Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells used to cover the outer surface of oddly-shaped teeth and are generally composed of tooth-colored materials. These custom-made shells are usually attached to the front teeth to change their shape, color, and size. 

Dental veneers are a cosmetic enhancement and, thus, are not known for their ability to strengthen the treated teeth. However, they may support a tooth’s weak structure to some degree.

Types of Veneers

Dental veneers come in different colors 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 the most conventional type used in patients requiring minor dental alterations. The primary purpose of these veneers is the aesthetic enhancement of the front teeth. Typically, these veneers help improve the front teeth’ shape, size, or color.

Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic veneers have become increasingly popular due to their natural appearance. As evident by the name, these veneers are made of ceramic, which holds an impressive ability to mimic the natural color and texture of your teeth. On top of that, these veneers are more durable than porcelain shells.

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 customize and attach a composite dental veneer in a single session. Moreover, the application of this veneer doesn’t require extensive prepping of your teeth. That being said, the ability of a composite shell to look natural depends on the quality of composite material used in its manufacture.

Process of Dental Veneers

Dental veneer application is usually a three-step process typically spread out over more than one dental visit. Here is a brief elaboration of the steps involved in this treatment.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, the dentist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth to get a clear view of your dental structure. During the same appointment, they may 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 precisely 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 for the veneers to be prepared in the lab. 

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

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 attach this shell to your tooth to see if it fits in the etched area. They may trim or sand the veneer to achieve the proper fit. They will also make sure that the veneer and the dental cement match the color of the surrounding teeth.
  • Next, they will prep your tooth before attaching the veneer. This prepping involves cleaning, polishing, and further etching your tooth. This additional etching mainly aims to create a rough surface that helps the veneer hold your tooth well.
  • Then, they will apply dental cement to the etched tooth area and the veneer and attach that veneer to the tooth. After positioning the veneer, the doctor will shine a special light to harden the cement.
  • And finally, they will remove any excess cement and check your bite to see if any other adjustments are required. You may be called for a follow-up session in a few days to rule out any impact of the veneer on your gums.
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Benefits of Veneers

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

A Viable Cover for Cosmetic Dental Issues

Dental veneers conceal cosmetic dental issues, such as cracks, discoloration, and chips. But before proceeding with the veneering process, the dentist will ensure that you have healthy teeth, even with the cracks and chips. This is because a tooth with a more fragile structure requires more functional restoration than aesthetic. Such a tooth can benefit from a dental crown.

Some dentists use dental veneers to treat crowded teeth.

Natural Look and Feel

Modern-day dental veneers look and feel natural. This means unless you tell someone that you are wearing a dental veneer, nobody will be able to know if you had a cosmetic dental treatment.

Little Enamel Removal Required

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. This step aims to ensure the proper fitting of the dental veneer into the slot.

Tooth Discoloration Prevention

Dental veneers are generally stain-resistant, meaning that they do not need the level of care required with natural teeth to prevent discoloration. However, having veneers on your teeth doesn’t mean you are better off without daily dental care. You will still need to brush and floss daily and take good care of your oral health.

A More Confident Smile

Dental veneers help you smile more confidently. This is why this treatment is considered an integral part of most smile makeover plans.

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How Much do Veneers Cost in Dubai?

The dental veneer cost per tooth is 1500AED. The average starting price of this treatment is 3500AED, which can go up to 15000AED, depending on the number of teeth treated.

How Should I Take Care of Veneers?

After getting veneers, you want them to last longer. The good news is you only need to stay on top of your 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 fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth once daily to keep interdental plaque at bay.
  • Rinse your mouth daily with a fluoride mouthwash.
  • Reduce the consumption of sweets.
  • Avoid chewing on hard surfaces or using your teeth as a tool.
  • Visit your dentist every six months.
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Dental Veneers FAQs

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers usually last 10-15 years, provided that you take good care of your oral hygiene.

Which are better, Lumineers or veneers?

Both Lumineers and veneers serve your dental aesthetics differently. So which option proves better depends on your requirements or preferences. For example, dental veneers are permanently attached after minor etching of the tooth. Lumineers, on the other hand, are semi-permanent and require no tooth etching. Dental veneers are opaque, while Lumineers are relatively transparent.

Can veneers fall off?

Yes, dental veneers can fall off due to:
Poor adhesion
Tooth decay
Damage
Physical trauma

Do veneers hurt?

From their application to maintenance, veneers remain painless in most cases. This is because dental veneers require a minimal amount of tooth enamel to be removed before application. Hence, no live tissue is hurt during this process.

What is better, composite bonding or veneers?

While both options help address specific aesthetic requirements, dental veneers are generally considered a better option than dental bonding. This is because veneers are more durable and improve your dental aesthetics much better than dental bonding. They also resist stains longer than dental bonding. On the other hand, dental bonding may be a better option if you want to improve your dental appearance instantly at a lower cost.

Do you have to brush veneers?

Yes, brushing your veneers and teeth twice daily is imperative to keep the bacterial plaque buildup at bay.

Are porcelain veneers the best option?

Porcelain veneers are the best option if you have discoloration or minor cracks or chips on your teeth. However, severe chips and cracks are generally not treatable with dental veneers. You may need a dental crown in such a scenario.

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At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, we have highly skilled dentists specializing in general and cosmetic dentistry. Whether you want dental veneers to enhance your smile or address other dental health issues, our dentists have the expertise to get you the most viable solution. For more information or to book a consultation, please fill out the form below.

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