Porcelain veneers commonly used as a treatment modality for Smile Enhancement are thin shells of ceramic that are bonded to the teeth in order to change the color, tooth position, form or shape and enhance the smile with an aesthetic appearance. They provide strength and resilience, which is comparable to natural tooth enamel.
In the first appointment, a study model is prepared. The study model is used to make a wax up or mock up to give the patient an idea of the final outcome, which is decided by our aesthetic dentist using, the principles of digital smile design. In the second appointment, after minimal preparation of the teeth, impressions are made. Temporary restorations are fabricated immediately. In the next appointment a trial of the veneers is done, to check the aesthetics and they are subsequently bonded to the tooth to provide the required Cosmetic change.
One sitting Composite veneers or Luminaires option is also available. However these have a limited life span and are recommended, for a quick fix. Ceramic veneers are generally preferred as a more permanent and aesthtic option!
Indications: To improve shape, size, color, or position of teeth, To enhance your smile.
Dr. Burzin Khan - Chief Dentist
Prosthodontist & Implantologist
Dr. Anubha Jain
General & Aesthetic Dentist & Implantologist
Dr. Ektaa Sheth
Dr. Niralee Shah
Prosthodontist & General Dentist
Dr. Ritika Parikh
Dr. Burzin Khan, Dr. Anubha Jain, Dr. Ektaa Sheth, Dr. Niralee Shah & Dr. Ritika Parikh
General and Implant Dentist
Frequently Asked Questions.(FAQ)
While dental veneers cannot replace missing or broken teeth, they can effectively correct the appearance of:
- Damaged teeth
- Small teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps or spacing between teeth
- Permanently discolored teeth
If you do have missing or broken teeth that you would like repaired, dental crowns are available to treat these problems.
Crowns cover and encase the entire tooth, while a porcelain veneer strictly covers the front side of the tooth that shows when a person smiles. Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are also different because of their relative thickness.
Because porcelain veneers are thin and cover less of the tooth surface, they require less re-shaping of the tooth than a crown, thereby conserving more of your natural tooth structure. They are hence sometimes referred to as minimal or no preparation restorations, ‘Thinneers’.
Dental Veneers can be made using Composite resin or Ceramic. When Composite Resin is used as a veneering material it is done as a direct – chair procedure– for build up & shaping in the mouth. However with Ceramic, preparing the teeth for veneers is followed by impressions and fabrication in the dental laboratory. These are then permanently cemented using resin cement. Therefore this is a two-stage procedure.
Composite Resin veneers over a period of time can discolor or chip and may need maintainance or periodic redoing. However, Ceramic veneers are resistant to staining and are a permanent option.
Ceramic veneers offer a permanent solution. With regular oral hygiene maintenance and dental checkups, your ceramic veneers will remain as good as new. Although the veneer is a thin shell of ceramic, once bonded with the tooth, it forms a single entity with the underlying tooth structure.
Depending on the material of the veneers, the time & costs vary. Composite resin Veneers done chairside are an immediate fix but Ceramic veneers taken about 4-7 days for fabrication at the laboratory followed by trial & then cementation. Initially a wax up is prepared & a mock transfer is done in the mouth to indicate the degree of aesthetic correction. To find out more call us at Opus Dental Specialities.
Lumineers are minimal or no preparation veneers of a particular brand of porcelain that can be fitted to your existing teeth without much or no grinding. Hence these are indicated only in situations where there is very minimal correction of teeth that is required. As they are very thin there is limitation to the aesthetic outcome and often the junction between the lumineer & natural tooth may be difficult to mask. To know what works best for your smile, a consult for a digital set up & wax up helps the Dentist determine the indication.
They are prefabricated veneer shells made of reinforced composite resin and can be directly glued on to the tooth enamel. They are available in different shapes and shades to customize according to the patients requirements and can be fitted with minimal or no preparation of the teeth.
Componeers as compared to veneers have a limited life and are indicated for a quick fix situation where a single visit to the dentist is all that is needed for a brighter and whiter smile…!