Probably the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment is the world is veneers. Tens of millions have been placed giving people the smile they want in just a few visits. Many people would like veneers but don’t want their teeth prepared. Traditionally teeth had to be prepared to accommodate veneers, but over the recent years technology and materials have advanced so that it is possible in some cases not to prepare your teeth. This means less invasive procedures to achieve that perfect smile. In this article we will discuss the different options available today such as prepless veneers, composite veneers, lumineers and porcelain veneers.
What is a Composite Veneer?
A composite veneer is made of a composite resin filling material. It is placed over the entire front surface of the tooth to improve its aesthetic appearance. It changes the tooth height, shape and shade.
When Do I need a composite Veneer?
Composite veneers are great at improving many dental problems:
- Chipped teeth – can be fixed with composite veneers
- Misshapen teeth – composite veneers can improve the shape of your teeth and hide ‘ugly’ teeth
- Crowded teeth – If teeth are out of line or too close together, composite veneers are an alternative to orthodontics or braces.
- Gappy teeth – composite veneers are great at closing gaps between teeth. Teeth proportions can be made perfect.
Advantages of Composite Veneers
Composite veneers require either no or minimal tooth preparation, hence you conserve as much tooth as possible. They are also a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers.
Only one appointment is needed if you decide to go ahead with composite veneers.
Disadvantages of Composite Veneers
Due to the composite resin material, composite veneers are likely to stain easily especially if your diet consists of curry, red wine etc.
Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers and wear and tear is likely to occur.
How long will composite veneers last?
This depends on many factors; the type of composite material used (there is a big difference in the quality of different composite materials); the aftercare and habits (i.e. if you continued to drink a lot of fizzy drinks and grind your teeth then this would reduce their longevity). On average, Composite veneers can last between 2 – 5 years.
Cost of composite veneers
The cost of Composite veneers varies, so it is important to discuss this with the cosmetic dentist before starting treatment.
What is a porcelain veneer?
A Porcelain veneer is a porcelain laminate custom made to bond to the front surface of a tooth. Porcelain veneers are sometimes compared to false nails as they are very thin cosmetic coverings.
When do I need a porcelain veneer?
Porcelain veneers are great at improving many dental problems:
- Chipped teeth – can be fixed with Porcelain veneers
- Discoloured teeth – can be made brighter with Porcelain veneers
- Misshapen teeth – Porcelain veneers can improve the shape of your teeth and hide ‘ugly’ teeth
- Crowded teeth – If teeth are out of line or too close together, Porcelain veneers are an alternative to orthodontics or braces.
- Gappy teeth – Porcelain veneers are great at closing gaps between teeth. Teeth proportions can be made perfect.
Advantages of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers require minimal tooth preparation; hence you conserve as much tooth as possible. Porcelain veneers look very natural and most times much better than what was there before.
How are teeth prepared for porcelain veneers?
Tooth preparation depends on how the teeth are originally positioned. Sometimes teeth need no preparation and at other times more to correctly shape the teeth. After the preparation a mould is taken and temporary veneer/s are made. You then return approximately 2 weeks later to have the Porcelain veneers bonded to your tooth / teeth. Porcelain veneers usually take two visits to complete.
Temporary veneers are made from resin, they are essential to do accurately as this will give you a good idea of shape / colour of the final Porcelain veneers. This gives you time to get used to your new teeth.
Cost of porcelain veneers
The cost of Porcelain veneers varies, so it is important to discuss this with the cosmetic dentist before starting treatment.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last you many years. This depends on your hygiene, diet and the health of your existing teeth. Also whether you clench or grind your teeth.
Alternatives to porcelain veneers
Cosmetic resin bonding can sometimes be done, but is not as strong or as aesthetic as Porcelain veneers. Porcelain crowns can also be used but tend to be reserved for badly broken teeth as they cover all surfaces of the tooth.
What are prepless veneers?
No preparation Veneers is a more conservative cosmetic treatment which means you don’t have to be numbed up! It means you won’t have the numb feeling long after you leave the practice. During traditional veneer preparation minimal tooth structure (enamel) is adjusted which in very rare cases can lead to temporary sensitivity. No preparation veneers means no tooth structure is removed reducing the risk of sensitivity making this treatment comfortable and even enjoyable! Also, because the enamel is not adjusted the bond between your existing teeth to the new veneers is incredibly strong due to the bonding materials and technique we use during the fitting.
No preparation veneers are the perfect solution for nervous patients considering cosmetic dentistry. Injections and drilling are the usual fears our nervous patients have so this quick and simple procedure is the perfect solution.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are extremely thin veneers created by Cerinate. They will enhance your smile by covering gaps and improving the appearance of misshapen, stained or worn-down teeth. The treatment takes between two and three weeks and will leave you with a smile you are no longer ashamed to show. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are created using a specially patented material called cerinate porcelain. While it is known for being very strong, cerinate porcelain is also exceptionally thin – so thin, in fact, that Lumineers have been compared to contact lenses. The unique strength and size of Lumineers means that, unlike other veneers, they can be used with very little or no tooth preparation, so you can improve your smile without tooth shaving or grinding.
Perfect Smile Spa based in Hornchurch Essex is a leading cosmetic dental practice and is dedicated to PAINLESS dentistry. Our cosmetic dentist has fitted thousands of veneers over the last 19 years.
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