Do Porcelain Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?
Porcelain is a popular material for microprosthetics and artistic restoration of teeth.
It is durable, does not lose its original colour for a long time, looks natural when smiling, is hypoallergenic and takes root in the oral cavity. Therefore, high-quality veneers are made from it to imitate dental tissue and restore the natural structure of teeth.
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What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin plates that are installed on the surface of the tooth in order to eliminate defects in tooth enamel, eliminate gaps between teeth, or correct the shape of the dentition. It should be noted that porcelain, having a fairly small thickness, is still considered a durable material that will perfectly hide any flaw in the tooth and allow you to get rid of the “ugly smile” complex.
Veneers without turning the tooth - is it possible?
Are veneers harmful? The overlay itself – of course not. But it should be borne in mind that before installing the veneer, a small layer of enamel is grinded off from the tooth. Only one is turned – the front, outer side of the tooth, and no more than 0.5 mm is removed. enamel (for comparison: when installing a crown – up to 2 mm.) Therefore, the tooth is preserved – it remains “alive”.
Turning is needed in order, firstly, to level the surface of the tooth, and secondly, to give it the
correct geometric shape. The veneer will qualitatively “sit down” only on such a well-prepared tooth.
Therefore, after the expiration of the service life of veneers, old linings must be removed, and new ones must be installed in their place. Otherwise, the tooth remains defenseless under the influence of the environment. It is no longer possible to return the tooth to its original state – such as before the installation of the veneer.
A very often asked question by patients is whether it is possible to put a veneer without grinding the tooth? Yes, you can. Firstly, there are situations in which the tooth does not have to be prepared, i.e. grind, for example:
- the congenitally small size of teeth;
- very wide gaps (slits) between the teeth;
- the presence of chips, etc.
Secondly, turning can sometimes be avoided altogether, or minimal turning can be done if a composite veneer is installed.
However, the following factors speak against the installation of veneers without preparation:
- substances that are applied to the surface of the tooth to fix the veneer still change the colour of the enamel – i.e. the tooth will still not be the same as before;
- there is no airtight transition between the unturned tooth and the veneer, so food and plaque can accumulate there – which leads to inflammation of the gums and caries.
Another, completely safe option – you can use the thinnest type of veneer (up to 0.1 mm), which is called lumineer. It is glued directly to the tooth without prior grinding. That. the layer of natural tooth enamel is completely preserved – and in the future, lumineers can be removed, as if nothing had happened, and you can safely use your teeth further, without any overlays.
- also made of ceramics;
- made much faster than conventional veneers;
- almost transparent – almost do not change the colour of the enamel;
- give the surface of the tooth a slightly convex shape;
- the main disadvantage is that they are more expensive than conventional veneers.
Lumineers are the best solution for those who have strong doubts about whether to put veneers, but want to try.
If you want to smile without embarrassment, showing a perfectly white dentition, come to FindGlob clinic! Our professionals in cosmetic dentistry offer veneers at an affordable cost for the patient.