Dental Veneers and Dental Lumineers
The Step by Step Guide to Dental Veneers & Dental Lumineers will Helps You Make the Right Decision About Your Smile
What Do You Need To Know Before Dental Veneers Treatment Starts?
- What are Dental Veneers?
- What are Dental Lumineers?
- How many types of Dental Veneers is available?
- Which Type should I choose, Composite bonding or Porcelain Dental Veneers?
- Why and when I need Dental Veneers?
- What are Dental Veneers procedures?
- What are the pros of Dental Veneers?
- What are the cons of Dental Veneers?
- How do I know if I am a candidate for Dental Veneers?
- Do Dental Veneers last for a long time?
- How much Dental Veneers will cost me?
- How long Dental Veneers treatment takes?
- What are the alternatives to Dental Veneers?
- What are the differences between “Prep” or “No-Perp” Dental Veneers?
- How many Dental Veneers my treatment needs?
- Do Insurance companies cover Dental Veneers?
- How to choose the color of my Dental Veneers?
- Will I feel pain during the Dental Veneers Treatment?
- How will I know if my Dental Veneers treatment needs cum contouring?
- Which one should I choose, Porcelain or Lumineers Dental Veneers?
What Do You Need To Know Before Dental Veneers Treatment Starts?
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental Veneers, also known as dental contact lenses, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the presence of a smile—porcelain veneers made from bright white durable materials in specialized laboratories.
It bonds to the teeth from outside to achieve the natural look; by making the design matches teeth color with specific sizes and thicknesses.
Treatment can be for one tooth, or up to twenty teeth depend on each case!
What Are Dental Lumineers?
Dental Lumineers is one of the most popular types of dental veneers and is a brand in its own right.
Dental lumineers are characterized by being very transparent and very thin (their thickness reaches about 0.2 mm).
Lumineers do not require any drilling or carving of the teeth, unlike traditional dental veneers, which are thicker and may require sculpting of the original tooth structure.
In addition, dental luminaire’s durability allows its wear and stain resistance to last more than 20 years.
How Many Types of Dental Veneers is Available?
There are three different types of veneers:
- The conventional Porcelain Veneers (up to 1 millimeter thick) that require minimally invasive tooth substance removal.
- The “no-prep” Dental Veneers, also called Dental Lumineers, are wafer-thin (approx. 0.3 mm thick) veneers that are glue to unprepared teeth.
- The instant Dental Veneers, also called veneers-to-go or composite bonding, are an appealing and inexpensive alternative to conventional Porcelain Dental Veneers. The composite bonding fixed in one session.
The areas of application for the three types of Veneers depend on various criteria and must be individually decided by us in consultation with our patients.
Which Type Should I Choose, Composite Bonding Or Porcelain Dental Veneers?
It is essential to have expert advice, such as that offered by the GYA Dental Center. Depending on how visible the damage to the tooth is, the dentist recommends different solutions. The more serious the tooth damage, The more important it is to provide customized protection for the tooth from the laboratory; excellent results achieved with porcelain “no-prep” Dental Veneers in particular.
If the tooth damage is minor, Composite bonding can be a perfect option.
Why and When I Need Dental Veneers?
Ideal areas of application for Dental Veneers can be when you want to achieve particular aesthetic, durable, and natural tooth restorations with minimally invasive and minimal substance removal:
- Optical correction of misalignments without complex
- Orthodontics or dentures (closing gaps or gaps, straightening teeth)
- Aesthetic optimization, repair of teeth (e.g., existing malformations, more wear, “too small” -, too “narrow” – and also “square” – mending teeth.
- Stable and invisible restoration of tooth defects (tooth fractures) caused by the consequences of accidents or caries.
- Discolored teeth, unsightly chalk stains, dark, yellowish, or whitish discolorations (e.g., fluorosis, enamel hypoplasia, etc.) that bleaching cannot treat.
- Repair rough and serrated tooth surfaces.
- Embellish old crowns or bridges.
- Improve or beautify the smile line.
What Are Dental Veneers Procedures?
