The Ultimate Guide To Veneers Made Really Easy
Chapter 1: Veneers
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, informations about veneers in Turkey, and the procedure and durability of veneers. After reading this, you’ll become an expert on veneers. Also, you’ll be able to pick the best treatment for you and your dental health.
Veneers also called dental veneers or dental facets, are thin shells placed on the teeth made of composite, porcelain, or ceramic ranging from 0.5 to 0.7 mm of width. Veneers are used in dental procedures, cosmetic procedures, and orthodontics to correct or change the colour, direction, location, shape, or length of the anterior teeth in the upper and/or lower arches. 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. Therefore, they’re irreversible and permanent aesthetic treatments.
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 discoloured, misaligned, crooked, abnormal, over spaced, chipped or fractured teeth are present. They come in a multitude of varieties and colours. The new dental facets will cover the entire visible surface of the tooth to conceal these problems. Generally, this cosmetic dentistry procedure usually requires two or three dentist appointments and is permanent and irreversible. This means you’ll always need to have dental facets and, in case they get ruined or broken, you will need to replace them. So when you consider the veneers cost you may consider the possibility of having them replaced 5-20 years later.
Veneers made simple: Dental facets are like a protective phone cover for your phone, 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: 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 or substitute teeth. The veneers only cover the front of your teeth. The facets are just a cover for the tooth, imitating it perfectly so it stays natural and aesthetic. Your teeth will need to be there always in the case of veneers. You will need a tooth present to support the veneer. The tooth and the veneer are attached together so the veneer will just lay on top of it.
What Are Dental Veneers For?
Dental veneers help you resolve problems involving the health and aesthetic appearance of the teeth. Firstly, one advantage of this treatment is the ability to cover and handle different problems related to your teeth without having to undergo long, expensive, and painful procedures. Moreover, there’s a lot of problems dental this fantastic treatment can solve. But it’s important to note dental facets are only good for aesthetic problems and have no curative qualities.
This is the ideal treatment in case of:
- Discolored teeth caused by amelogenosis imperfecta, tetracycline, fluorosis 
- Teeth damage caused by eating disorders
- Stained or discolored teeth due to age, bad habits (smoking, alcohol, excessive consumption of sugar and coffee or tea)
- Irregular and unpleasant morphology of the teeth 
- Repair of chipped, fractured, and damaged teeth 
- Improvement of minor tooth alignment problems 
- Mending of fractured dental crowns and bridges 
- Elimination of sulcus between the anterior teeth
Above all, the dentist will analyze your teeth and your medical history. Certainly, it will be easy to determine if it’s the right solution for your dental and aesthetic needs. However, if you’re not a match the dentist will suggest the right treatment for you.
Can Veneers Replace Missing Teeth?
This point is a point of confusion for so many people interested in veneers. Veneers are not substitutes for your teeth. 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. It’s impossible to get veneers where there is a missing tooth, for example after an extraction.
If there’s a missing tooth you may need an implant. Dental facets are not the treatment for you.
We will see in the chapter dedicated to the procedure for dental facets that this treatment needs to have some teeth preparation. But it’s important to note this will leave your teeth exposed and without the protection of the outer layer of your enamel*. This is why dental facets are permanent and irreversible. The teeth can’t be uncovered from that moment on and in case of broken or chipped veneers, 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.
Are Veneers Permanent?
*Enamel: it’s the outer layer of the teeth, covering the outside crown of the tooth.
Fun fact: Tooth enamel it’s the hardest substance in the human body and it’s composed 96% of minerals.
Can Veneers Be Removed?
Yes, they can be removed. But, you can’t live without dental facets once you got them. You can remove veneers in case of chipping, breaking or removing them because of time. They are a permanent treatment and after being shaved your teeth will have to be covered forever. You won’t be able to remove veneers. Also, you always need to replace them in case of broken or chipped veneers.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate?
After understanding how the treatment works and going in-depth about these dental facets, it will be important to understand who can get them and who’s the ideal candidate for this treatment. To clarify, not everyone can resort to this treatment as a solution for dental problems.
The ideal candidate for veneers will have the following characteristics: 
- Has completed the growth process
- Doesn’t have teeth too stained or discolored for a simple whitening process
- Has stained teeth because of old fillings or tooth decay
- Doesn’t have teeth-grinding or bruxism
- Has enough enamel
- Maintains good oral hygiene
- Has deformed, chipped, crooked, and cracked teeth
- The teeth are not too crooked or misaligned because the facets can break.
- Doesn’t bite their nails
- Doesn’t present malocclusion (the arches do not coincide when closing)
- Is ready to avoid candy and hard foods, biting their nails and nibbling on pen caps, pencils or other objects
- Is ready for regular dental check-ups, at least annually at the dentist to maintain good oral hygiene and good gum health and avoid gum disease
- Understands that this treatment does not solve the problem of crooked teeth but only change their visible appearance
In conclusion, a consultation with your dentist will help determine if you are the ideal candidate for dental veneers.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Veneers?
