Veneers are custom-designed shells placed on the natural teeth to protect them from damage, improve their appearance and create a perfect smile. The tooth-coloured shells are bonded onto the teeth by the dentists at Dental Aesthetics for changing their function, shape, colour, size, and length. We consider Dental Veneers in Pakistan as a cosmetic dental procedure as veneers are not medically necessary but elective – and otherwise known as a Smile Makeover.
According to our dentists, getting veneers is a great option to hide damage, crooked or discoloured teeth. Mostly, patients opt for this non-invasive treatment option to improve their smile, but it also has restorative functions. Ideally, veneers are for those who have tooth stains, chips, and gaps. However, before you get veneers, it is important to know about their types.
5 Types Of Veneers That Patients Can Get To Improve Their Smile
Mostly, the veneers are permanent, which means that after they are placed, the patients cannot remove them. Commonly, they are placed on the front teeth rather than the molars at the back. Depending on the dental health, tooth colour, and desired results, patients can get the following types of veneers:
1. Porcelain Veneers
The most common material that is used for making veneers is porcelain. Completely custom-made, versatile, and tooth-coloured – Porcelain Veneers can last between 10 to 15 years. Being made of ceramic materials, they resist the stain better as compared to other types of veneers.
Another primary advantage of getting veneers made of porcelain is that the procedure is minimally invasive and conservative. Moreover, the veneers are biocompatible, which in simple words means that they rarely injure any tissues in the mouth.
Minimal preparation is required for placing the porcelain shell successfully, which is not the case for a fully-restoring procedure such as dental crowns. To prepare the teeth for placing porcelain veneers, our dentists first choose the tooth shade which best matched the other teeth.
Then, they reshape the teeth on which the veneers are to be placed and take a dental impression so that the veneers can be designed. During the first appointment, a temporary veneer is placed and at the second, it is removed to prepare the tooth for veneers. They do so by cleaning and applying an acidic material on the tooth surface to roughen it and allow the veneer to stick better.
A dentist then applies a special cement on the tooth surface that enables the veneer to stay on it. Using a blue-coloured light, the cement is hardened and the final step involved removing excess cement from the tooth plus checking the bite. After a few weeks, a follow-up visit might be necessary.
2. Composite Veneers
An alternative to porcelain veneers is composite veneers, which are made using composite resin; a mixture of organic and inorganic materials. The bonding material that is used for making these veneers is similar to tooth-coloured dental fillings.
Although composite Veneer Teeth are strong, they are not durable as compared to porcelain ones and can get stained over time. Getting composite veneers takes only one appointment because they are sculpted directly on the teeth – while porcelain veneers require more appointments.
Just like porcelain veneers, the teeth need to be contoured before the placement of composite veneers. When it comes to the cost, the Porcelain Veneers Cost is quite less than the cost of getting composite veneers. However, composite veneers last for five to seven years, while porcelain veneers last for up to fifteen years.
3. Palatal Veneers/ Onlays
Typically used for restoring posterior teeth, palatal onlays are a special kind of onlay that helps restore anterior teeth. The reasons behind damage to the anterior teeth include dental erosion caused by severe acid reflux, bruxism, and deep bite. However, all these problems can be fixed with palatal onlays; a type of Dental Veneers in Pakistan that restore the affected part of a tooth while leaving the rest of it untouched.
They are a translucent and ultra-thin type of veneers that perfectly replicate the colour and shape of natural tooth enamel – even more than porcelain veneers do. The cherry on top is the fact that they are also reversible and so thin that no tooth recontouring or reduction is required to place them. And, lumineers can last for more than twenty years. Even though they are convenient, if now cared for properly, they can chip and result in a short lifespan. So, if you are going ahead with the decision of getting lumineer veneers, focus on maintaining your oral hygiene.
5. Removable Veneers
In comparison with traditional veneers, Removable Veneers are non-permanent and less invasive. Depending on the dental condition, we place the following types of removable veneers on the teeth of patients at Dental Aesthetics:
- Customized Snap-On Veneers
They are high-quality removable veneers that are custom-made by taking the impressions of the patient’s teeth. Impressions are sent to the dental lab by our dentists so that a custom-fit set of veneers is created for the patient.
- Instant Veneers
An affordable cosmetic treatment option. They can fit into the mouth by placing them in hot water and then pressing the teeth on the soft-fitting material. However, we do not recommend using them daily as a long-term solution.
Even though removable veneers are more convenient, they do not look as natural as permanent veneers and are prone to plaque build-up. In the worst case, they can even harm the gum tissues if worn frequently. Hence, we always recommend our patients to get permanent veneers.
Want To Get Dental Veneers? Book An Appointment TODAY!
Now that you are familiar with all the types of veneers, are you ready to get the right Dental Veneers in Pakistan to fix your crooked, damaged, or discoloured teeth? Book a consultation with the Best Dentist in Lahore at Dental Aesthetics today. After examining your teeth and oral health, they will suggest the type of veneers that will best suit you and place the veneers in no time – to give you a PERFECT smile.