Direct and indirect veneers
An enchanting smile will open doors, remove obstacles and open the way to a fulfilling and happy life. A smile is like light: it shines on everything around it and charm everyone. People who are satisfied with their smile will be self-confident in their communication, and radiate inner calmness and harmony. It is important to know that imperfections are sometimes easy to correct, and we have several solutions from the simplest dental hygiene methods to teeth whitening to improve the appearance of our teeth.
There are two veneer technologies from the point of view of manufacturing and placement:
The direct veneer is layered on the tooth by the dentist. This technique is suitable for imitating all anatomical and colour aspects of teeth without sacrificing any dental material, while it is more assuring for the patient to know that their own teeth will be conserved. The treatment may be performed in a single sitting and the beautiful outcome is instantly enjoyable. Direct veneers are durable and offer a financially advantageous solution. We need to replace missing dental tissue when using these veneers, and these will have to suit the appearance of natural dental tissue and their spatial placement.
Filling materials prepared specifically for this purpose have unique characteristics: they will optically melt into their dental surroundings, are resilient to chewing, and their colour preservation is excellent. We also use veneers when the edges of frontal teeth have splintered, even after injuries, for misshapen teeth, for correcting larger gaps between them, for colour correction, and to alter the position, shape or surface structure of teeth.
The technique to change the position of teeth in intact dentition would be orthodontics, but many patients reject this due to lack of time or social reasons.
Indirect porcelain veneer
Porcelain (indirect) veneer is a thin porcelain plate prepared by the dental technician based on an imprint and fixed to the outer surface of the tooth by the dentist. Among its advantages is that the intervention only removes a small amount of dental material; the dentist will only polish off a thin layer from the lip-side of the tooth equalling the width of the veneer (0.5 – 1 – 1.5 mm).
The surface and colour of the veneer will remain the same even after years; there are no plaques due to the hardness and strength of the material. Since it contains no metal, it is suitable for people with metal allergies.
Using veneer ceramics is counter-indicated if the frontal teeth have substantial caries, a much too large filling, or if the patient has inadequate oral hygiene, irregular bite (overbite, frontal crossbite) or teeth grinding.
This technology is also counter-indicated if a tooth has been discoloured due to root canal treatment because the discolouration would show through. In such cases, we first need to make sure that root fillings are adequate, the possibly re-lighten the tooth with an inner whitening method. Preparing the veneer will depend on the results of the procedure.