Dental veneers – how do you do it?
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers (shell veneers) are specially designed shells made of porcelain or a composite resin that fits over your teeth and improves their appearance.
Facades are especially useful for creating a more beautiful smile in those who have teeth that are chipped, discolored, or deformed.
The purpose of veneers is generally cosmetic, but they can be fitted as part of a comprehensive dental review that includes the treatment of gum disease.
Dental veneers are stain-resistant resin-based composite or porcelain coatings that are glued to the front of the teeth.
They can create a cosmetically appealing appearance by covering teeth that are discolored, deformed, or chipped.
How much do dental veneers cost?
The cost of dental veneers varies by type:
- composite facades. Also called direct facades; these coatings are applied to the teeth at a single dental visit and cost approximately SEK 1,000 per tooth. They usually last between five and seven years and then need to be replaced
- porcelain facades. Porcelain veneers (ceramic veneers) are specially designed to fit your teeth, so they require two dental visits for the procedure – one to prepare the teeth for the veneers and another to put the veneers in place. Porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers – usually at least SEK 6,000 per tooth – but they last for at least 10 to 15 years, and sometimes even longer.
Porcelain facades are more stain-resistant and look more natural than composite facades.
But composite veneers are thinner, so less tooth surface must be removed before applying.
Your dentist can help you decide which veneers best suit your needs.
Attachment of dental veneers
Resin-based composite facades are generally fixed during one and the same visit. This is what you can expect if you get porcelain facades (ceramic facades):
- initial visit: You can expect to make an initial visit to the clinic where your dentist takes X-rays
- preparation: The dentist trims down about half a millimeter of the tooth enamel to prepare for the veneers. Then he or she takes an impression or shape of your teeth and sends it to a lab to prepare the veneers, which takes about one to two weeks.
- Fastening: When the veneers are ready, the dentist checks the fit and color of the veneers and prepares the tooth (or teeth) by thoroughly cleaning them and then roughening the tooth surface to improve the adhesion of the veneer. The veneer is attached to the tooth with special cement, and then ultraviolet light is used to harden it quickly
- follow-up: The dentist can book a follow-up visit a few weeks after the procedure to be sure that the veneers are correctly placed.
Then just follow your usual oral hygiene routine with toothbrushing twice a day and daily] flossing just as usual, and you can expect the veneers to last for five to ten years before you need to replace them.