One of the major components of restorative aesthetic dentistry is Dental veneers.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of a tooth-colored material, which are custom-made to fit onto a patient’s prepared teeth.
Based on their strength, longevity, conservative nature, biocompatibility, and aesthetics, veneers have been considered one of the most viable treatment modalities since their introduction in 1983.
The world we live in today has developed a growing focus on aesthetics. Cosmetic Dentistry, which is one of the foremost aspects of facial aesthetics, has been ushered to new heights.
Restorative aesthetic dentistry has been around for a very long time. The newer approach in this genre, however, is about providing excellent aesthetics as conservatively as possible.
When Would You Need Dental Veneers?
A smile is worth a thousand words. And if your smile is bringing you down, dental veneers can help fix it.
Dental veneers are instrumental in doing so.
Here are the 5 most common cases where dental veneers could be the treatment of choice:
Staining of teeth, contrary to popular belief, is highly prevalent. The reasons can be many, and are divided into the following types:
i) Intrinsic staining, which occurs on the inside of the tooth.
For example, if the internal live tissue of the tooth (pulp) has been damaged due to bacterial infection, the tooth might appear discolored.
Some intrinsic stains occur during early childhood. These include fluoride and tetracycline stains and stains due to conditions like enamel hypoplasia.
ii) Extrinsic staining
This means that the stain only lies on the exterior surface of the tooth. There can be various kinds of extrinsic stains.
The following table presents the various colored stains and their causes:
|Color of Tooth Stain||Cause|
|Dark brown||Tobacco chewing or smoking|
|Green||Fluorescent bacteria and fungi|
|Blue-green||Copper or nickel stains|
|Orange||Color-producing bacteria due to poor oral hygiene|
|Metallic||Workers in iron, manganese or silver factories|
In some cases, a previously done filling might discolor and appear unaesthetic.
2. Chipped or Broken Tooth
Front teeth sometimes tend to chip or break under undue pressure.
3. Minor Malalignment
A slightly maligned tooth can be corrected by reducing it a bit and then adding veneers.
Major adjustment, however, is an orthodontic procedure which can’t be corrected merely by cosmetic treatments.
4. Diastema Closure
A diastema is a space between two teeth. Mostly, it is seen in between the two front teeth. This space can be efficiently covered up by using veneers.
5. Worn Down Teeth
Some people suffer from a condition called Bruxism, in which they grind their teeth against one another, mostly at night.
This leads to the wearing down of the top surfaces of teeth.
Here, aside from the cosmetic correction, functional correction is also required. Only after this can any cosmetic treatment be successful.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are 5 main types of veneers used in practice nowadays:
1. Composite Veneers
- Composite is a material which can be used directly or indirectly. In its direct usage, the dentist will first apply the material to your tooth and then contour it.
- The indirect method involves preparing the veneer beforehand and then attaching it to the tooth surface using adhesives.
- Composite veneers are the most economical option out of all, but the downside to it is that the material tends to catch stains easily.
- Also, it has low strength, which means that it might chip off or break under stress. There is a high possibility that you will need re-treatment after a few years.
2. Porcelain Veneers
- Also known as traditional veneers, these are the most commonly used ones in practice.
- While they do need about 0.5mm of reduction which is limited to the enamel, they last a considerable amount of time in most cases.
- Lumineers is a brand of veneers which is more conservative.
- The thickness of this shell is less than that of the porcelain veneers. This allows them to be placed on top of the natural tooth without any trimming.
- Some patients do complain of the tooth feeling bulkier after lumineers, but this is a rare occurrence.
4. CERECR Veneers
- CEREC is a CAD/CAM system (computer-aided design/ computer-aided manufacturing) which allows a prosthesis of desired dimensions to be carved out of a block of ceramic.
- Instead of making an impression, a special camera is used to take a 3-D image of the prepared tooth.
- The restoration is carved out accordingly by a computer.
- The main advantage here is the accuracy of fit and that it just takes a few minutes to be made!
5. Zirconia Veneers
- One of the recent breakthroughs in dentistry has been the introduction of zirconia.
- It has been used to fabricate crowns, veneers, and even implants.
- The USP of the material is its immense strength which will impart longevity to the prosthesis.
Comparison of Various Materials for Veneers
|Lumineers||Require no tooth preparation||May make the tooth bulky|
|Zirconia veneers||Very high strength||High cost|
Dental Veneers Procedure
- The first step of the procedure is the examination.
- The dentist will physically inspect the stains on your teeth, and after further testing, if required, a conclusion will be drawn as to the nature of the stains.
- Other treatment options like bleaching and enamel microabrasion are also considered.
- The indications, as well as the preference of the patient, will dictate the treatment option that is finally chosen.
- The material, too, is selected based on the patient’s requirements, their budget as well as the functional and aesthetic needs of the teeth.
2. Enamel Removal
- The second step will be tooth preparation. In case of traditional porcelain veneers, about 5mm of the enamel is removed.
- The success of the porcelain veneer is greatly determined by the strength and durability of the bond formed between the three different components of the bonded veneer
- These are the tooth surface, the porcelain veneer, and the luting composite.
- In this step, the tooth surface is prepared so that it holds onto the cement with its full capacity.
3. Taking impressions
- After removing the appropriate amount of tooth structure, an impression of the tooth is made.
- This will act as a reference for the fabrication of the final prosthesis.
4. Choosing the shade
- At this stage, your dentist will show you a shade guide.
- There are numerous shades available to choose from nowadays.
- According to the color of your adjacent natural teeth as well as your personal choice a decision is taken, and your final veneer is made in that shade.
5. Fixing temporary veneers
- Depending on which tooth we are treating and the needs of the patient, temporary veneers might be given in some cases.
- This, however, is not a necessary step since the reduction in case of veneers is minimal.
- In case a temporary solution is provided, it is made in such a way that it is passive, i.e., its purpose will be purely aesthetic and not functional.
6. Final appointment
- In your next appointment, the prepared final veneer is tried on without the binding cement at first.
- This helps to assure a proper fit and establish if further changes are needed.
- When the patient and the dentist are both satisfied, a tooth-colored adhesive cement is used to secure the veneer in place.
How Much do Veneers Cost Abroad for Your Teeth?
The prices of dental treatment in countries such as the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are through the roof. However, we have a solution to this problem – dental tourism.
Dental treatments are provided in popular dental tourism destinations at 50-80% lower price and that too with the same quality of care!
Let’s see the prices of dental veneers in some of these countries:
|Country||Composite Veneer Cost||Porcelain Veneer Cost|
While a composite veneer in the United States costs $250 to $1500, its price is only $45 in Mexico and $85 in Costa Rica. In Thailand dental veneer costs only $40 to $50.
Porcelain veneers on an average cost between $920 to $2,500 in the United States. Porcelain veneers in Mexico are priced at $350.
Mexico, Thailand, and Costa Rica happen to be some of the preferred dental tourism destinations for a relaxing beach vacation.
We provide excellent dental care in all three of these countries.
Contact us for low-cost dental veneers abroad by filling the quote-form on the website.