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.
Types of porcelain veneers
They are handmade veneers, allowing a high characterization of the tooth and can be ultra-thin up to 0.4 mm thick.
They are digitally made veneers, which allows the initial smile project to be reproduced more precisely. It also allows characterizations for more natural looking.
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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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.
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.
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.