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Veneers are custom made thin shell is made out of tooth colored porcelain material placed over a tooth, to improve the aesthetics of stained or dark teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, crooked and crowded teeth as well as unevenly spaced or not the right shape teeth. They can also be used to protect the tooth's surface from any further damage such as teeth with erosions. Veneers can be used to restore a single tooth that may have fractured or discolored, or to restore a complete group of teeth to improve the entire smile.
Our experienced team of dentists can evaluate your case and advise if you are the right candidate for veneers. After a comprehensive examination of your teeth and the bite situation and in some cases with the help of some additional x-rays, we are able to confirm if veneers are a perfect treatment for you. With the help of study models and diagnostic wax ups, we can demonstrate the case and discuss it with you in advance.
To fabricate a veneer the dentist will prepare the teeth (according to the thickness of the veneer needed, a thin layer of the tooth will be removed) and an impression will be taken. In the Dental Laboratory a dental technician will fabricate the veneers with the highest precession according to the shape and color needed.
After trying the veneers for their fitting and the correct shape and the color, they will be permanently bonded to the teeth with the help of special resin cement. After bonding the veneers, regular check ups and and cleaning of the teeth (at least twice a year) is essential to ensure a long lifetime of the veneers.
I came to Dr. Fadi after having veneers at another clinic. I was suffering for about five years with broken veneers and severe headaches due to my old veneers. My old dentist could not help me and I was getting desperate. When I came to see Dr. Fadi, he spent a lot of time with me to understand my needs and he used modern equipment to study my teeth. He explained to me exactly why I was having headaches from those old veneers and why they kept breaking. He also explained to me why my gums were uncomfortable. The treatment plan made sense to me and I completely understood how everything was going to be handled. When we started the treatment, I could not believe that everything was done within one week. All my headaches and tooth aches are gone. Even after two years, I have not had any problems with any of my veneers, I smile with confidence and I am totally satisfied with everything that was done. Besides all that, my new veneers look amazing. Thank you very much for the personal care and attention to detail.
Why Should I Choose German Dental Clinic For Veneers?
Well there are a number of reasons why we are the right fit for your dental needs. For starters, we focus on the administration of gentle, conservative, minimally invasive and natural treatments, so that our patients can look forward to stress-free solutions. At German Dental Clinic, we not only place a great deal of emphasis on our veneers treatments, but also on our overall customer service. Furthermore, we design a tailored treatment plan for each and every patient, so that each person’s veneers needs are met. Together with our doctors’ combined expertise that adds up to decades of experience, you are definitely in safe hands.
Is The Process Reversible?
We have many patients who ask whether veneers are a reversible treatment. Since there is the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your natural teeth in order to make space for the veneer and every time you opt for replacements afterwards, the process is irreversible.
How Do You Handle Treatments For Veneers?
As mentioned above, all of our treatments are customised according to each individual patient. This is no difference when it comes to our cosmetic dentistry. Veneers happen to be particularly bespoke due to the nature of requirements. First and foremost, we will be conducting a comprehensive evaluation of your current situation. This is where we will be making sure that there are no underlying dental issues such as cavities and bite issues that are direct hindrances to veneers. For additional clarification, in some instances we will need to obtain x-rays to ensure that veneers are, indeed, the right way to go. We then use the tools at our disposal to paint a complete picture for you, and decide the best course of action accordingly.
Does It Hurt?
No not at all. If you have never had veneers before, you might experience slight discomfort as there will be a slight reduction of your natural teeth so the sensation is something that will be new to you. Other than that, there is no pain to worry about whatsoever.
How Long Will They Last?
Well it all depends on what type of veneers you go for. There are two kinds: composite resin and porcelain. The latter, though more expensive than it’s composite counterpart, can last anywhere between 10-20 years depending on how you take care of them. Composite resin is cheaper, but will require replacing in lesser time. Whichever you go for though, remember that aftercare has a major role to play in longevity. Your dentist will provide you with the necessary guidance to make this as simple as possible for you.
What Sort Of Dental Problems Can They Fix?
Firstly, you must understand that dentistry is broken down into several sub-categories which we have mentioned above. Veneers fall under cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry as it is also known, and therefore is suitable for fixing issues related to worn out tooth enamel, misaligned/ unevenly spaced teeth, discolouration as well as chips and cracks. They are quite handy for pulling together your appearance, and are widely sought after especially by public figures as a result of it.
How Long Does It Take?
The entire treatment process will take up to a week. On the first day, we will spend time assessing you and obtaining impressions, as well as prepping your teeth by removing a thin layer of the enamel. The impressions are then sent off to the laboratory, along with other information such as shape and colour so the dental technician will be able to create the veneer that is suited for you. Lastly, the finished veneers will be fitted onto your teeth to ensure they fit right and are the correct shape and colour. Once you and your dentist are satisfied, the final veneer will be permanently bonded onto your tooth with the help of special resin cement.
Are There Any Aftercare Tips You Can Give Me?
Yes, there are some specific aftercare tips you need to follow, though they are not that many. For one, you must come in for regular checkups. Secondly, professional cleaning (which is also strongly recommended even if you do not have veneers), should be booked at least twice every year. Discolouration can occur if you are not careful with habits such as drinking staining liquids like tea, coffee or wine or if you smoke. And though porcelain veneers tend to be more resilient in this regard, you should still make a few lifestyle adjustments. If you have problems with bruxism (night-time grinding), then first you need to have that treated. A night splint could help. Additionally, when it comes to eating hard foods such as steaks, apples and carrots for instance, cut them up first into bite-sized pieces. Same applies for things such as bones and nuts. Lastly, make sure you do not use your front teeth any more than you have to as unnecessary strain can damage your veneers.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
That depends entirely on the sort of cover you have. If you have an employer insurance policy, you will need to check with your workplace whether they have made allowances for such treatments. Most insurance companies tend to not include veneers in their dental covers, since it is considered an elective treatment as opposed to a necessary one. Unless of course you thought ahead and took out a cover specifically for this purpose in which case it is possible. Double-check with your provider.
At What Age Do You Recommend Veneers?
Though veneers are a typically non-invasive procedure, we do not recommend it for children or those under 18. This is primarily because children and teenagers are growing and developing, undergoing changes all the time. Hence, whilst braces and other orthodontic treatments are allowed, cosmetic dentistry is something that is best left to the adults. If your child needs some adjustments, wait till they turn 18 to do so.