Aesthetic ceramic veneers for the front teeth
Teeth stand at the centre of people’s perception of aesthetic beauty. That’s why beautiful, white teeth with healthy tooth material is seen as a sign of beauty and elegance. Many patients yearn for a long-lasting, radiant smile, without unsightly dark tooth discolouration or misalignments. To achieve this, the right solution may in many cases be to use beautiful and completely natural ceramic veneers that protect the natural tooth material.
“Veneer” is the term used by dentists to refer to this treatment with thin layers of ceramic material. Veneer is its origins means a covering or outer-layer. They help patients to achieve a perfect, white, blemish-free, and most importantly, beautiful smile.
Various techniques are available for this treatment: Plastic veneers: easy to make, simple to apply. Disadvantages include severe discolouration of the porous surface and easy wear which means significant defects can form even after just short time periods.
Lumineers: Lumineers is the brand name for a type of very thin veneer which can usually be applied to the surface of the tooth without need for grinding down the tooth surface (“non-prep”). In the case of Lumineers and similar non-prep techniques, only wafer-thin ceramic veneers are available, as otherwise the final look makes the shape of the tooth appear too big. This leads to a large restriction of the possible treatment outcomes in terms of selecting colour and adapting the tooth shape, let alone stability problems that may arise.
Veneers: after the visible portion of the tooth is ground down, the custom-manufactured ceramic veneer, personalised for shape, colour and structure, is bonded to the prepared (ground down) tooth surface. This is the result of continuous development of the so-called “Hollywood technique”, which was developed in as early as 1937 by a dentist named C. Pincus. It was used for filming in cases of famous patients such as Marilyn Monroe or James Dean.
When can veneers bring the most advantages as a dental treatment?
In particular slight misalignments or discolourations of the teeth can be resolved using veneers. Gaps between teeth can also be closed up, and crooked teeth can be made to look straighter. In the case of all veneers treatments, the colour can be adapted to the colour of the natural teeth, and the veneers can be shaped according to each patient’s desired look.
People are often not satisfied with the shape of their teeth or have chipped teeth: treating the front teeth with veneers in these cases can often help to achieve a patient’s dream smile in terms of both shape and colour.
Our practices have their own dental laboratories, where our specialised dental technicians work with these high-strength ceramic veneers. They manufacture the veneers on an individual basis, according to each patient’s wishes.
The treatment is applied by the dentist, ensuring the highest quality results whilst protecting the teeth.
In the past, patients that wanted to improve the appearance of their teeth would need to have those teeth completely ground down, and a crown applied. Nowadays, many dentists use different techniques. By using innovative technologies from the field of aesthetic dentistry, we are able to reduce the tooth grinding to a minimum.
In many cases, only the uppermost tooth material needs to be roughened up, followed by a second step: application of the ceramic veneer.
A highly effective bonding process is used when applying the veneers. This special bonding process creates a particularly strong bond between tooth and veneer.
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Frequently asked questions
What are veneers?
A veneer is a thin ceramic layer, which is applied only to the visible surfaces of the tooth in a strong bonding process. The advantage they offer over crowns is that only the visible area of the tooth requires preparation (roughening and/or grinding down).
When might veneers be useful in my case?
In cases of misaligned teeth in the front tooth area, (“crooked teeth”)
In cases of visible tooth gaps
In cases of visible cracks and fissures in the tooth enamel
In cases where teeth are permanently discoloured
In cases of chipped or damaged tooth edges
In cases where the teeth are too small or underdeveloped