The steps to install the veneer for the teeth are very easy, straightforward, and painless, where you can get a bright, beautiful, and shiny smile when exiting the dentist’s room. The steps are as follows:
Veneer installation steps:
- Dentist Consultation: The procedure began with a visit to the dentist and consulted whether it is appropriate for your condition or not, and if your dental health allows it. On this visit, the dentist will examine your teeth, and x-rays will be needed to ensure that the tooth roots are in good condition. In this session, you should tell your dentist about the shade color and the number of teeth you desire to have.
- Removing a thin layer of tooth enamel: In this step, the dentist will work to remove a thin layer not exceeding half a millimeter, which is approximately equal to the thickness of the Dental Veneers layer used to cover the teeth.
- Make a model for the teeth: by using several soft medical materials, used to print the shape of the teeth and molars on them, and then send them to the relevant laboratory with the degree of color that you choose to prepare the Dental Veneers.
- Veneer Test: After receiving your Dental Veneers from the laboratory, which may take up to two weeks, the doctor will install the veneer with a temporary adhesive, to test how it is appropriate in terms of color and size with your mouth and face.
- Fixing the veneer: When you are satisfied that the Veneers are suitable for your teeth, the dentist will clean the teeth from the effects of the temporary adhesive, then the He/she permanently installs the Dental Veneers on the teeth with adhesive, especially for use on the teeth. Then the dentist highlights a robust light beam on the teeth to help the adhesive material to work quickly. It also helps to make veneer more solid.
- Future checkup: You will need to visit the dentist after a few weeks to check your smile and gums and confirm their reaction to the new Veneers.
What Are The Pros of Dental Veneers?
- The Dental Veneers process is an instant result, as you get the perfect white tooth once the lenses are attached.
- You do not need to wait like in the case of teeth whitening treatments of various kinds, which may require several sessions for the results to begin to appear.
- The effect lasts for a few years, and you may have amazingly white teeth for up to 8 or 10 years before you need to replace the Veneers.
- Dental Veneers add a layer of protection to the teeth.
- The harmonious white teeth give a wonderful psychological feeling and unparalleled self-confidence, as a beautiful smile is a key to the beauty of the mouth and face.
- Look very similar to the natural teeth.
- Completely painless treatment.
- Gentle on gums.
What Are The Cons Of Dental Veneers?
- Porcelain materials are harder than teeth, so there is a risk of cracking and abrasion of the opposite tooth.
- Regular adjustment of the bite is required.
- Once your tooth prepared for the Dental Veneer, the process is not reversible.
- Dental Veneers are not a good option for people with poor gum health.
How Do I know If I Am a Candidate For Dental Veneers?
In all cases, the only way to be sure that you are a suitable candidate for Dental Veneers or Dental Lumineers treatment requires you to take an appointment with the dentist. He or She can evaluate the condition of your mouth, gums, and teeth, and determine if your teeth are covered by a good layer of enamel so that the dentist can remove part of it and install the Dental Veneers. Or, if you do not have enough tooth enamel, you will have to resort to Dental Lumineers.
As for the primary candidate for the Dental Veneers treatments, you may experience more significant dental deformation, such as:
- Teeth fractures.
- Dental cracks.
- Significant gaps between the teeth.
- Misaligned teeth.
Do Dental Veneers Last For a Long Time?
When used and processed correctly, scientific studies have shown that 98% of the veneers placed were intact after six years. With proper oral hygiene in connection with regular professional tooth cleaning (prophylaxis), you can expect a Dental Veneers last up to 10 years.
How Much Dental Veneers Will Cost Me?
The treatment costs calculated individually, and the costs depend on the duration of the treatment, the condition of each case, and the additional services desired.
How Long Dental Veneers Treatment Takes?
The Dental Veneers process needs at least two visits, which might take approximately 1-2 weeks.
When preparing a single veneer, dental treatment takes about 30 minutes.
What Are the Alternatives to Dental Veneers?
There are some solutions as an alternative to Dental Veneers:
Hollywood or Snap-On Smile can be a good option, which is a type of animated formula that gives a beautiful smile on occasions while using it with a subtle effect.
