veneers are made to reduce sensitivity and improve esthetics until the final restoration is placed.
Finally, when the veneers are to be permanently cemented to the outer layer of the teeth, Once they are set, they bond to the teeth within minutes.
What are the advantages of dental veneers?
Veneers are the custom-made solution for patients seeking permanent, perfectly shaped, and colored teeth.
Veneers have many advantages that make them the top choice of all dental cosmetic approaches.
- They enhance the smile and the overall appearance, increasing the patient’s self-confidence and satisfaction.
- They conceal tooth stains; they can have whatever color the patient desires.
- They resist staining even better than natural teeth.
- They change the shape of the tooth.
- They have a natural look.
- They are permanent and require minimal invasion of the tooth structure.
- They have a long life span of 10 to 15 years when made properly and taken care of by the patient.
Do veneers change color over time?
The good news is that porcelain as a material is more stain-resistant than normal tooth enamel, which means that veneers don’t change color over time. They serve as an excellent permanent cosmetic solution for tooth discoloration and staining.
How do you know if you're a good candidate for having veneers?
Dental veneers, like any other dental approach, are typically done based on a treatment plan made by your dentist after precise examinations, x-rays, and bite assessments.
Perfect candidates for veneer placement must have:
- Patients suffering from discoloration, permanent stains, diastema, malposed teeth that don’t require endodontics, cracked, or misshaped teeth
- Good overall oral health, hygiene, and healthy gums
- Plenty of healthy enamel layers
- Good bite; no clenching, teeth grinding, or chronic nail-biting.
Why choose Al-Alem Dental Center?
At Al-Alem Dental Center, we offer the best experience using the most recent technologies to ensure the success of the procedure and the most satisfactory results.
The long experience of Dr. Mohamed Al-Alem in cosmetic dentistry, the latest technological techniques used, and the highest quality of dental materials all guarantee the best results.
Before-and-after pictures and reviews of proven successful cases are available on our website and social media accounts.