Dental Veneers

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells, typically made of porcelain or composite resin, that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discoloured, stained, chipped, misshapen, or have gaps between them. 

While dental veneers are primarily a cosmetic enhancement, they can provide some structural support and strength to the treated teeth.

How Do Veneers Work?

Dental veneers work by covering the outer surface of the teeth in a sense that the misaligned or irregular teeth can be covered through a cosmetic improvisation.

Who Needs Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are an option for those who have no extensive cavities or any other gum disease but only want to restore the overall appearance of their teeth. Moreover, there is no specific age for dental veneers but dentists recommend candidates need to be at least 16-18 years old. Generally, the candidacy criteria includes:

  • People with irregular or misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Stained teeth resistant to teeth whitening treatment. 
  • Teeth that are too small

Veneers vs Crowns: What’s the Difference?

The primary difference between dental veneers and dental crowns is that dental veneers cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Crowns, on the other hand, are used for both restoring function and improving the appearance of a tooth that is significantly decayed, damaged, or compromised.

What are the Different Types of Veneers?

Dental veneers come in different colours and compositions but are divided into three main types, depending on the material used in their making. Let’s have a brief overview of these types.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are commonly used for patients requiring minor dental alterations. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can be used on any teeth, not just the front teeth, to improve their shape, size, or colour.

Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic veneers have become increasingly popular due to their natural appearance. Ceramic veneers and porcelain veneers are often used interchangeably, as both are made from ceramic materials. 

Composite Veneers

Many people choose composite veneers over other types because of their reasonable price. Also, these veneers typically do not require multiple dental visits. Your dentist will customise and attach a composite dental veneer in a single session. Moreover, the application of this veneer doesn’t require extensive tooth preparation. The appearance of a composite shell depends on the quality of the composite material used in its manufacture.

What Happens Before Dental Veneer Placement?

Dental veneer application is usually a three-step process. Here is a brief elaboration of the steps involved in this treatment.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, the dentist will discuss your goals, examine your teeth, and may take x-rays and impressions. During the same appointment, he or she can also create a digital mockup of your teeth with the veneers attached to get a detailed picture of how your smile will look after the treatment.

Teeth Preparation

The prepping procedure primarily involves minor enamel etching to prepare the recipient tooth for the veneer application. The amount of tooth enamel removed during this process is equal to the thickness of the dental veneer.

After tooth etching, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth and send it to a lab for veneer preparation. It generally takes 2-4 weeks to prepare the veneer in the lab. 

Your dentist will apply temporary dental veneers until the permanent veneers are ready.

What Happens During Veneer Placement?

Bonding

  • Your dentist will call you for a visit when they receive your permanent veneers. The bonding process of these veneers involves the following steps.
  • The dentist will check if the veneer fits in the etched area. They may trim or sand the veneer to achieve the proper fit. They will ensure the veneer and dental cement match the colour of the surrounding teeth.
  • Next, they will prepare your tooth before attaching the veneer. This prepping involves cleaning, polishing, and further etching your tooth. This etching creates a rough surface for better veneer adhesion. 
  • Then, they will apply dental cement to the tooth and attach the veneer. After positioning the veneer, the dentist will use a special light to harden the cement.
  • And finally, they will remove any excess cement and check your bite. You may have a follow-up session to check the veneer’s impact on your gums.

What are the Benefits of Veneers

Dental veneers can help address various concerns related to your smile. Some of the most salient benefits of this treatment include:

  • Dental veneers conceal cosmetic dental issues, such as cracks, discoloration, and chips.
  • Some dentists use dental veneers to treat crowded teeth.
  • Modern-day dental veneers look and feel natural, providing you with a captivating oral appearance.
  • Like many other cosmetic dental treatments, dental veneering too requires enamel removal. But the amount of the removed enamel is too insignificant to cause any structural damage to your tooth. 
  • While dental veneers are stain-resistant, proper oral hygiene is still important to prevent discoloration of natural teeth and maintain overall oral health. 
  • Dental veneers help you smile more confidently and are often part of smile makeover plans.

What are the Disadvantages of Veneers?

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks associated, though not severe, still, certain in some cases. The disadvantages include: 

  • Insurance doesn’t cover the cost of dental veneers as they fall in the cosmetic category. 
  • In rare cases, the veneer can fall off before the expected time. 
  • Dental veneers can dislodge or misplace with time. 
  • Most traditional veneers are irreversible due to the enamel removal involved

What is the Dental Veneers Cost in Dubai?

The starting price of Dental Veneers in Dubai is 3500 AED, which can go up to 15000 AED. The actual cost varies as it is contingent on different cost deciding factors, such as type of veneer used in the treatment, expertise of the dentist, and geographical location of the clinic.

How Should I Take Care of Veneers?

After getting veneers, you want them to last longer. For that, you need to maintain good dental and oral care to ensure the longevity of your dental veneers. Here are some tips to ensure these shells remain a significant part of your vibrant, natural smile for years:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent damage to the veneer surface.
  • Floss your teeth once daily to keep interdental plaque at bay.
  • Non-alcohol mouthwash is recommended for dental veneer maintenance, as alcohol-containing mouthwashes can potentially weaken the bonding material used to attach veneers to teeth.
  • Consider reducing the consumption of sweets to maintain the longevity of your veneers.
  • Avoid chewing on hard surfaces or using your teeth as a tool.
  • Visit your dentist every six months

Which are better, Lumineers or Veneers?

The choice between Lumineers and veneers depends on your requirements or preferences, as they serve different dental aesthetics needs. For example, dental veneers are permanently attached after minor etching of the tooth. Lumineers, on the other hand, are a brand of veneers that are typically thinner and may require less tooth preparation. Dental veneers are opaque, while Lumineers are relatively transparent.

Are Veneers Permanent?

Dental veneers indeed provide a long-lasting solution, with a life expectancy of up to 15 years. However, they are not considered a permanent solution.

Do Veneers Hurt?

Veneers are generally painless, as minimal tooth enamel is removed during the process.

Do You Have to Brush Veneers?

Yes, brushing veneers and teeth twice daily is essential for maintaining oral hygiene.

Do Veneers Damage Your Teeth?

No, veneers don’t damage your teeth if they are placed by an expert dentist. Additionally, there is a possibility of the underneath tooth structure to decay at one point. However, taking proper care of teeth can subdue the threat of tooth decay.

Dental Veneers Consultation in Dubai

If you want to choose veneers for a perfect smile in Dubai and are also in search of affordable clinics for dental veneers, Euromed Clinic Dubai is your place to go. We take pride in hiring the services of top-notch dentists and veneer specialists who have brought smiles to numerous people. To book your appointment, fill out and submit the following form or call us at +971 4 394 5422.

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