This is the first step of your six parts journey into the complete guide on veneers. If you wish to know everything about veneers, this is where you start. This guide has been created by our dentist Dt. Cevahir Taşkın to help you have an in-depth understanding of this treatment.
We will discuss in this article what are veneers and everything you need to know about them. In the future, we will discuss the types of veneers, their average cost, information about medical tourism options, and the procedure and durability of veneers.
Veneers also called dental veneers or dental facets, are thin shells placed on the teeth. Veneers are used in dental procedures, and cosmetic procedures to correct or change the color, direction, location, shape, or length of the anterior teeth in the upper and/or lower arches.
Let’s get started: what are veneers?
Veneers are extremely thin, ranging from 0.5 to 0.7mm, shells imitating teeth made of ceramic, composite, or lithium disilicate. They conceal the patient’s teeth when discolored, misaligned, crooked, abnormal, over-spaced, chipped, or fractured teeth are present. They come in a multitude of varieties and colors.
The new dental facets will cover the entire visible surface of the tooth to conceal these problems. This means you’ll always need to have dental facets and, in case they get ruined or broken, you will need to replace them.
In short, dental facets are placed on top of the patient’s natural teeth, covering the visible area of the normal teeth, crafting a perfect smile with white and aesthetic teeth.
Veneers made simple: Dental facets are like a protective phone cover, but for your teeth. The phone cover prevents damage and covers a stained, scratched phone. Veneers do just the same but in a much more sophisticated way to your teeth.
Veneers made simple pt 2: Also, dental facets are like fake nails. It gets attached on top of your natural fingernails for aesthetic reasons but your fingernail will be there always under it.
Are veneers fake teeth?
No, veneers are not fake teeth. This question of are veneers false teeth is very common. They only cover the front of your teeth. Your teeth will need to be there always in the case of facets. The tooth and the facets are attached together so the veneer will just lay on top of it.
What does a veneer look like?
People are often curious about what veneers look like after they are placed. They are wafer-thin covers fixed on top of your tooth able to cover the entire surface. It’s designed to provide a brand new surface to your teeth, imitating teeth perfectly.
You can find facets in many forms, shapes, sizes, and materials while dentists customize them to treat your dental needs efficiently.
A correct application and an aesthetic approach will also help get a natural appearance and is crucial in avoiding an overdone look.Veneers from the top, front, and sides.
Will people notice I have veneers on?
Your facets should match your natural teeth because that’s what good veneers are supposed to do.
They are supposed to mask your issues in a way that people around you cannot tell the difference between real teeth and veneers. If for some reason, people notice you have them, it’s probably because of the astounding improvement you got on your teeth. A skillful dentist will make sure that your facets match your natural teeth. If you picked a professional dental service, nobody would be able to tell that you are wearing dental facets.
Will veneers change my face?
They won’t change the shape of your face or any part of it. But the smile is such an important part of your beautiful face you will look younger, and brighter and your new smile will make your face even more beautiful. Often, the shape of the veneer can be customized according to your face shape and to better suit your needs.
Are veneers permanent or are they reversible?
Dental facets are permanent and irreversible. The teeth can’t be uncovered after the teeth preparation for veneers, even if it’s conservative preparation. In case of broken or chipped facets, you need to get new ones immediately. This is part of the veneer’s maintenance routine, if you lose one you have to replace it right away.
The benefits of veneers: what are dental veneers for?
This is the ideal treatment for discolored teeth caused by amelogenesis imperfecta, tetracycline, and fluorosis; teeth damage, and stained teeth. Dental veneers help you resolve cosmetic issues related to your teeth. Here are the benefits of veneers:
- A minimal and invasive procedure
- Mostly natural-looking smile
- Easily maintained
Will veneers protect my teeth?
Yes, they protect your teeth creating a hard surface between your tooth and the outside agents. The dental facets will not only cover the tooth and give a pleasant look. It will also protect the tooth from the outside world, protecting them from possible chipping, hot-cold sensitivity, and possible staining.
You will still need proper care and oral health.
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Cons of veneers: problems you can’t solve with this treatment
Dental facets are a dental aesthetic treatment for people aiming to improve the look of their smile. They help with a wide range of problems. We are covering every dental issue like covering crooked, discolored, or unappealing teeth. Veneers have some side effects and limitations and are not always the right solution. So, here we will discuss what’s not possible to achieve with the use of this aesthetic treatment:
- Missing teeth can’t be replaced with dental veneers as you can only apply them to existing teeth. In case of tooth loss, the patient may need implants or dentures.
