Dental Veneers to Improve the Appearance of the Smile

The placement of dental veneers is a minimally invasive technique whose results confer, in most cases, an increase in the patient’s self-esteem.

Dental veneers are a type of dental treatment used in patients who need to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smile. It consists of placing an acrylic cover on the tooth that mimics its appearance. For this, the tone, brightness, size and curvature of the tooth are studied to ensure that it fits with the rest of the pieces and is as natural as possible. This aesthetic procedure can be carried out on all teeth or on any dental piece, according to the needs of each patient. It is usually done on the front front that goes from the canine on one side to the canine on the other side, which is the part that is visible when smiling. Dental veneers can be of two types.

What types of veneers are there?

Resin or composite veneers

They are made in the dentist’s own office (usually an expert in dental aesthetics) using acrylic or composite resin, which is the same material that is used in the filling of teeth affected by caries . Its thickness is usually 0.3-0.5 mm.
To place a composite veneer it is necessary to prepare the face of the tooth where it is to be bonded by means of a minimum milling of the surface and an acid etching that guarantees the fixation of the adhesive cement and the composite. After placing the composite or acrylic material, the polishing bur will be passed over the surface to guarantee the desired aesthetic quality. One or two veneers are usually placed at each dental visit. Anesthesia may be required for tooth surface preparation prior to veneer placement.

Porcelain or ceramic veneers

Porcelain or ceramic veneers are made in the dental laboratory from impressions or molds taken in the dental office. They look similar to a false nail and are placed on the exposed face of the tooth.
The advantage is that all the veneers can be placed in a single session and infiltration of anesthesia is not necessary. In both cases, the adhesion to the tooth is made by using a specific adhesive material that gives it stability, hardness and resistance to wear. The results are excellent, although the price is much higher for veneers made in the laboratory.

Prices of dental veneers

As for the price of resin veneers, they are usually cheaper, between 150-200 euros each. Although sometimes full coverage of the entire exposed face is not necessary, so the price could be lower. As for porcelain or ceramic veneers, their unit price is somewhat higher, each veneer being able to cost around 600 euros.

How are they placed?

Dental veneers are placed on the visible face of the tooth through the use of a specific adhesive material that allows the cover to adhere permanently to the tooth. Before doing so, the condition of the tooth is analyzed to make sure it is healthy.
If we are going to place several veneers, we must develop a personalized design of the entire mouth, ideally with a virtual simulation that allows the patient to get an idea of what the final result will be. If only one veneer is placed, the next tooth is usually taken with reference.
What you should know…

  • Dental veneers can be of two types: resin and porcelain or ceramic.
  • The resin ones are placed one or two at each dental visit, while the advantage of the porcelain ones is that all the precise veneers can be placed in a single session.
  • The results are excellent, although the price is much higher in the case of these veneers made in the laboratory.

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