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What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain prostheses ranging in thickness from 0.8mm to 1.5mm, which are glued to the anterior surface of the teeth. In most cases they are used to correct stains, fractures or wear. Thanks to this quick, simple and painless procedure, the aesthetics of the smile can be improved drastically.

  • Color changes in teeth resistant to whitening.
  • Corrects small alterations in the position of the teeth.
  • Restores the anatomy of the tooth in fractures or malformations.
  • Cover cracks in teeth that are aged or affected by bruxism.
  • We carry out veneers of minimal or no carving.
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Types of porcelain veneers

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Handcrafted

Feldspathic veneers

They are handmade veneers, allowing a high characterization of the tooth and can be ultra-thin up to 0.4 mm thick.

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Digital technology

Disilicate veneers

They are digitally made veneers, which allows the initial smile project to be reproduced more precisely. It also allows characterizations for more natural looking.

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Minimal carving

Lumineers

They are veneers made of cerinate porcelain with minimal or no dental preparation. Perfectly aligned teeth are necessary for this type of veneer.

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Fast in 24h

First Fit Veneers

They are veneers for full arch restorations, offering the advantage that they can be placed on the day of the carving. The dentist will assess whether your case is suitable for this type of procedure.

Phases of treatment

1. Diagnosis and digital planning of the smile

We start with digital planning that consists of a digital scan, photos and x-rays of the teeth. Between 7 and 10 days later, you will have the digital smile design ready, this design can be tried in the patient’s mouth to see if it meets their expectations, you can even take it home to discuss the result with your friends or family. In this way we make sure if we like it or not before even starting the treatment.

If necessary, changes are made to the design and once it is approved by the patient, we will meet for the day of dental preparation and take final records.

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2. Execution of treatment

In this phase of the treatment, the final records are taken, the teeth are prepared and the provisional veneers are placed. It is a painless procedure, which lasts approximately 90 minutes after which the patient goes home with temporary veneers, already enjoying a renewed smile. Please be advised that these temporary veneers will not have the strength of the permanent ones.

3. Your final smile

In the case of First Fit veneers, the procedure is shortened, after the esthetic test an appointment is made in which the teeth are prepared and the final veneers are placed on the same day.

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Cases before & after

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Composite veneers

When a cavity or fracture occurs in an anterior tooth at Crooke & Laguna we seek maximum aesthetics when restoring it.

There are different composites when restoring a tooth, in molars or posterior teeth resistance is prioritized, on the other hand in incisors and canines aesthetics. With these aesthetic composites we can also make composite veneers. This treatment is faster than porcelain veneers and requires less carving, but it stains more with food and has other limitations. It is a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers, but we cannot expect the same results as it is a less noble material and it suffers more alterations over time.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Veneers

What is the difference between porcelain & composite veneer?

The composite veneers are placed directly on the natural tooth, using a resin in several layers, while the porcelain veneers are manufactured in the laboratory. Durability is another big difference, composite veneers usually last between 2 and 5 years, as they deteriorate with use, as oppose to porcelain veneers that last between 8 and 10 years without deteriorating.

Is it an invasive or painful treatment?

Not at all, nowadays porcelain veneers are getting thinner, so tooth carving is minimal. It is a simple treatment, fast and without pain.

What maintenance do the veneers need?

Porcelain veneers require the same maintenance as natural teeth. They are made of a material that is not affected by cavities but they are attached to a part of the tooth which is vulnerable to decay, so it is always recommended a good oral hygiene based on tooth brushing 3 times a day and the use of dental floss, once a day.

What do we do if a porcelain veneer breaks?

If it has become detached but still in one piece, it can be re-cemented, otherwise, the whole process needs to be repeated from the beginning. The patient’s tooth is provisionally replaced by a composite veneer while the porcelain veneers are being made.

Are porcelain veneers vulnerable?

Like natural teeth, we should avoid strong impacts like aggressive bites or blows with objects. As with natural teeth, enamel can crack as a result of biting hard food, nail biting or by tightening the teeth. In the veneers it will cause cracks in the ceramic that if deepened can cause a fracture. Porcelain veneers, unlike those of composite, is that they cannot be repaired and have to be replaced.

Does teeth whitening effect the veneers?

If you would like a teeth whitening, it must done before the veneers treatment because the tone of the ceramic will match the tone of  teeth prior the whitening.

At Crooke & Laguna Dental Clinic we offer you a solution to improve the aesthetics by rehabilitation the whole mouth by changes in colour, shape and / or size that have occurred as a result of dyes, malformations or fractures.

For example in patients with bruxism, teeth stained or large changes in colour or dental anatomy (change the shape if we do not like or close spaces between the teeth after a periodontal disease).

The technique requires thoroughness, since the carving is minimal (and in some cases non-existent), and the cementing has to carry a rigorous protocol.

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