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We all want a smile that is as beautiful and natural as possible.
Progresses in the field of dental materials, laboratory and practice techniques allow for a spectacular improvement of the smile, with the aid of DENTAL VENEERS.
Also called "enamel replacements", they are thin ceramic laminates that are attached through a specific technique to the surface of the tooth. The purpose of veneers is to make teeth look amazingly natural, so that no one looking at them can figure out the secret. The benefit of veneers is represented by the minimally invasive technique: they require a minimum polishing of the teeth, and, in some cases, no polishing at all.
When can veneers be applied:
- The tooth on which the application is performed has to have sufficient enamel, meaning it must not have large obturations or a removed nerve. The existing amount of enamel ensures the veneer’s resistance over time.
- Oral hygiene must be impeccable, otherwise, the gum will be damaged and cavities will appear at the edge between the tooth and the veneer.
- The occlusion (bite) has to be balanced, the lateral teeth must ensure an effective mastication.
- People who grind their teeth (bruxism) or who have the habit of chewing bones may chip the veneers. They may receive veneer treatment if they act in an aware manner, each night, wearing a bite guard and giving up their harmful habits.
- Veneers can be applied to change the color of teeth that have been stained by tetracycline (the tetracycline taken by children colors developing teeth; it is no longer administered to children), by fluorosis (the excess administration of fluoride stains the teeth, turning them yellowish) or teeth that became yellow due to age or the consumption of coffee, tobacco. In these cases, prior to the application of the veneers, their whitening may be attempted and, if the final results are not satisfying, it may be proceeded with the application of the veneers.
- Through veneers, an unattractive shape of the teeth can be modified: triangular teeth can be remodeled, short teeth can be made longer, to provide balanced length/width proportion. If the lateral incisors did not develop, the canines erupting next to the central incisors may be turned into lateral incisors, for a more balanced smile.
- If the teeth are slightly cramped and the orthodontic treatment is refused, they can be aligned with the aid of veneers.
- Teeth that have been subject to trauma and became chipped or fractured may be reconstructed with the aid of veneers. Besides from the aesthetic recovery, they also provide increased resistance.
- Dental abrasion and erosion cause an important loss of dental matter. Veneers are the minimally invasive treatment recommended in these cases. However, patients that have such issues must be aware that the obtained results will last over time only if they give up their harmful habits, which initially caused the teeth damage. The night guard will have to be worn conscientiously.
- The teeth gap, the diastema, can be closed orthodontically or through veneers. The width of the 2 teeth, however, should not become excessive, which is why an orthodontic treatment is sometimes previously required, to redistribute the space between all 4 incisors.
- Teeth with white or brown dystrophic stains on their surface may be corrected through veneers.