Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material. These are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve the patient’s appearance by changing the color, shape, size, or length of the teeth. The shells are bonded to the front of the teeth using dental cement during a procedure that requires little or no anaesthesia. Veneers are often the ideal choice for improving the appearance of a patient’s teeth, especially at the front of the mouth.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are many different types of veneers in use, which each have slightly different properties. Sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, they can generally be categorized as conventional ‘feldspathic’ veneers or the more advanced, pressed ceramic porcelain veneers such as the e.Max.
#1: Divine Veneers
Divine veneers are Baluke Dental Studios’ own brand, composed of a durable, high-quality ceramic that can be matched to the shade of the surrounding teeth for a seamless, natural look. This common cosmetic procedure uses dental veneers made from multi-layered porcelain, which catches light just like the enamel of a natural tooth. Porcelain veneers are a minimal-prep procedure, preserving the majority of the existing tooth structure while achieving long-lasting smile rejuvenation. These veneers are ideal for severely discoloured teeth and slight misalignment of dentition.
#2: Thin Ceram Veneers
These pressed ceramic veneers are ideal for patients with mild discolouration or slight misalignment of their dentition. They require minimal preparation and result in subtle enhancements of the natural dentition for a realistic-looking smile.
#3: IPS Empress Esthetic Veneers
This type of dental veneers is made from a leucite glass-ceramic ingot, which is suitable for the press technique. These are well-known for their exceptional esthetics, based on the homogeneous material that scatters light naturally and provides a balanced “chameleon” effect. These veneers can be stained and/or glazed, or individually veneered, and customized characterisations on the restoration surface can be reproduced using a universal stains assortment. With these options, veneering has come a step closer to imitating nature. The IPS Empress Esthetic can be ordered in 7 degrees of translucency, and slightly shaded ingots are available in 6 shades.
Veneers should always be supported by the underlying structure of the teeth, which means ideally bonding them to the enamel. Although the devices are thin, the patient needs to have enough room in the mouth to accommodate the dental veneers without appearing bulky. Using prepless veneers also requires the patient’s teeth to be slightly retroclined to allow enough space for the veneer, and have enough space on the biting surface to result in a strong bite.
#4: e.Max Veneers
The e.Max is a type of veneer with a range of benefits and features. They are made entirely from pressed ceramic, which is exceptionally durable. They come in ultra-thin layers, which helps you avoid drilling teeth thereby preserving the patient’s dentition. The e.Max restorations are usually a good match with the patient’s natural teeth and this makes them less likely to be noticeable.
For more information about the types of dental veneers we supply and to find out which option is right for your patient, please contact Baluke Dental Studios at 1-800-263-3099 today.