Dental veneers also referred as porcelain veneers or laminates which are tooth-colored thin materials customized/designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Veneers help improve your teeth appearance by covering the malfunctions of your teeth like chipped or cracked teeth. These shells are bonded to the front surface of the teeth helping change their color, shape, size, or length.
Various types of veneers are available today, like porcelain, zirconium veneers, palatal porcelain veneers, resin veneers, and many more. But, ultra-thin veneers, also called lumineers are rapidly becoming a highly sought-after service in cosmetic dentistry. Similar to porcelain veneers, they can alter the symmetry and shape of your teeth or rectify any misalignment. Even though thin veneers are quite challenging to design, they are eventually the most sought veneers today.
Usually, porcelain veneers less than 0.5 mm are very weak and can break easily. Dentists decrease the enamel to make room for the veneers on your teeth' surface. Unlike porcelain veneers, thin veneers need significantly less enamel reduction. They are best for those patients who need veneers but are worried their enamel will be removed from their teeth.
Are you a good candidate for thin veneers?
Thin veneers provide you with a stunningly restored smile and are a more conventional approach when compared with old veneers. Unlike more opaque zirconium veneers, these thin veneers are made of ceramic sheets with transparent qualities that work similarly to contact lenses. It makes the best choice for those patients with minimum but pressing cosmetic requirements. Lying over your tooth surface, thin veneers allows your teeth' natural color to be seen. Moreover, they also mask all kinds of imperfections and slight stains.
If you require a small improvement in the shape and alignment of teeth, you are a good candidate for thin veneers. Some patients might need more exclusive tooth reduction to meet their cosmetic goals. Those with no gaps between the teeth and negligible gum recession are the best candidates for thin veneers.
Now the question is, how long does it take to get thin veneers?
It all depends on the kind and level of quality veneer you are obtaining. An average dental clinic can hand the teeth on the same day or within two weeks. Only some mass-producing units can return the case in two weeks. If it takes one day, the dentist has done it all alone. Some of the dentists are very good at ceramics work. Present-day dentists are attempting to be technicians also.
For making veneers, a dentist who is an expert in aesthetic work will work in close association with a ceramic expert. The high-quality lab takes more time to deliver. They can take 4 – 5 weeks after the impression appointment to return the finished restorations. There is minimal drilling down of teeth. Therefore, no temporary veneers are needed while waiting for the final product. As soon as repairs are finished, a cosmetic dentist will make the bond with your teeth.
Here are a few benefits of thin veneers.
For many patients, thin veneers are considered one of the best choices for replacing the old bonding. Their look matches with natural and aligned teeth while preserving oral health.
Best quality ceramic materials designed for laminates are highly dense and polished. They rarely get stained. Some of the premium quality versions have a maximum of its pigments buried in the glass body. When the surface starts wearing, there is no loss in original shading. Many offices are milled, and same-day teeth cover consists of some surface stains, which helps them blend better. Such kind of porcelain laminate eventually gets brighter when the superficial color starts fading.
Get a perfect smile with these thin veneers.
Production of these less invasive repairs needs some unique porcelain available in the dental market. Some highly skilled and good training is required for this service. Such kinds of thin veneers are often used to correct a lot of patients' cosmetic dental problems. It is cosmetic dentistry that protects your enamel.
If you are thinking of enhancing your smile, it's essential to talk to a dentist about all options available. It would help if you considered many factors that involve the health and state of your teeth, your budget, and the procedure. It might be a good option for you, but you should discuss all possibilities before making your final decision.
About the Author:
Suprithi Choudhary, M.Pharm (Pharmacology) Medical Content writer
Suprithi is a Pharma Professional working as a medical content writer and previously worked as a Research Scientist and Senior Research Analyst
Special thanks to Dr Deepak Kulkarni, a dental surgeon with over 23 years of experience who proofread this blog. He graduated from the H.K.E's Dental College, Gulbarga, and has certifications in ACHS International Accreditation Education Plan; Advanced Rotary Endodontic - Restorative Continuum; and Leadership, Team Building and Customer Service Leadership from the Oscar Murphy International.