Ceramic veneers – veneers

Ceramic veneers are purely aesthetic dental augmentations. You should think of them as ceramic artificial nails which cover the front surface of your teeth. Their primary purpose is to change the shape and the color of your teeth.

In certain cases, when there’s no need for orthodontics, they can even serve to regulate the position of your teeth.

They’re made from superb metal-free ceramics which ensures a completely natural color and tone. Contrary to common belief, well-made ceramic veneers do not fall off, and you can function completely normally no matter which food is in question.

Veneers

Veneers are thin ceramic flakes we use to redress the tooth’s shape, aesthetics of the smile and make our patient’s every following smile more beautiful!

Despite myths that they crack and that you need to carefully monitor what you eat, we assure you that none of these myths are true! When set properly, ceramic veneers are a reliable long-term solution that will keep you at peace for at least 10 to 15 years.

Why ceramic instead of composite veneers?

What are ceramic veneers?

Ceramic veneers are small ceramic flakes we use to redress the shape of the tooth and improve the general aesthetic of your smile! They’re made from the best types of metal-free ceramics by dental technicians or on the CAD-CAM machine in the clinic itself.

The longevity/life expectancy of ceramic veneers

The veneers themselves are more or less permanent. They do not change their color, do not get pigmentation from food or drinks, do not crack and change their shape. Nevertheless, you should change them every 15 years or so because of the carrier teeth, which aren’t constant and are susceptible to the flow time as well as the patient’s care for them.

The advantages of ceramic veneers

From all of the types of dental compensation that are set on the patient’s existing teeth, ceramic veneers require the least amount of drilling. In some cases, no drilling is required (no-prep veneers). Thanks to this, they preserve the tooth’s substance the most. Some research suggests that these veneers can improve the lifespan of the tooth that’s underneath for about 60% when compared to other types of dental compensation.

Thanks to the exceptional precision in workmanship, whether it’s at the dental laboratory or on the CAD-CAM machine, these compensations perfectly fit the carrier tooth, whose lines they follow with smooth transitions as if they were a natural part of the tooth. Because of this, no food can get in, nor can your soft tissue get irritated from the material itself (metal-free ceramics).

Aesthetics of ceramic veneers

Metal-free ceramics, which the veneers are made from, conduct light perfectly which enables us to create ceramic veneers that look completely natural so that they’re not any different from your natural teeth. On the other hand, if this is what the patient wants, the veneers can be made exceptionally white.

How are composite veneers made?

Composite veneers are my by hand, directly on the teeth, by applying the material used to make white fillings, after which the tooth is polished. The polishing can never be ideal, and the material itself is, as we’ve mentioned before prone to cracking and microfractures, so, the adjacent soft tissue is often irritated by the composite veneer’s sharp edges, and you can get nasty inflammation. And finally, their cost is just too much for an ordinary white tooth filling.

What are composite veneers?

Apart from the modern name and good advertising, a composite veneer isn’t any different from a regular composite (white) tooth filling, on the front side of the tooth. Whether it’s from cigarettes, wine, tea or coffee, the composite veneer is susceptible to pigmentation, so they change their color quickly and can actually make a smile even less attractive than it used to be. They often crack and need to constantly be patched up.

Ceramic veneers

Our patient had ceramic veneers made for her upper jaw and now every Hollywood celebrity would envy her smile!

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Ceramic veneers are made from metal-free ceramics with top-of-the-line characteristics. They’re shaped like flakes which we set on the front part of the tooth. The rest of the tooth is left alone.

Classic/NON-PREP Ceramic Veneers

There are two ways you can make ceramic veneers. The usual method, which requires the dentist to remove a tiny layer of your tooth or the NON-PREP method which doesn’t require grinding your teeth down.
The patient’s choice will depend on what effect they’re trying to achieve and what they agree with your dentist. Whichever of these two ceramic veneers the patient decides to opt for, they can rest assured that these are both first-class metal-free ceramics, safe and stable. If the patient follows the rules of maintenance, they can last 15 years or longer.
All of these tooth augmentations require the dentist to grind far less dental substance than when installing dental crowns. This is how we preserve natural dental tissue and prolong its longevity.

The ceramic veneers production process

Ceramic veneers can be made in the dental laboratory or on the CAD-CAM machine in the clinic itself. No matter the procedure, the basic process is the same.
First, we make a wax-up model on the patient’s teeth which we use to show the effect the veneers will have on the teeth and on the smile. Once the patient is satisfied with what they see, we move to production.
The next step is taking the jaw imprint or by scanning the jaw with the CAD-CAM scanner. We always strive to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible, and this is why we suggest NON-PREP veneers, whenever possible. If it’s still necessary to make veneers that require removing a part of your tooth, we do the grinding before we take the imprint or scan the jaw.
After the veneer is made, a dental technician starts customizing it by adding color and specific individual characteristics.

The veneer installation process

Once the patient decides on veneers, it is crucial to plan the entire prosthetic procedure well. With the wax-up model, we present to our patients the effect the new veneers will have on their new smile and their teeth. If the patient is satisfied, we start making and installing the veneer without grinding your tooth down.

An example of a metal-free crown and veneer combination

Our patient tells us she’s not photogenic at all, but we’ve certainly proved her wrong! Beautiful, smiling and satisfied. At the check-up, a year after she’d changed her smile forever with the combination of metal-free crowns and veneers. Now she has a completely natural look, properly made to suit her face and smile. After all, you be the judge!

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