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Veneers. What it is?

Today, many people are talking about veneers. What it is? Why are they needed? Aspiring to save you from "wandering" the endless expanses of the World Wide Web, we have collected quintessence, in our opinion, in this small article. Before explaining to you the essence of veneer, you need to understand the terms used by dentists when planning aesthetic restorations. There are only two types of restoration of your teeth:

1. DIRECT RESTORATION (performed directly in the dental chair)
2. INDIRECT RESTORATION (performed in dental laboratory)

Veneers. What it is?

In the dental world - it is a design in the form of a thin plate, which often covers only the front (labial) surface of the tooth, the back (inner) surface of the tooth remains its own. Classic veneers are made of laboratory ceramics (porcelain), which is a concept - INDIRECT RESTORATION

Why Do We Need Veneers?

The reasons for their establishment may be different. Veneers are great for color correction and tooth shape. In cases where bleaching does not bring you the desired result - the veneer comes to the rescue. Want to change the shape and size of your teeth - veneer is your choice. An injury has occurred and you have chipped away a part of your tooth - the veneer will be able to replace it. You have already restored the front teeth with a composite (DIRECT RESTORATION) and you do not like that it changes color over time, then your choice is a ceramic veneer.

How reliable are veneers?

Being a thin ceramic plate (from 0.2 mm), the veneer, once fixed on the tooth, becomes extremely durable. If the correct fixation protocol is followed, the strength of its bond to the tooth enamel is high enough, and for teeth with unhealthy enamel is a reinforcing factor that adds significantly to the strength of the tooth in general.

How much will the veneers serve?

This question cannot be answered with one digit. In general, in compliance with the operating rules and in the absence of force majeure factors (trauma), we are talking about a life span of 10 years, without any kind of correction or intervention by the doctor. This term can last for 15, 20 years and even longer! It all depends on how you care for your teeth.

Will the doctor have to “grind” my teeth?

This fact depends on your own situation. Usually minimal grinding (grinding) is required - this increases the force of fixation of the veneer to the tooth. The doctor will be able to tell you the final amount of necessary “turning” after the examination and diagnosis, which are mandatory steps when performing these works.

Do Veneers Need Special Care?

No, dental care with veneers is no different than regular teeth care. Everything is as usual. It should be noted that in the case of dental ultrasound removal in dental practice, the use of standard metal nozzles is not recommended.

What to choose - direct restoration from composite or indirect ceramic?

There is no definite answer to this question. It all depends on what you need.

Your choice is "composite direct restoration", if:

You need to get results quickly (1 to 2 visits, depending on the amount of restoration).
You want to spend less than your friend who chose ceramic veneers for.
You are ready for a more thorough care of composite restoration, both independently and with the help of your dentist

Over time, composite restorations may lose their original color due to the saturation of food colors. How much is it about your eating habits? The strength of composite restorations is lower than dental enamel and ceramic veneers, so such restorations require more care and careful care. We do not recommend composite restorations of the front teeth in the case of bruxism (uncontrolled, often night, gnashing of teeth associated with increased tone of the chewing muscles). However, this point can be adjusted with the help of special caps. If you have this problem, you should consult your doctor.

Your choice is "ceramic veneers", if:

You value the stability of the result more than the speed of its receipt: the manufacturing process may take 3 to 4 visits and is more costly, but ceramic veneers show excellent durability for many years after installation. In addition, they do not need polishing - the surface is always smooth and shiny, and the plaque attaches even worse than to your own teeth.

You plan to significantly change the color of your future teeth. Ceramic veneers can effectively adjust tooth color while remaining very thin, while composite restorations require greater thickness to achieve a similar result.

You have high aesthetic requirements. Usually ceramic veneers more accurately convey the natural shape, color, internal effects of living teeth. Remember, that: you will not be able to change the color of ceramic veneers after their permanent installation on the teeth. This point must be agreed upon at the fitting stage

For the final choice of how to restore your teeth (direct or indirect restoration), consult your dentist and only with him you will make the right decision.

In professional hands, any type of restoration will have a good perspective, appearance and prognosis.

Author Kyrilenko Alexander, Vodoriz Yaroslav