An overview of cosmetic porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most preferred cosmetic dentistry procedures when it comes to realizing the dream of a beautiful set of teeth and the most radiant, confident smile.
In addition to common problems such as cavities or periodontitis, many people go to their dentist seeking a cosmetic solution for other dental flaws.
Porcelain veneers help you achieve this goal quickly. However, before deciding to go through with this cosmetic dentistry procedure, it’s best to learn more about porcelain veneers and its procedure.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneer procedure involves using a thin shell with a color similar to that of real teeth to cover up the front of your teeth, improving dental problems such as:
Worn out teeth
Cracked or chipped teeth
Gaps between teeth
Uneven or misaligned teeth
Discoloration caused by root canal treatment, side effects of using tetracycline antibiotic or other medication, excessive fluoride, large dental fillings causing the teeth to lose its natural color
In reality, dental veneers have very few complications. Thus, you can rest assured that this cosmetic procedure is totally safe.
Porcelain veneer procedure
For porcelain veneers, you will need at least two - three visits, depending on the numbers of teeth and their condition.
Besides, although this procedure is relatively simple, it still requires a highly experienced dentist, modern facilities and standardized protocols for the best results.
Here’s a typical dental veneer procedure:
1. Assessment and consultation
In your first visit, you should let your dentist know about what you expect dental veneers to do for you.
During this visit, your dentist will carry out a dental exam to make sure you are eligible for porcelain veneers and other steps such as X-ray and dental impression.
2. Tooth reshaping
After you’re done with assessment, consultation, and health check, your teeth will be reshaped.
Your dentist will start by cleaning and filing down the teeth that need veneers and adjacent ones. Any cavities will be dealt with properly.
During this step, your previous dental fillings will be removed. Usually, your teeth need to be filed down 0.5 - 0.7 mm.
3. Picking a color
Your dentist will pick a color for your veneers taking into consideration the color of nearby teeth.
Additionally, adjustments will be made to the color so your veneers look as close to real teeth as possible.
4. Taking dental impressions
After your dentist finishes reshaping and cleaning surrounding areas, they will take impressions of your teeth and gums to make a model of your jaw, identifying the method needed to attach your veneers.
The process includes spreading a thick layer of adhesive on your teeth, then you biting down on a tray to get an impression. Some dentists also use an imaging machine attached to a dental chair for more accurate impressions.
5. Temporary dental fillings
Because it may take 2 - 7 days for your dentist to prepare appropriate veneers for you, during the waiting period, you may need temporary dental fillings or dentures for cosmetic reasons.
6. Evaluation of compatibility
When your new veneers are ready, your dentist will put them in place to determine if they have the right measurements.
This is an important step since just one minor mistake in calculation may lead to severe problems. Therefore, your veneers will need to be fitted in your mouth and adjusted several times to become perfect.
7. Veneer placement
When your veneers have all the desired properties, including color, shape, cosmetic elegance, your dentist will secure them in place. First, the surface of both your veneers and your real teeth will be polished.
Your dentist will apply an acidic gel on your teeth for 20 seconds or less. This step is known as acidic etching which helps to create a surface for the veneers to stick to your real teeth.
Then, this gel will be cleaned off and your dentist will apply another type of adhesive gel to your veneers, binding them to their place.
After that, your dentist will adjust the color and shine a blue light on your veneers for a minute to finish the binding process.
Finally, your dentist will clean your teeth and the gaps in-between to give you the most satisfying results.
Dental crown cost
You may take a look at this cost guide to estimate the cost of dental crowns. Besides, you may need to pay more if there are problems such as cavity treatment, dental imaging, etc.
|Treatment Type||Unit||Price in VND||Price in USD||Price in AUD|
|CREAMIC CROWN & BRIDGE - RĂNG SỨ (PFM)|
|Porcelain fused to NI-CR metal Crown (Dentsply - Germany) - Mão sứ kim loại NI-CR||1 Tooth||1.500.000||66||83|
|Porcelain fused to Titanium metal Crown / Mão sứ kim loại Titan||1 Tooth||3.000.000||132||167|
|Porcelain fused to CR-CO metal Crown (Dentsply - Germany)/Mão sứ kim loại CR-CO||1 Tooth||4.000.000||184||236|
|Full ceramic Zirconia CAD/CAM Crown ( No metal)|
|Full Ceramic Zirconia CAD/CAM ( No metal) Crown - Dental Direct - USA / Multi Layer - Japan||1 Tooth||6.000.000||285||365|
|Full Cercon or Zirconium CAD/CAM( No metal) crown -(Zolid/ Dentsply - Germany)||1 Tooth||6.500.000||307||393|
|Full Cercon or Zirconium CAD/CAM(No metal) crown - HT Crown Lava Plus - 3M (Dentsply - Germany)||1 Tooth||7.000.000||308||389|
|Precious Metal Porcelain Crown / Bridge - Răng Sứ Kim Loại Quí|
|Porcelain fused to Pala ( 3% Au, 61% Pd ) Crown
(Răng sứ Pala ( 3% Au, 61% Pd ))
|Porcelain fused to Semi precious metal ( 40% Au , 39.4 % Pd ) Crown
Răng sứ bán quí kim ( 40% Au , 39.4 % Pd )
|1 Tooth||8.500.000- 10.500.000||374 - 463||472 - 583|
|Porcelain fused to Precious metal ( 74% Au , 7.6 % Pd ) Crown
Răng sứ Quí Kim toàn phần ( 74% Au , 7.6 % Pd )
|1 Tooth||13.500.000 - 15.000.000||595 - 661||750 - 833|
Pros and cons of porcelain veneers
Advantages of porcelain veneers include:
Porcelain veneers look very natural
Gum tissues tolerate porcelain veneers well
Porcelain veneer surface has good anti-staining properties
Porcelain veneers offer perfect cosmetic elegance
No need for complex restorative procedure
However, porcelain veneers come with certain drawbacks:
Relatively high cost
Tendency to crack or break if you have a habit of grinding your teeth or biting hard objects, etc.
Porcelain veneer durability
Porcelain veneers usually last from 7 - 15 years. After this time, you will need new veneers.
Porcelain veneers precautions
First and foremost, both your teeth and gums have to be healthy if you want to get veneers.
If you are experiencing dental problems such as cavities or periodontitis, you need to seek treatment before proceeding with veneers.
Keep in mind that porcelain veneers are thin and prone to chipping and cracking. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth or like eating hard foods, porcelain veneers may not be the best choice for you.
Eventually, these veneers will wear out over time and you will need to visit your dentist for new ones.
Porcelain veneer aftercare
After the procedure, you will need to visit your dentist regularly so they can keep an eye on your dental health. During the first few days, the feelings of your new veneers may weird you out.
You will need time to get used to them. Visit your dentist if you have trouble chewing or biting food.
Besides, although porcelain veneers are anti-staining, you should still limit your exposure to beverages with dark colors (such as tea, coffee, wine, soft drinks, etc.)
Finally, people with dental veneers should brush twice a day and use dental floss or toothpicks after every meal to clean the gaps between teeth to avoid cavities.
A forced smile with flawed teeth may take a toll on your confidence and physical appearance. This concern can be resolved effectively with porcelain veneers.
If you are considering porcelain veneers, you should research all the information about the clinic you are interested in and their overall cost before putting your destiny in their hands.