What are Veneers?
When are Veneers needed?
Small defects in the front teeth in which the fillings do not stay.
Severe discoloration of your teeth which cannot be corrected by a dental bleaching procedure.
Small gaps in your front teeth and you are not ready for a long duration braces treatment to correct those gaps.
These problems need not be corrected by extensive procedures such as crowning (cap) of your teeth which involves a huge reduction in the structure of your teeth. If you’re looking for a less invasive yet a long standing treatment option then dental veneering is the treatment of choice for you
A Veneer is an artificial tooth shell which can be stuck on to your front tooth surface. It can be used to correct defects in form, size , shape and colour.
Can Veneers fix crooked teeth?
Severely crooked teeth cannot be corrected by veneering. Mild cases may be possible, depends on the individual case.
Can Veneers straighten teeth?
A Veneer as such cannot straighten teeth but they can correct mild problems. Severe ones should be corrected by braces.
Will Veneers stop tooth decay?
Veneering when properly bonded will stop decay caused due to broken fillings. But it is only covered on the front surface, the back surface is the natural tooth which needs to be cleaned and maintained as usual.
A lot of patients usually have some questions regarding Veneering, “Will veneers ruin my teeth” , “will veneers change my face” , “will veneers look fake” , “will veneers suit me”… So on.
Veneers vs Crowns / Veneers and Crowns
A dental crowning or a dental cap procedure involves reduction of tooth structure of around 1.5 – 2mm all around the teeth involving both enamel and dentin, whereas a Dental Veneer usually involves reduction of the front tooth surface alone to less than 0.5 mm involving only the enamel.
Which is better veneers or crowns?
Veneering is better when there is no need to remove tooth structure as in a crown mainly for aesthetic purposes. But if the need to reinforce a tooth structure, then Crowns are needed to strengthen the teeth.
Are Veneers painful? Will Veneers ruin my teeth?
As there is very minimal tooth reduction, they are not painful. The preparation only involves the enamel whereas the tooth nerves are in the dentin and the pulp.
Will Veneers stain?
Veneers need to be cleaned and maintained in the same way as your teeth. It can stain on the outside due to smoking and other stuff but these can be removed as well and these will cause stains on any other material or tooth.
Will Veneers fall off?
Veneering when properly bonded usually will not fall off. They are not cemented onto the tooth surface but bonded which means that the veneer and the tooth becomes a single monoblock unit.
Why Veneers fall off?
Veneers fall off when the Preparation procedure and the above said bonding procedure is not properly done.
Can Veneers cause Root canal?
The Treatment procedure as such doesn’t cause root canal . The decay in the tooth due to broken fillings if not properly removed can lead to a root canal and this is the same for any treatment procedure.
Types of Veneers
Emax Veneer– These are the best veneers and are a bit expensive compared to the composite veneer but these replicate the tooth surface exactly.
Composite Veneer- These are less expensive but of less strength and less aesthetics.
Veneers without drilling?/ Veneers and Lumineers.
Lumineers are similar to veneers but they do not require a tooth preparation. They are stuck or bonded onto the front unprepared surface of the tooth. But it cannot be used in all cases and may appear a bit overcontoured.
As already mentioned , the affected teeth are prepared in the front surface alone to a depth of 0.5mm.
How Veneers are made?
Customised ceramic shells are fabricated according to the individual face and tooth structure.
How Veneers are applied?
These are then bonded onto the front surface with some bonding agents.
Who does Veneers dentist or orthodontist?
Veneering is actually performed by Dental specialists called Prosthodontists. They are the professionals trained in veneering treatment.
When Veneers go wrong?
It may go wrong when proper case selection is not done and proper tooth preparation and bonding is not followed.
It offers a comprehensive smile makeover in a short span of say about less than a week.
Veneers Vs Braces / Veneers and Braces
If you have small gaps between your teeth, your orthodontic treatment may take one to one and half years to get completed whereas these can be completed in less than a week.
Which is better veneers or braces?
If the tooth malalignment can be corrected perfectly with a braces treatment and you have the time and commitment to undergo one to one and half years treatment , then braces are better. If you want immediate results, the veneers should be preferred.
Why are Veneers so expensive?
Emax Veneer is expensive because it is an metal free all ceramic veneer. The Metal ceramic crown used in back teeth cannot be used to make veneer as the metal can result in an unaesthetic appearance and the metal can also not bond with the tooth surface. Therefore the material used to make the veneer is costly.
Composite veneers are less expensive but they do not give the natural aesthetic appearance as much as an emax veneer.
Where are veneers cheapest? Where to get Veneers abroad?
Some countries offer dental treatment and veneering treatment at much cheaper costs compared to certain countries like US and countries in Europe.
India is the cheapest place to get veneering treatment done at the highest quality. A Cost comparison of the various treatment procedures in India and abroad reveals a stark contrast between the prices. A Single veneer may not offer you the benefit of these prices but when it is for an entire arch or the both the arches the benefit is extremely useful.
Veneers how long does it take?
They are usually fabricated in highly sophisticated dental labs and they take around three to four days to fabricate them. They can be fixed onto the teeth on the fourth day.
Veneers when Pregnant?
Even though veneering is a non invasive treatment which does not affect pregnancy , only emergency pain relieving procedures are advised during the second trimester of pregnancy.
Veneers when old?
Veneering can be certainly be done in old age provided there is no trauma from occlusion to the teeth.
Can veneers be removed? Are veneers removable?
A Veneer when bonded becomes a monoblock unit with a teeth. It is very difficult to remove the veneer as such but can be cut out from the tooth as with all other crowns.
When Veneers fall off?
If a veneer has fallen off without any damage to it, it can be rebonded to the tooth surface. Otherwise it has to be changed.
Will Veneers last forever?
If it is properly fabricated and bonded and properly maintained by the patient , it can last forever.
Are Veneers worth it?
If your dentist deems you as an ideal candidate for a veneering treatment , Then you can surely go for it and smile confidently.
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