What do Veneers Cover?
Veneers may cover the entire labial (front) surface of the anterior (front) teeth or just a part of the surface. In broken or decayed teeth, the veneers may cover more tooth surfaces. They may also cover parts of the back or the sides of a tooth. In those cases, they resemble a partial crown. Therefore, the term “Partial coverage restorations” describes those extended veneers or partial crowns. This is in contrast to “full-coverage restorations” which are the traditional dental crowns.
Veneers can also be a treatment option for back teeth. They can cover the occlusal (top) part of the tooth as well as the buccal part (outside part). The term for these restorations often is “overlays”, “onlays”, or “tabletops”.
Veneers Treatment Process
The diagnostic and examination phase of the treatment is of high importance. It identifies possible oral health concerns that we will address before proceeding to the veneer treatment. It also helps to point out the individual aesthetic needs of the patient.
Contemporary imaging technologies allow the patient to preview and evaluate the expected results. Together with your dentist, you will determine the shade, shape, and appearance of the veneers and receive your customised treatment.
After agreeing on the treatment plan, your dentist will prepare your natural tooth by minimally reshaping it to provide the best fit for the veneer.
If the treatment involves direct composite resin veneers, your dentist will apply an appropriately shaded composite to the teeth. In addition, extra layers of composite may help to build the veneer to the correct shape, length, and form to match the neighbouring teeth or to establish the desired outcome.
Our practitioner will put finishing touches on your veneers using burs and polishers to create a vital, natural, and lifelike smile.
If the treatment requires indirect porcelain veneers, we will take an impression (either analogue or digital) of your teeth. Our team will send this impression to our modern dental laboratory where highly skilled and trained technicians will professionally fabricate your veneers.
Types of Dental Veneers
We can distinguish between four different types of veneers; traditional porcelain, prep-less, mini, and composite resin veneers.
Traditional Porcelain Veneers
These are thin pieces of ceramic material (thickness as less as 0.3-0.5 mm) which are bonded on the teeth with suitable adhesive systems.
Generally, dental veneers address smile imperfections related to the colour, shape, and alignment of the teeth.
They can assist in “smile makeover” with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. The major advantages of porcelain veneers are minimal intervention (grinding) of teeth, excellent aesthetic performance, and excellent mechanical strength.
Prep-less Porcelain Veneers
In selected clinical cases, it is possible to improve the aesthetics of the smile using porcelain veneers without removing structure of the existing tooth. The name of these restorations is prep-less veneers.
The veneer covers the entire front surface of the tooth and commonly also extends over the back of the tooth. There minimum thickness can be as less as 0.1 mm, about as much of a thickness as a contact lens. This treatment option may be the right solution for patients that desire an improvement of their smile and have natural teeth without extended decay or discolouration.
These are partial ceramic (porcelain) veneers that do not cover the entire front surface of the tooth. Quite often they are prep-less veneers. They replace missing parts of the tooth without the need of removing additional tooth structure. They can restore chipped teeth, small diastemas (gaps) between teeth or small inconsistencies in the shape of selected teeth.
Composite Resin Veneers
This type consist of composite resin that is bonded on the tooth surface. Your dentist will apply appropriately shaded composite resins in layers on your tooth surface. A successful application of the composite layers then allows the veneered tooth to have the correct shape, length, and form and match the neighbouring teeth. They are an attractive and relatively inexpensive alternative to ceramic veneers. The name of this procedure is “bonding”.