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Dental veneers for a perfect smile

Dental veneers allow you to change the color, shape and position of your teeth.

What is the secret of celebrities to show off those perfect white smiles? If this question has ever been asked, the answer lies in the use, in most cases, of dental veneers .

Dental veneers are thin ceramic or composite sheets that adhere to the front surface of the tooth. They allow to change the color, shape and position of the teeth. “It is the least invasive type of dental restoration because very little tooth is carved, unlike a crown or a bridge, which requires reducing more tooth enamel,” says Dr. José María Barrachina Díez , from the Barrachina Dental Clinic.

This minimally invasive cosmetic dental solution, in most cases painless and fast, is an excellent option for those patients who want to improve the appearance of their mouth and smile .

There are two types of dental veneers, depending on the material from which they are made:

  • Composite dental veneers : they are made with a synthetic resin called composite and are cheaper than ceramic veneers . On the contrary, its quality is somewhat inferior. “Composite is a more porous material than ceramic, which means that over time it can yellow, absorb stains and lose shine”, explains Dr. Barrachina.
  • Porcelain dental veneers : made with lithium disilicate or feldspathic ceramic. “By means of this type of ceramics the naturalness of the tooth is recovered and its appearance remains intact over time. Ceramic veneers are much more resistant, durable and aesthetic than composite veneers ”, remarks Dr. José María Barrachina Díez .
Photo before and after a minimally invasive treatment with a dental veneer in the center.

How dental veneers are placed

The veneer placement process is performed in three visits at the Barrachina Dental Clinic :

  • In the first visit, all the necessary records are taken to make a smile design and plan the case based on the patient’s expectations. Impressions are taken for study casts, intraoral and extraoral photographs, and occlusion records.
Detail of a diagnostic wax-up.
  • On the second visit, without having cut the teeth yet, the patient will visualize the final shape of his veneer or veneers in the mouth. This is done by transferring the work done on the patient’s casts with a silicone key that fits perfectly in the patient’s mouth. If the patient likes the result, the tooth is carved. If not, the placed paste is removed and the test can be repeated with the desired characteristics. The technique of “carving through the mock-up” allows the carving to be as conservative as possible, since only the thickness necessary for the final result is lowered. Once the tooth has been carved, final impressions are taken to make working models, on which the veneers will be made in the dental laboratory. Photographs are also taken under polarized light to define the unique characteristics of brightness and color. The second quote concludes with thePreparation of temporary resin veneers that the patient will wear until the definitive ones are finished, which usually takes about 7-10 days. In this way, the patient will have the new shape of his teeth from the second visit.
  • The third and last appointment is that of the cementation of the veneers. In this, Dr. Barrachina will adhere the veneers made by the ceramic technician to the front of the teeth .

Once the dental veneers have been placed, “the patient can lead an absolutely normal life,” says Dr. José María Barrachina Díez. You will need to follow the same correct oral hygiene guidelines as with your teeth and attend your periodontal maintenance visit once or twice a year.

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