Because a smile reflects the beauty of shape and spirit, everyone wants to improve the appearance of their teeth through dental veneers, especially as a result of the multiplicity of options in terms of type of veneer, cost, and suitability for each case.
Therefore, in this article from Opal Dental Clinics, we discuss the types of dental veneers, the advantages and disadvantages of each, highlighting the difference between veneers and Lumineers, so carry on reading.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are a thin shell that covers the surface of the front tooth to hide its defects such as fracture, pigmentation, cracking, slight crookedness, and other dental problems, which improves the smile.
These veneers are prepared in the dental laboratory from porcelain or composite resin according to the appropriate type for each patient’s need, with a color chosen to match the color of the skin and the color of the tooth itself.
Aesthetic benefits of dental veneers
- Improving the appearance of the smile.
- Hiding pigmentation in the tooth.
- Hiding fractures and cracks in the teeth.
- Filling the small gaps between the teeth.
- Correction of dental deformity.
- Improving the appearance of small teeth.
Cases that are not suitable for veneers
- Tooth decay.
- Infection with gum disease.
- Crookedness requires orthodontics first.
- The presence of wide cavities between the teeth.
- Serious oral health problems.
Types of dental veneers
First – Porcelain veneers
The Porcelain veneer is a thin porcelain lens with an average thickness of 0.5 millimeters, which covers the surface of the tooth to hide its obvious defects that appear when speaking and smiling.
Advantages of porcelain veneers
- Improve your smile.
- Hide any defect in the teeth.
- More resistant to stains and discoloration.
- It gives a natural appearance to the teeth.
- The most solid and crack-resistant type.
- It lasts on the teeth for up to 15 years.
Disadvantages of porcelain veneers
- It cannot be removed after polishing, because it is permanent.
- When broken or cracked, it cannot be repaired.
- When installing, the doctor removes part of the tooth enamel.
- Teeth may become sensitive due to exposure of part of the enamel.
Second – composite veneer
The composite veneer is a thin lens made of resin, with which the doctor restores the surface of the tooth that suffers from a defect or distortion in shape, size, or color.
Advantages of composite veneers
- Improving the appearance of the teeth.
- It is installed during one session.
- Easy to repair when cracked or broken.
- Repairing the facades of bridges and dental crowns.
- Less expensive than other types of crusts.
Disadvantages of Composite veneer
- The most susceptible to cracking.
- It is fast pigmented, so it needs periodic teeth whitening.
- Lasts up to 8 years only.
Third – the Lumineers
Lumineers is the commercial name for veneers, which are porcelain lenses with an average thickness of 0.3 mm, which are placed on the surface of the outer tooth to hide its defects.
Advantages of Lumineers
- Improve the beauty of the smile.
- gives the teeth a natural appearance.
- Covers old dental bridges or crowns.
- Less painful or complicated types of veneers.
- Not removing part of the tooth enamel, or removing a very small part.
- It lasts on the teeth for up to 20 years.
Disadvantages of Lumineers
- Less solid than veneers, and therefore more prone to cracking over time.
- Not suitable for teeth with structural damage or hyperpigmentation.
- Its installation results in a small ridge at the gum line, which may result in plaque retention.
- Results may appear larger or less natural than the veneers.
The difference between veneers and Lumineers
|Thicker and more durable||Less durable|
|Because it is thicker; When applied, part of the tooth enamel is removed||You may not need to remove part of the tooth enamel, and in some cases a very small part is removed|
|The patient is under anesthesia during installation||Installation without anesthesia|
|Very durable||More prone to cracking over time|
|Suitable for covering tough spots||Not suitable for heavy stains|
|It requires more preparation||Less preparation required|
|Lasts on teeth up to 15 years||Lasts on teeth up to 20 years|
|More expensive||lower cost|
Ways to take care of dental veneers?
- Daily brushing, toothpaste, rinsing and flossing.
- Wear a night guard to protect the veneers from breaking or cracking.
- Do not use veneer-covered teeth to bite hard foods.
- Avoid excessive intake of dark drinks, and quit smoking.
- Conduct a comprehensive dental examination at least once a year.
This was a quick review of the types of dental veneers in Opal Dental Clinics in Turkey, and the advantages and disadvantages of each, with an explanation of the difference between veneers and Lumineers so that you can select the appropriate option.
If you want to know which types of veneers are suitable for your teeth, contact us today at Opal Dental Clinics, and book an appointment with the most qualified doctors specializing in veneers in Turkey, to discuss the appropriate type for your case.
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