- Severe overcrowding is one of those untreated dental issues that doesn’t get fixed by applying veneers. This leads to oral hygiene problems and bite issues that could damage the dental facets. You may need orthodontic treatment.
- Cavities need to be addressed first because there could be problems with infections under the veneers.
- Bruxism or teeth grinding is an oral habit that won’t work with veneers. Because with this treatment too much pressure can be detrimental causing them to break.
In conclusion, for a personalized consultation and to find out which solution is right for you and your smile makeover, you can contact us here.
Can veneers replace missing teeth?
They are not substitutes for your teeth. This point is a point of confusion for so many people interested in this treatment. They are meant to cover just the front part – the visible part – of the teeth.
There will always be the need of keeping your teeth where you want veneers. If there’s a missing tooth you may need an implant. Dental facets are not the treatment for you.
Will veneers fix an overbite?
Dental facets are cosmetic treatments, meaning their only aim is to better the appearance of the smile. They will not solve your problem. They will cover it so it won’t be visible and you’ll be left with a perfect smile. If you have an overbite facet won’t be able to solve it. However, an experienced doctor may be able to create veneers so beautifully looking the overbite won’t be as much visible.
Get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to find the perfect solution for you!
Will veneers straighten my teeth?
No, they are just aesthetic treatments in cosmetic dentistry. Dental facets cannot change the shape, direction, or any anomaly of your teeth. They’re just applied for cosmetic and aesthetic reasons, to make your smile beautiful, to change the color. But underneath them, your teeth will still be the same.
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FAQ about the ideal candidate for veneers
To get your veneers, you just need to be at least 18 to 20 years old, have enough enamel* on your teeth, and have either misalignment, discoloration, light malocclusion**, and teeth still present to allow the placement of the veneer.
Fun fact: Tooth enamel it’s the hardest substance in the human body and it’s composed of 96% of minerals. For 26 more fun facts about teeth, don’t forget to check out our article!
How old do you have to be to get veneers?
Usually, you should wait until you are not a minor anymore (18+). Wait until you have completed the mental and physical growth process. However, we prefer patients at least 20-22 years of age.
First and foremost, the patient should be aware of their decision and understand every single detail of this treatment and how it is permanent and a lifelong commitment.
Secondly, the patient should be old enough to have finished the growth process so there won’t be any change to the teeth. A change in teeth shape or position will compromise the facets and may require a second set of them.
Can you get veneers when old age is approaching?
Yes, of course! There are no limitations on age when it comes to getting dental facets. So if you are asking yourself “Should seniors get veneers?” the answer is yes.
With age, your smile can lose its original beauty and become duller. If you want to have a white smile and an aesthetic smile veneers are for you. As long as teeth are present and your dentist advises you to, you can get veneers without any problem.
What if my teeth are tiny?
So, if you have small teeth and wondering if dental veneers are a good option for you, the short answer is yes! For the long answer, we have an entire article talking about getting veneers on small teeth, where you can learn about the process, the benefits, costs, and more!
Can you get veneers with bone loss?
Veneers will not help your bone loss problem. Actually, they could make it worse. If you have bone loss you should solve the problem by choosing the right dental treatment, then considering dental facets.
Can you get veneers with periodontal disease?
In short, no. For you to get veneers you should have healthy teeth and healthy gums. However, once your gum has been correctly treated and healed you will be able to get facets.
When were veneers invented?
Veneers were invented in 1928 when Dr. Pincus created its earliest form, a prosthesis attached to the front teeth meant to hide imperfections. These facets were fragile and not long-lasting or advanced as the ones we see today.
In 1937 he created a new version made from acrylic attached with denture adhesive. Again, this wasn’t very long-lasting and was considered more a temporary solution, for an event or short period of time. Think about the lasting period of a fake nail.
This treatment was meant for the rich and famous – from here starts the “Hollywood Smile” name – as it was extremely expensive, much more expensive than it is today.
In the 1950s, veneers were starting to be made out of resins or porcelain. Finally, in 1959 Dr. Buonocore invented the “etching technique”. He applied a mild acid to the teeth’ surface creating a rougher surface for the facet to attach longer. This made veneers more long-lasting and less expensive, requiring them to be reattached or recreated less.
What’s the first step If I want veneers?
The first step is to get in touch with us. Get in touch with our team and we will guide you step by step into the consultation with one of our doctors. You and the doctor will pick the best option for your need and your aim. From there, you won’t be alone any step of the way.