So many patients wonder “how old do you have to be to get veneers”? and it’s important to specify there’s not one set age you can start getting this treatment. Usually, we wait until the patient is not a minor anymore and has completed the mental and physical growth process. So we wait until the patient is at least 18.
But why? First of all, dental facets are a permanent treatment so the patient should be aware of their decision and understand every single detail of this treatment and how it is permanent and a lifetime commitment. Secondly, the patient should be old enough to have finished to growth process so there won’t be any change to the teeth. A change in teeth shape or position will compromise the veneers and may require a second set of them.
Can You Get Veneers When Old Age Is Approaching?
It’s never too late to better your appearance and want your beautiful smile to be healthy and good-looking. 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. There are no limitations of age when it comes to getting dental facets. So if you are asking yourself “Should seniors get veneers?” the answer is yes. As long as teeth are present and your dentist advises you to, you can get veneers without any problem.
Can You Get Veneers When Pregnant?
There is no contraindication whatsoever when it comes to getting dental facets in pregnancy. The dental facets procedure is non-invasive and it has no risks for you or your baby. So, if you want to welcome your child into the world with a beautiful smile, you can do so.
However, we always recommend asking your OB-GYN’s opinion on the matter and then getting in touch with our dentists to find the perfect solution for you. In some cases, the OB-GYN may suggest waiting after the pregnancy to get veneers. In others, they will give you the green light to get the perfect smile you want.
Can You Get veneers With Missing Teeth?
No, if you want to get treatment for a missing tooth, facets are not for you. Dental facets always need a tooth behind them to be attached to.
Will Veneers Straighten My Teeth?
No, veneers are just an aesthetic treatment. Dental facets are not able to 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.
If you want a solution to straighten your teeth, you may need braces or an Invisalign. If you want to cover uneven or crooked teeth, dental facets are just what you need!
Will Veneers Fix An Overbite?
Veneers are part of Cosmetic Dentistry, meaning their only aim is to better the appearance of the smile. They will not solve your problem but cover it so it won’t be visible and you’ll be left with a perfect smile. If you have an overbite veneers 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.
Veneers are custom made so they will always be customized to your teeth and to your needs and desires.
Get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to find the perfect solution for you!
Veneers On Small Teeth
Having small teeth might be a cause of insecurity or anxiety in many people. While they do not necessarily mean there is anything medically wrong with your teeth, having small teeth might make you uncomfortable and self-conscious around social situations.
Small teeth may be caused by genetics or wear; they could get smaller with time due to teeth grinding and clenching. Teeth grinding can cause serious distress on the body and pose a significant risk to the patient’s overall health. The wear caused by teeth grinding leads to enamel loss and increases the risk of tooth decay.
Another reason might be that your teeth appear small because of alignment issues or gaps in between teeth. Whatever the reason, when the dental veneers are placed on small teeth, they will hide the problem areas under the prosthetic teeth.
It does not matter if you have issues with one tooth or a row of teeth, you can get veneers in each case because they are being made for individual teeth. So, if you have one small tooth in your upper teeth, the veneer will be made to look like it is naturally part of the rest of your teeth. If you just have gaps in your teeth but they are otherwise straight, having veneers could fix the gap between them without the need for orthodontic treatment.
So, if you have small teeth and wondering if dental veneers are a good option for you, the answer is absolute! Of course, as always with any dental treatment, be sure to make a consultation appointment first with your dentist to discuss your specific needs.
Do Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?
The short answer is no. During the veneers procedure, you only get a small layer of the teeth enamel removed without any damage to the teeth. This will make your teeth unable to be exposed in the future but veneers will protect the teeth from any problem such as sensitivity. Unexperienced doctors may shave too much, creating problems such as tooth sensitivity. This won’t be a problem at Dentfix. Dental facets help your teeth look better and won’t ruin your teeth!
Will Veneers Protect My Teeth?
As we explained in the previous paragraph, once the thin layer of enamel is removed to create the space for the dental facet, the inside part of the tooth will be exposed. 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.
So yes, veneers protect your teeth creating a hard surface between your tooth and the outside agents.
What Does a Veneer Look Like?
People are often curious about what do veneers look like after they are placed and if they will look like real teeth or somewhat fake and unappealing. Veneers are wafer-thin covers fixed on top of your tooth to improve or enhance your smile. A veneer is designed to provide a brand new surface to your teeth if you have dental issues like discolored teeth, stained or crooked teeth.
Dental veneers instantly brighten your smile without the need for a lengthy and invasive procedure. You can find veneers in many forms, shapes, sizes, and materials while dentists customize them to treat your dental needs efficiently.
Do Veneers Look Like Real Teeth?