Teeth whitening is not an integral alternative to veneer, as it is applied to whiten the color of the teeth, making them brighter, but it does not help to hide other dental defects such as wear and spacing between teeth and others. So it is only suitable for removing stains, unifying the teeth color.
There are several techniques for teeth whitening, from the generation of bleaches and chemicals to laser whitening, which is the latest in modern medicine in the field of teeth whitening.
It can be as alternatives for its low costs compared to the Dental Veneers and Dental Lumineers. Dental crowns treatment depends on the removal of the tooth or molar from all directions and the installation of a Dental crown over the entire tooth or molar, and not only from the front side. Crowns are often used after root fillings to keep molars from cracking and give a color that matches the primary color of teeth.
What Are the Differences Between “Prep” Or “No-Perp” Dental Veneers?
1- The difference in thickness:
The essential difference between the- “Prep” -Dental Veneers and the -“No-Perp”- Dental Lumineers lies in the thickness of the Dental Veneers, which is much thicker of the Dental Lumineers, and this small difference has its big consequences. The dentist has to remove a significant layer of teeth enamel to install the Dental Veneer, and the thickness of the Dental Veneers is usually about 2 mm and never less than 0.5 mm, while it is less than 0.5 mm in the case of Dental Lumineers.
Patients prefer Dental Lumineers results than Dental Veneers because it does not require the removal of the enamel layer covering the tooth.
2- The difference in tooth sensitivity:
Reduces tooth sensitivity: Removing the enamel layer (or tooth enamel exposes you more to have tooth sensitivity), but this won’t happen in the case of Dental Lumineers.
3- The difference in tooth consistency:
Consistency of the results: This is also due to no removal of the enamel layer. This layer helps bond the Dental Lumineers more strongly and gives results that last longer, to appear in the best possible way.
How Many Dental Veneers My Treatment Needs?
The dentist will help you to decide how many Dental Veneers your smile needs, either one tooth or more. A complete set can be applied to all visible front teeth if necessary and are made with different sizes and designed to match your existing tooth color so that it looks completely natural.
Do Insurance Companies Cover Dental Veneers?
Since veneers are dental aesthetic or dental cosmetic treatments, it is not under health insurance coverage. Still, nowadays, some health insurance starts to apply this treatment to their policy, so you need to double-check with them.
How To Choose the Color Of My Dental Veneers?
Mostly, you are aiming to have whiter teeth, but if the Dental Veneers are not covering all your teeth, you may need to clean your teeth and whiten surrounding teeth before starting treatment. If the Dental Veneers match the color of the whitened teeth, you should maintain a regular schedule of whitening teeth. Otherwise, natural teeth will start to appear yellow in comparison to the color of the installed lenses.
Will I Feel Pain During the Dental Veneers Treatment?
Dental Veneers’ treatment is entirely painless. However, if an accident severely damages a tooth, we use a local anesthetic for tooth preparation for a veneer to guarantee a painless procedure.
How Will I know If My Dental Veneers Treatment Needs Cum Contouring?
When installing Dental Veneers, in some cases, the dentist cuts a small part of the gums to increase the clinical length of the tooth; this also done with local anesthesia without pain.
Which One Should I Choose, Porcelain Or Lumineers Dental Veneers?
The dentist will simply help you to decide which is best for your condition by discussing your needs and your dental situation and by knowing the criteria for choosing between them.
The right choice for your condition is what will make you look great. If you have small teeth and you want to make their size larger, for example, the Dental Lumineers will not solve the problem, In this case, it is easier (and perhaps better) to get to the Dental Veneers, which occupies large areas.
To decide which one to choose, you must know the difference between the ideal candidate for the Dental Lumineers treatment and the Dental Veneers treatment.
9 min Read | Originally published March 20, 2018 – Updated October 29, 2020
Written by Dr. Gabriella Aftene
Dr. Gabreilla started her career at the University of N. Testimiteanu Medicine and Pharmacy, she went on to continue her studies at the University of Carol Davila Medicine and Pharmacy. She continued her education in Germany Frankfurt, Italy Genoa, Spain Seville, Portugal Lisbon and France Lyon.
Topics: Dental Veneers
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