Veneers: The solution for discolored and crooked anterior teeth
Discolored and damaged teeth are unattractive. The solution: veneers. These wafer-thin ceramic bowls are glued to your teeth and make them shine again – a carefree, aesthetic smile is finally possible again. Learn here how the veneers are applied and inform yourself about advantages and disadvantages as well as risks.
What are veneers?
Veneers are very thin, translucent ceramic shells, which are attached to the dentist with a special adhesive on the teeth. They are a very popular procedure of aesthetic dentistry. In cases of discoloration, veneers can be an alternative to bleaching, because they make your teeth look white, gapless and even. Learn here how much veneers cost and what costs are covered by health insurance.
The different options for your beautiful smile
In this variant, a narrow layer (0.3 – 1mm) is removed on the corresponding side of the teeth to make room for the ceramic. This grinding can lead to toothache. Conventional trays are adapted to the shape of the teeth and the desired tooth color of the patient and usually last 5-10 years. At the latest after 10-15 years, an exchange is necessary.
Non-prep veneers and LumineersTM
In so-called non-prep veneers, which sometimes only have a layer thickness of 0.2 mm, a grinding of the teeth is no longer necessary and the risk of damage to the nerve in the tooth does not exist. They are gentle, but they are much shorter than conventional trays.
LumineersTM are among the non-prep ceramic shells. They have a high profile, which can be explained mainly by massive marketing.
Lumineers and other non-prep veneers are suitable for short-term use, because they can be removed almost without residue. However, they are extremely thin, which is why heavily discolored or crooked teeth may not be satisfactorily covered.
Veeners-to-go / instant veneers
Sofortveneers are attached in a single session. They are not manufactured in the dental laboratory, but are already prefabricated ceramic veneers in various shapes and sizes, which are glued directly.
In addition to the short treatment time, they are also cheaper and could be a way to keep Veneers costs low.
But they are not individually made and therefore not useful for all patients.
For whom are veneers suitable?
They are suitable for patients who want to whiten their incisors or correct tooth misalignments.
Veneers are suitable for:
- discolored teeth
- Tooth enamel defects
- slight misalignments
- small missing teeth or chipping
- irregular tooth surfaces
Veneers are not suitable for:
- gnashing of teeth
- Chewing finger nails
- Martial arts or ball sports where there is a risk of tooth injury
- big fillings
4 steps: This is the treatment
First step: investigation & preparation
First, a detailed consultation and examination by the treating dentist. You will receive a cost estimate, which you can examine in detail. The teeth are then thoroughly cleaned and possibly renewed older fillings or caries treated. Afterwards, the initial situation is documented photographically.
Second step: preparation
In a conventional ceramic veneer, the tooth to be treated is lightly abraded (0.3 – 1 mm) so that the veneers on the anterior teeth do not look unnaturally thick. How much tooth substance is exactly removed depends, among other things, on the malposition of the teeth or the degree of discoloration.
Third step: impression and fabrication
This is followed by a high-precision impression, so that the dental technician can produce the cup with an exact fit. A plastic temporary veneer can bridge the transitional period until the finished ceramic shell is inserted.
Fourth step: sticking
After preparation by a dental technician, the ceramic veneer is tried on at another appointment and finally glued together with good fit and aesthetics using a special adhesive. This bonding process takes about 20 minutes per tooth, but then you can immediately enjoy your radiant smile.
Advantages and disadvantages at a glance
- Grinding of healthy tooth substance necessary
- Pain on the teeth possible
- Partly short shelf life
- relatively high costs
- fast treatment
- aesthetic result
- Color and tooth shape indiv > Tooth filling, crown or veneers?
If it is not dental discoloration but damage to the surface of the tooth, the dentist will need to decide if it is better to use a veneer, crown, or fillings to repair the tooth damage. This depends on the degree of damage.
Cost transfer possible?
A crown is a medically necessary treatment, while a veneer is usually a cosmetic treatment for aesthetic dentistry. Therefore, statutory health insurance companies do not usually take veneers. For supplementary insurance or private health insurance, it depends on the contract.
An alternative to braces?
Especially in old age, patients are looking for other ways to correct malpositions than braces. But Veneers correct only minor defects, no serious malocclusions, here invisible braces, such as Aligner Invisalign offer.
Prevent discoloration with regular professional teeth cleaning
Discolorations can be alleviated with regular prophylaxis twice a year and sometimes even prevented. Since professional teeth cleaning can cost up to € 120 per appointment, many dental insurance companies have developed a low-cost rate that bears the cost of professional teeth cleaning.
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