Dental veneers

Dental veneers and dental cosmetics in Alicante

Dental veneers are one of the most demanded and effective treatments in cosmetic dentistry. This is because it ensures a natural and attractive smile by correcting the colour, shape or position of your teeth.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin shells that are custom-made for each patient and bonded to the visible side of your tooth by means of a simple and painless procedure.

What types of veneers are there?

Veneers can be made of lithium disilicate, zirconium, composite or ceramic. At IGB dental we mainly use the first type because they are more durable thanks to the higher quality materials and because they represent a breakthrough in oral health and digital CAD/CAM dentistry.

Keep reading to find out more.

What are the best dental veneers?

Ideally, an initial assessment should determine the best option for the patient. Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite veneers but they are more expensive. As for lithium disilicate, it is a new material that, as well as being aesthetically pleasing, provides great strength, greater durability and allows work to be carried out quickly and effectively, which is why it will gradually replace other materials.

Who can have dental veneers? Who are they recommended for?

Veneers are suitable for patients, adult, youngsters or elderly, with sufficient tooth enamel and dentine, in order for the veneer to have a strong bonding surface. Patients must also have good oral health, with healthy teeth and gums, and dental hygiene, as the veneers are fitted to the surface of the original teeth.

In which cases is it advisable to have dental veneers?

Veneers are designed for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile while making it look natural. They can also be used to change the original colour of your teeth (if they are yellowish or brownish and you want them to be whiter), to cover imperfections or breaks, to cover the space between teeth if they are separated, or to correct the position, shape and size of your teeth.

Other frequently asked questions about veneers

Can veneers fall out?

This can only happen if the patient has certain habits where the veneers are subjected to too much stress and may break, such as bruxism, onychophagia, tendencies to bite on very hard objects or to cut threads frequently.

Do veneers damage your teeth?

After the veneers are fitted, and depending on the type of veneers, your teeth will be ground down, which may be considered an alteration. However, the grinding is usually very slight and hardly noticeable. With lithium disilicate, however, the veneers are so thin that in some cases your teeth do not need to be ground down at all.

Which is better, braces or veneers?

It depends on the purpose and the patient’s oral condition. Veneers make your teeth more aesthetically pleasing, while braces make your mouth more functional and are used for issues such as bite problems or malposition. Sometimes veneers are complementary after orthodontic treatment, to improve aesthetics, once your teeth are in a better position.

Teeth whitening or veneers?

Preference will be determined after an initial assessment, in agreement with the patient. Both treatments improve your smile aesthetics and are complementary, but they are different. Whitening removes shallow stains, while veneers can correct minor anomalies related to shape, size and position, as well as modifying colour.

Are veneers the same as crowns and caps?

Like veneers, crowns, also known as dental caps, are intended to make your teeth more attractive, but they are also used in cases of severe damage, such as in the case of broken teeth. Crowns involve a more thorough and less conservative preparation of your tooth as more of it must be ground down.

How should veneers be maintained?

They should be treated in the same way as your original teeth: brushing three times a day and flossing. It is advisable to use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and to wear a mouth guard at night in cases of bruxism, so as not to damage the veneers.

Are veneers really expensive?

Prices can range from €150-250 per composite veneer, €350-450 for porcelain veneers and €350-450 for lithium disilicate veneers.

LITHIUM DISILICATE VENEERS

These veneers are thin films (approximately 0.3 millimetres thick) made of lithium disilicate, which is derived from a combination of ceramic and glass (with LS2 disilicate).

What are lithium disilicate veneers?

These innovative veneers have become the main choice for dental veneer treatments, due to their new and innovative material, a benchmark in the dental sector. Lithium disilicate offers great strength and durability, while offering laboratories the ability to work faster and more efficiently thanks to CAD/CAM technology, allowing us to digitally design and then finish using the latest generation of milling machines.

How are lithium disilicate veneers made?

By means of a process to control the nucleation and crystallisation of glass, through the application of heat. If you need more information regarding this process, you can make a free appointment and a doctor will answer all your questions in person.

