Dental veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are placed on your teeth to improve the color, size, and shape of your teeth. They also can correct irregularities such as chips or cracks, malalignment, or gaps and therefore make up a large part of restorative cosmetic dental treatment. Overall veneers can give you a dazzling Hollywood smile, improve your self-image and self-confidence and make you look and feel younger.
At your consultation with the dentist, you will be evaluated as to whether dental veneers are suitable for you. There are several factors such as your medical history, current health, and dental status, dental hygiene, tooth decay, gingivitis, severely crooked teeth that are very important. In the case that you grind or clench your teeth at night, a mouth guard may be made for you to wear to protect your teeth and veneers.
No, similar to a shell, a dental veneer primarily covers the front surface of the tooth improving the shape, structure, and color of the tooth itself with minimal tooth filing or preparation. In contrast, a crown covers the entire surface of the tooth, front and back and involves significant tooth filing.
Generally speaking, porcelain veneers, if made correctly, will not occupy much additional space in your mouth. They are made of thin porcelain and similar to a thin shell(false fingernail) placed on the surface of your tooth. However, if there are gaps to be filled, teeth that need to be straightened, or you request a change in tooth size or shape, you will feel the additional material in your mouth for a few weeks. Eventually, this will become very natural to you.
When you decide that you want to have veneers, you will need to explain to the dentist your wishes and desires about how you want your teeth to look. With the experience of the dentist and our 3-D smile design technology, we can prepare a model in advance to help you decide on the size, color, and shape. Porcelain veneers are made to look very realistic and natural giving you a younger, brighter look.
Yes, veneers are made with finely made, high quality, translucent porcelain so they look and feel as if they are your natural teeth. While in the process of being made, the dentist will match the color to your liking. The goal is to find the best solution and the best cosmetic image so the final veneer will have a healthy, natural appearance.
Taking care of dental veneers, crowns or lumineers requires maintenance such as good eating habits, good oral hygiene, and good physical health. There is no specific lifespan to a veneer. It may last 5-10 years or more. This really depends on you. The dentist will explain to you what the best practices are to keep them in the best possible condition over the long term.
Having dental veneers is not an uncomfortable process. There is minimal damage made to the tooth enamel in order to prepare it for the veneer. A few injections are given at the beginning of the treatment to make the overall experience as comfortable as possible.
Generally speaking, you should not experience any tooth sensitivity after the veneers are fixed into place. Some patients may experience sensitivity in the beginning, after the preparation of the teeth, until the point that they receive their final veneers. If you already have sensitive teeth, this feeling may be increased. In rare cases, sensitivity may persist for a short time after the completion of the treatment, but this should fade over the course of a few short days or weeks.
There are two disadvantages to having porcelain veneers. The first is that due to the tooth preparation or filing down of the enamel, porcelain veneers cannot be reversed. You will always need to cover the front of the tooth to prevent tooth decay. The second disadvantage is that if the tooth or veneer chips, cracks or breaks, you cannot simply fix it. The entire veneer will need to be removed and replaced. Proper care will prevent this.
Yes, veneers can be placed on all of your teeth or made only for the upper/lower front 6-8 teeth (smile teeth). However, depending on your situation, it may be better to have crowns put on your back teeth. They last longer and are more durable. Porcelain veneers can also be done together with dental implants.
You will be able to discuss this with your dentist at the consultation.
Yes, old veneers can be changed to an entirely new set if you are not happy with the size, shape, or color of your current veneers. Similarly, if they crack or chip, replacement is the only solution. In any case, if you’re not happy with the way your smile looks and appears, you can go for a brand new look. At Medi Tours Hungary, we can help you achieve this goal, but it’s up to you to decide to improve your self-image.