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Myths and truths about dental veneers

Let's start by explaining what they consist of. Dental veneers are thin pieces that are molded to fit your teeth, which are placed and adhered to the anterior surface of the teeth. Although in principle one might think that they are like crowns, they should not be confused; They are used only in treatments with aesthetic purpose. They are used to correct fractured, stained, misaligned, worn, uneven or abnormally separated teeth. This is not a surgical intervention, therefore, it is not painful or complicated.


Dental veneers are a practice that has made its way into cosmetic dentistry and, today, is one of the most used techniques. The two most common materials in manufacturing are resin and porcelain. Veneers are adhered to the teeth with resinous cement. These are made by a dentist in the dental prosthesis laboratory.


There are 3 types of veneers:

Porcelain, made by a laboratory on a patient model.

Preformed porcelain veneers, which are purchased by a dentist, in a store.

Finally, we have the veneers made of a material that results from a mixture between resin and porcelain. They are handmade by a dentist and it is a totally personalized job


Well, understanding what they are and what they are made of, we will clear, then, some of the most recurring doubts when deciding whether to put on dental veneers is a good option.


1. Is my smile going to look totally artificial?

False. Currently, veneers are made with materials that make them look like natural teeth, so that they fit perfectly with the tooth and a uniform smile is achieved.


2. Do dental veneers wear the enamel on my teeth?

This procedure retains a lot of the original dental structure, but it is true that in some cases it is necessary to perform a minimum enamel wear to facilitate the fitting of the veneers. However, it is not always necessary. It is recommended that you evaluate with your trusted dentist if necessary and if you will have any consequences on your oral health.


3. Veneers look too white.

False. The concern of many is the result of the smile, which highlights very white spaces corresponding to dental veneers. This does not have to represent a problem, since at present you can choose in what tone you want your veneers, achieving that, when placing them, you get a result according to the natural color of your dentures.


4. I will have pain or will cause infections.

Veneers can cause tooth sensitivity, usually in those that are temporary. But it is not common to experience dental hypersensitivity or other long-term pain.


5. Can everyone use dental veneers?

False. A cosmetic dentist will first examine you, to make sure the veneers are appropriate for you. If they are not, the dentist will seek a treatment that is appropriate for your specific goals.


Now, let's look at some important considerations about dental veneers to consider when deciding which one to put on:





All veneers and, in general, all treatments that are made of dentistry, require controls and maintenance over time, so you should consider regular assistance to your dentist to keep them in perfect condition.



Veneers made by a laboratory usually need somewhat less control, but in case of a problem, they are more difficult to solve. Among other disadvantages that may arise, is the fact of getting the same item to be the same and have the same color.



The problems that arise in resin and ceramic veneers can be solved in a short time (even minutes) and is done very simply. Although it implies that sometimes they require a little more maintenance. On the other hand, they do not need to wear tooth enamel.



Before starting the placement of a dental veneer, it is vital that you do not have any oral health problems without solving. This procedure is simply aesthetic.





Dental veneers are an aesthetic alternative that works well for different types of dentures and patient needs. The great advantage is that the dentist will give the patient the opportunity to completely renew the appearance of his smile, give him a new design and help him achieve the desired color.


Our recommendation is that, once you have done a complete review of the tooth and do not have any oral health problems to attend, you can then consult with a specialist in the technique. This can assess the state of the teeth and make a previous design, so that it can give you an idea of ​​the new appearance that your teeth can have.

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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