Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
- they are very thin ,their thickness is around 0.5-0.7 mm;
- they are applied on the most superficial part of the teeth, to make them adhere perfectly to the tooth;When to apply the dental veneers;
Veneers are routinely used to fix
The dental veneers are recommended not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to correct birth defects. For example, in the case in which the patient has one or more crooked teeth and does not have an efficient chewing. The advantages derived from it:
- Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth;
- Teeth that are worn down;
- Teeth that are chipped or broken;
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them);
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth);
The durability of the veneers
On average, veneers last about 10 years, and as dental porcelain becomes stronger and more durable, their durability may increase significantly over the next several years. Of course, veneers, like natural teeth, are still susceptible to damage. If a veneer breaks or comes off, patients should carefully store any missing pieces and bring them to the office as soon as possible for repair and/or reattachment.
Difference between a dental crown and porcelain veneer
Both solutions aim to cover a tooth, so we can say that the final result from an aesthetic point of view is similar. However, these are two types of intervention which provide for a different type of application and therefore present differences.