Have you ever wondered how Hollywood celebrities always have the most perfect teeth? More often than not it isn't good genes, their ideal smiles had been created by dentists using dental veneers. If you've been thinking of getting a complete smile makeover with dental veneers in Mallorca, here is all you need to know.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers also are very thin layers of a tooth-like white material, made in a specialist dental laboratory to resemble natural teeth. The dentist uses a special, very strong glue to fix them to the surface of your own teeth. They can be made specifically to the requirement of the patients, giving them the desired shape and shade allowing for a complete smile transformation.
What problems can veneers fix?
Our dentists use veneers to give patient complete makeovers, letting them achieve the perfect Hollywood smile. The issues that can be fixed with veneers include:
Yellow, stained teeth
Teeth that are not very noticeable when smiling
Gaps between teeth
What is the difference between porcelain or glass-ceramic veneers and composite veneers?
All of them are made in a dental laboratory by an experienced technician. Porcelain and glass ceramic are both extremely hard and durable whereas composite veneers are weaker but still strong enough to stay on your teeth for several years. The disadvantage of composite veneers is that they can become slightly discoloured over time but they are cheaper to make. Techniques exist that allow the dentist to make veneers in one day in the dental practice without the help of a dental laboratory but the quality of these materials is worse than those made by an experienced technician in a laboratory with special tools and equipment.
How long do veneers last, are they permanent?
Veneers are a long-term solution but they are not for life. Porcelain and glass ceramic veneers typically last 10-15 years, After this time, the bond between the tooth and the veneer deteriorates and is an entryway for caries. However, if the bond is made well, then in practice they can last even longer. Composite veneers, on the other hand, can be expected to last about 5 years.
Is the procedure painful?
Preparing the tooth surface for dental veneers and placing the finished veneers on the teeth is usually painless and does not require any anaesthetic injection. Sometimes, if you teeth are very bulky, placing a veneer on top would make it appear even more bulky which is undesired so the dentist might need to shave a small amount of the tooth surface and this would require an injection of anaesthetic. However, this is reserved only for some cases.
How do I take care of veneers?
You do not need to change your dental hygiene routine in a particular way to take care of your veneers. However, make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day or, even better, after every meal. Do not worry that your veneers will fall off when you brush, you can apply the same pressure as you normally would. Although veneers are extremely durable you should be careful when eating very hard foods so when eating things like nuts, use your back teeth or even chop them up into smaller pieces before you eat them.
Do veneers damage your teeth?
If the dentist has to shave off a small amount of tooth surface before affixing veneers this is not a cause for concern because this amount is insignificant and will not affect the health of your teeth.
Do veneers stain or chip?
When porcelain or glass composite veneers are fixed to the surface of the teeth they are extremely durable so they are unlikely to chip and they do not stain so, once you get them you will never have to whiten your teeth. This is a great solution for people who enjoy drinking tea, coffee and red wine which tend to stain teeth. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are weaker so more likely to chip and they can stain. Habits like clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, can be damaging to the veneers leading to them cracking so if you suffer from this condition, discuss with your dentist if veneers are an appropriate option for you, or maybe crowns would be better.