Yes, they do, ideally. Dental facets are meant to replicate perfectly the surface of your teeth. They give a natural look and they should always look like real teeth. However, it depends also on the quality and types of veneers (Check Chapter 2 For Types) used and how skillfully your dentist bonds them. Every detail matters from the contours to the enamel shade of your veneer. If a veneer is done well and every detail is matched with your real teeth, then you don’t have to worry about them looking unnatural or fake. You will have a perfectly natural brand-new smile.
Why Do Some Veneers Look Fake?
Fake dental facets can be spotted easily if they don’t match your real teeth and something about them is noticeably odd. Veneers should ideally look as natural as possible and a qualified dentist will make sure your veneers don’t stand out in the wrong way. There are many ways one can tell your veneer looks fake or too unnatural.
Here are a few ways you can easily spot a fake-looking veneer:
- They are unnaturally white and there is a major color mismatch between your veneer and the rest of the teeth.
- The edges are pointed and sharp that looks odd as compared to the rest of your teeth.
- They have an extremely opaque or non-translucent appearance, i.e. light doesn’t pass through them. A normal porcelain veneer would be semi-translucent with a neutral enamel tone.
- No space between veneers that easily gives out that one is wearing a veneer. There should be little spaces between your veneers so that they can look completely natural.
- The veneers are too big or small for your face shape. The measurements of your veneer should compliment the shape of your face. For example, a heart-shaped face should have shorter and more rounded veneers. Whereas an oval-shaped face can easily pull off a more squared veneer.
Will People Notice I Have Veneers On?
A dental veneer is used to renew the surface of your worn-out tooth so that you have a more beautiful smile. In simple words, it means that your veneers should match your other 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.
A skilful dentist will make sure that your veneers match your natural teeth. If you picked a professional dental service, nobody would be able to tell that you are wearing veneers. If for some reason, people notice you have veneers, it’s probably because of the astounding improvement you got on your teeth and they knew your previous smile.
Pros and Cons of Dental Facets
Before undergoing any medical procedure, you must know the advantages and contraindications of aesthetic veneer treatment. Whether it is ceramic veneers or other materials, it will be important to be aware of the advantages of the veneers but also of the disadvantages and discuss them with your cosmetic dentist.
Therefore, we’ll explain now what the advantages and disadvantages of dental veneers are to help you make an informed choice and enjoy your new smile in total awareness for the rest of your life.
So, let’s take a look at PROS and CONS:
|Advantages of Veneers||Disadvantages of Veneers|
|Cover stains and discolourations||Irreversibile procedure|
|Cover crooked and misaligned teeth||Requires the filing of natural teeth|
|Don’t get stained||Not an everlasting treatment (15-20 years)|
|Long-lasting||Could lead to tooth sensitivity|
|Noninvasive procedure||Expensive in some Countries|
|Adapt to your teeth||Possibility of chipping|
|Don’t require excessive modification of the teeth||Require good oral hygiene and oral health|
|Create a perfect smile||Require new habits|
|Don’t change color in time||Not all are ideal candidates|
Problems You Can’t Solve With This Treatment
Dental veneers are a dental aesthetic treatment for people aiming to improve the look of their smile by covering crooked, discoloured, or unappealing teeth. Veneers have some 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: firstly, you can’t replace missing teeth with dental veneers as you can only apply them to existing teeth. In case of tooth loss, the patient may need another solution.
- Overcrowding: secondly, it is possible to apply veneers only with crooked and distant teeth but not with overcrowding because this leads to oral hygiene problems and bite problems that could damage the dental facets.
- Cavities: it is not possible to solve cavities problems because there could be problems with infections under the veneers. You should treat cavities with a filling.
- Bruxism or teeth grinding: People who grind or clench their teeth are not good candidates for this treatment because, over time, they will damage them by grinding, leading to eventual breakage.
In conclusion, whatever your problem is, it is possible to find a suitable and personalized solution to lead you to get a healthy and dazzling smile with no health problems related to the teeth.
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.
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 veneers 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 as temporary veneers, 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 veneer to attach longer. This made veneers more long-lasting and less expensive, requiring to be reattached or recreated less.
Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Facet
How Veneers Are Fitted?
The dentist will take a mould of your teeth structure so they can create custom-made facets for you and perfectly matches your teeth. The lack of dental veneers problems (Chapter 4) depends on the perfect fit with your natural teeth.
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 Worth It?
If you are tired of feeling uncomfortable with your teeth but you don’t want to go through long and invasive procedures such as braces, Invisalign, and continuous teeth whitening, veneers are for you. They’re the perfect solution to get a beautiful beaming smile. Facets are worth the price – especially in Turkey – cause they’re long-lasting and don’t require much maintenance. They’re easy to get and almost everyone can get them.
Can I Choose The Color Of The Veneers?
Yes, you and your dentist will pick together with the colour of the veneers that better suits your teeth and your wishes. The colour should always suit your smile and the surrounding teeth to look natural and aesthetic.
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.