What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers act as shields, covering the front surface of your teeth. These tooth-colored shells can transform the color, shape, size and length of your teeth. They are wafer-thin and customized to ensure they fit seamlessly with your smile.
What can veneers fix
Veneers can be used to correct a wide variety of dental problems. They are revolutionary when it comes to:
- Closing gaps
- Repairing chips or worn down spots
- Whitening discoloration
- Correcting alignment
In some cases, veneers are the only option. However, for those patients who are considering various dental treatments and want to make the best choice, keep in mind that veneers are:
- Long lasting
- Resistant to breaking, chipping, staining, and wear
Types of dental veneers we offer at BioDental Tijuana, Mexico
Dental veneers have been used to brighten teeth and enhance smiles since the late 1920s. Back then, though, they were removable acrylic caps that movie stars wore over their teeth during production. Today, dental veneers are much thinner, more natural looking, longer lasting, and accessible to more people—especially if you get your dental veneers in Mexico. There are a couple of different materials used for veneers, and a couple of different types of veneers as well:
- Porcelain veneers – a wafer thin shell custom-made to fit the tooth/teeth
- Composite resin veneers – a tooth-colored resin material that’s bonded and sculpted to the tooth/teeth
- Lumineers – the thinnest of all veneers, created from a highly durable porcelain; also called “non-prep” veneers because they do not require as much tooth prep as traditional porcelain veneers
- Palatal veneers – veneers adhered to the back of the front teeth (available in porcelain or composite options)
Each of the different types of dental veneers has their own benefits and are appropriate for certain dental issues. If you’re looking for veneers in Tijuana, come see us at BioDental Care. We’ll thoroughly evaluate your teeth and help determine the type of veneers that are best for correcting your cosmetic dental concerns and enhancing your smile.
Prepare a tooth for a veneer
One of the first things the dentist will do in most cases is prepare your teeth for the veneers. This is done to make room for the veneer, so the additional material does not bulk up your tooth and make it stand out from the rest. Preparation involves a very small amount of tooth enamel filed down. Tooth preparation is typically very moderate. If a dentist tells you they need to do extensive tooth preparation, veneers may not be the best option for your particular condition. Ask your dentist if there are other options. Sometimes orthodontics can do a better job without the need to file down your tooth. In the case of Lumineers, even less enamel is removed than with traditional veneers because Lumineers are extraordinarily thin. But it’s also important to note that the extreme thinness of Lumineers can also make it more difficult for the veneers to mask tooth discoloration.
Dental veneer procedure
The exact procedure for dental veneers will depend on the type of veneer used. In the case of composite resin veneers, once the teeth are prepared, the composite resin material is sculpted to the teeth and a special light is used to harden the resin. For porcelain veneers, which are made in a lab, the dentist must first make a mold of your teeth and decide on the color that best matches the rest of your teeth for the most natural appearance. This information is then sent to the lab, where your veneers will be created and customized for you. In the meantime, your dentist will send you home with temporary veneers. Once your veneers are ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have them placed, adjusted if needed, and then bonded to your teeth.
Whichever veneer type you decide on, you’ll be thrilled with the immediate improvement to your teeth and your smile. And as long as you take proper care of your veneers, they should last a long long time.