Natural beauty and Hollywood-style smile are main goals of esthetic dentistry, and today achieving great results in this field is not something out of the ordinary: modern clinics and experienced dentists possess everything they need to eliminate both inborn and acquired denture defects. Chips, worn spots, unpleasant enamel colour – to eliminate all these troubles and create right shapes, veneers are used in modern esthetic dentistry.
Using dental veneers can help you get a beautiful smile. And smile, as we know, is one of the most important signs of a person’s attractiveness. But many of us like to eat too many sweet things, some have bad habits, some like coffee and some couldn’t have avoided mechanical damage of their teeth. The result is discoloration, chips and other unpleasant defects which affect people’s perception of us. This is why people choose to install veneers on one tooth or even a set of teeth.
What to choose: types of dental veneers
Veneer coatings can be divided into several kinds by method of their manufacturing and by materials used, as well as by installation technique. It is impossible to say which veneers are best. The choice is individual and depends on price, durability, installation or maintenance difficulties.
Types of veneer coatings by material
Ceramic veneers are made from medical porcelain or highly transparent ceramics. Before installing such element, tooth surface is ground off. The plate is not very thick – about 0.5 mm (compare: good contact lenses are about 0.8 mm thick).
Specifics of ceramic veneer installation make it an effective tool not only for changing tooth colour and protecting it from further damage, but also for changing tooth shape and adjusting the gaps between teeth.
Ceramic veneers are expensive, and patients’ feedback about them varies depending on how professionally they were installed. It is important to understand that the process of veneer installation cannot be turned backwards and they must be installed without any faults. Future success of a patient’s beaming smile considerably depends of their dental health (which must be checked before the procedure), quality of installation process, dentist’s expertise and materials used.
It is better to use products of reliable European manufacturers, such as: Procera, Lava Filtek, Supreme, Gradia, ZirconZahn, Ceramage.
IPS Empress veneers (leucite glass-ceramics, also known as non-metal ceramics) are similar to ceramic veneers but can be distinguished due to a number of specific features. IPS Empress company specializing in high-technology materials and paste-type dye designs these veneers. The main advantage of coatings produced by IPS Empress is that there is no need for preparation. There are also disadvantages: their veneers cost a lot and require regular maintenance.
Lumineers which are also called “Hollywood veneers” are made from superthin ceramics about 0.3 mm thick (German clinics also practice installation of “Hollywood veneers” which are 0.2 mm thick). Lumineers do not change their colour over time and can be easily taken off if necessary. It is important to remember that despite being really thin, lumineers are extremely durable. Their seeming fragility is only an illusion.
The main advantages of lumineers are: enamel is not taken off; the procedure is quick (in Germany installation of “Hollywood veneers” takes only two sessions) and painless (no anesthesia); no adaptation period – lumineers cannot be noticed (even if you shine a bright light on front teeth); top quality and safety of advanced materials for lumineering.
Esthetic “Hollywood veneers” can hide discoloration defects, chips and other deformed or worn spots, displaced teeth, wedge-shaped defects, dental fluorosis and other visible problems. It is an effective and reliable method of teeth alignment. The only disadvantage is the high price of materials, although they are worth it due to their high durability: lumineers can serve up to 15 years.
Zirconium veneers are considered the top-quality choice and rightly so. They can provide you with a beaming smile, they are safe and completely biocompatible. Zirconium oxide is safe and lasting but difficult to treat, which seriously affects the price of their installation, a complex and high-technology process: making a 3D-model of a tooth, turning zirconium on a milling machine, grinding enamel off and doing further elaborate work.
The advantages of zirconium veneers: teeth look natural in any lighting; drinks and tobacco do not colour zirconium; the material is non-allergic; zirconium oxide is highly durable despite its light weight; the material is resistant to temperature drop. Remember that their installation requires high-priced equipment and any faults can cause the plate to break and result in a mechanical injury of oral cavity.
A good German clinic with high-qualified dentists and positive feedback from patients can assure the success of surgery.
Composite veneers are made from the same flexible materials as fillings. They are shaped in the patient’s oral cavity (unlike all the above-mentioned kinds of veneers).
Composite veneers do not require teeth preparation and their installation takes only one session at the dentist’s. Unlike ceramic and other plates, composite veneers are less damage-tolerant, they cannot hide serious defects and their light resistance is considered to be average.
Types of dental veneers by installation method
Veneers can also be classified by method of their installation. Direct veneers are installed and shaped in the patient’s oral cavity while indirect ones are manufactured individually in a lab environment. Direct (therapeutic) manufacturing technique is used for composite veneers. If different types of ceramics or zirconium are used, they are installed indirectly (laboratory method).
The main rule is: veneers can be installed only on healthy teeth. It is inadmissible to leave a dangerous and probably growing disease under a plate, and this will never happen if you visit a good clinic. However, dental health is not the only thing which needs to be considered before veneer restoration.
Gritting of teeth, poor hygiene, allergy to some materials, pacemaker, retina diseases, malocclusion, bad habits – you can be refused veneer installation due to any of these reasons. Consult a specialist in a dental clinic before the surgery and, most importantly, choose esthetic surgeries only in reliable clinics. German Medical Group company is ready to help you and find the leading centres of esthetic dentistry in Germany.