Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, lumineers or composite veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain or composite resin, custom made to fit over teeth and improve their color, shape and overall appearance. Placement of dental veneers can dramatically improve your smile and appearance. We offer visual impressions of the end results to give you a clear idea of your new Smile! It is important to realise that veneers can only be made in a healthy dental situation. The correct order of treatment is always first healthy, then strong and then beautiful.
Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone” including:
Dental veneers can improve the appearance of the teeth but they cannot realign the jaw or correct overbites and underbites. Orthodontics are required to correct these more complicated problems.
The closest conservative cosmetic alternative to porcelain veneers is composite resin. Composite resin is a tooth-colored filling material that may be used to form dental veneers. Dr Arts is one of the few dentists who works with composite that is BPA free. Dental crowns may also be used to correct the same problems that dental veneers correct, however it is a much less conservative procedure.
Porcelain veneers have several advantages compared to composite resin including: Porcelain veneers are very durable. Although porcelain veneers are very thin, usually between 0.5 – 0.7 millimeters and inherently brittle, once bonded to healthy tooth structure it becomes very strong. Porcelain veneers can last for many years, usually 10-15 years, if you take good care of them using good oral hygiene and you avoid using them to crack or chew hard objects like nuts or ice.
Porcelain veneers create a very life-like and natural tooth appearance. The translucent properties of the porcelain allows the veneers to mimic the light handling characteristics of enamel giving it a sense of depth which is not possible with other cosmetic bonding materials such as composite resin. Porcelain veneers resist staining. Unlike other cosmetic dental bonding materials, porcelain is a smooth, impervious ceramic and therefore will not pick up permanent stain from cigarette smoking or from dark or richly colored liquids or spices. Porcelain veneers are conservative. Only a small amount of tooth structure needs to be removed, if any, during the procedure. Lumineers are extremely thin veneers ( 0,25-0,5 mm). Only for those cases where no removal or very little of the enamel is required.
The major advantages of composite resin include the following: Porcelain veneers are not made at chairside. They are fabricated in a dental laboratory and therefore require at least two visits. Composite resin veneers are normally accomplished in one visit. An adequate amount of tooth structure is removed to allow for placement of composite resin in the desired shape without added tooth bulk. Bonding agent is applied. Composite resin is then added, light cured, then finished and polished.
In the Ocean Clinic Dr Paul Arts only uses BPA free composite as there are suspicions about the health risks BPA involves.
For more detailed information on this, see: iaomt.org/bisphenol-a-dental-composites/
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers. The placement of veneers requires more time, expertise and resources in order to fabricate and bond and therefore cost more. Porcelain veneers cannot be repaired. If they break porcelain veneers must be replaced. Candidate for dental veneers
Dental veneers are not appropriate for everyone or every tooth. Case selection is an extremely important factor in the success of this technique. Veneering teeth is not a reversible procedure if tooth structure must be removed to achieve your desired result. Only an examination by your dentist can determine whether dental veneers are appropriate for making the changes you want.
Some of the situations where certain teeth or people are not good candidates for dental veneers include:
If you align the teeth through orthodontics first the eventual preparation of your teeth will be less invasive. We can recommend an orthodontist who offers “invisalign" (invisable braces).
Dental decay and active gum disease must be treated prior to fabricating and bonding dental veneers. We will refer you to a general practitioner or gum specialist.
If a significant amount of tooth structure is missing or has been replaced by a large filling the teeth will not be strong enough to function with a dental veneer. Teeth with an inadequate amount of enamel present. Dental veneers are more successfully bonded onto tooth enamel.
People who habitually clench or grind their teeth can easily chip or break dental veneers. Dental nightguards may be a solution for this in some cases.
Composite Veneers were placed. Dentist Dr Arts advanced cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry before & after photo.
Difference in color of teeth solved. Dentist Dr Arts advanced cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry before & after photo.
If you are not happy with your teeth, you might think fixing your smile will be a big, expensive job, but oftentimes simply making a small change can have dramatic results.
Ocean Clinic Marbella will unveil a new cosmetic dentistry division in October, headed up by internationally recognised specialist Dr Paul Arts.