How are lithium disilicate veneers fitted?

They are fitted in one session, by means of a simple and painless treatment. The veneers are so thin that in some cases your teeth do not need to be ground down. The veneers are fitted to the visible side of your teeth with a special bonding agent, which can be removed for any reason without affecting your teeth.

How long do lithium disilicate veneers last?

There is no exact period, it depends on maintaining good hygiene and having annual check-ups.

What should I do if my lithium disilicate veneers break?

Given the strength of the material, it is very difficult for them to get damaged or break. In the event of any problem, the veneer must be removed and replaced with a new one.

Characteristics

  1. Unbeatable aesthetics, nobody notices that you are wearing them.
  2. They are very thin and comfortable, fitting snugly to your teeth and gums.
  3. Minimal tooth grinding.
  4. Easy to fit in just a few sessions.
  5. It is sometimes reversible because your teeth are barely touched.
  6. Long lasting, resistant and flexible.
  7. They maintain their colour and shape.
  8. They are the most expensive type of veneers.

COMPOSITE OR RESIN VENEERS

It is a layer of synthetic resin that is fitted to the outside of your tooth and adheres to it as it hardens. It is moulded, shaped and coloured in the same session.

What are composite veneers?

It is currently one of the most widely used materials for veneers due to their aesthetic appeal. Since they are fitted on top of your teeth, your teeth do not need to be ground down. They are reversible, so if you do not like them you can remove them and return to your original situation. They are fitted in just one day. They can be easily retouched. The disadvantage is that over time they can suffer colour changes, but this can be corrected with small touch-ups.

How is the treatment performed?

As with ceramic veneers, in order to fit composite veneers the patient’s mouth must first be examined by means of a preliminary study. In this case, composite veneers are handmade directly on the patient’s teeth. Although the work is more complex and precise, the results are very natural looking.

First the bonding agent is placed on your tooth structure, then a light curing process is carried out, the composite is fitted and, finally, they are polished to achieve a natural finish

When are composite veneers recommended?

If the correction of the defect related to shape, colour, size or position is to be made on a single tooth, composite is preferable, as it is easier to match the colour of the veneer to the rest of your teeth.

Can composite veneers become stained?

Yes, stains can be observed after 2 to 5 years, depending on the patient’s habits (smoking, drinking tea and coffee, etc.). However, at maintenance visits to the dentist, we polish and assess the veneers for any possible changes.

Characteristics

  1. Highly aesthetic.
  2. Handmade on your tooth.
  3. Quick, easy and painless fitting.
  4. Teeth are not ground down.
  5. They can be removed and touched up.
  6. Stains may be observed from 2 years onwards.
  7. They are the cheapest.

PORCELAIN VENEERS

A thin layer of porcelain bonded to the surface of the treated tooth, which replaces the visible side of your tooth.

What do porcelain veneers consist of?

These bonded veneers improve the position, colour, size and shape of your teeth. They are meticulously manufactured by the laboratory to achieve the best aesthetics, brightness and luminosity. They are recommended for patients who need small changes in shape or colour.

How are porcelain veneers fitted?

Before fitting dental veneers, a general check-up is necessary to assess the patient’s condition and guarantee a successful result.

They are fitted in a very similar way to lithium disilicate veneers.

Is the fitting process painful?

The fitting process is not painful, in fact, no local anaesthetic is required. However, you may feel some discomfort around the gums or even a little tenderness afterwards, but in a couple of days, everything should be back to normal.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

This depends on factors such as use and care. On average, they last between 10 and 15 years, and if well cared for, even longer.

Can porcelain veneers stain?

No, these veneers do not change colour over time, not even with tea, wine or tobacco.

Characteristics

  1. Unbeatable aesthetics.
  2. Painless process with no local anaesthetic necessary.
  3. Two sessions necessary.
  4. They last between 10 and 15 years.
  5. They do not stain.
  6. Break-resistant.

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