Stars like Kylie Jenner, Zac Efron and Hilary Duff, and many more, shine and smile with their perfect teeth on the red carpets. Often times, the secret to your beautiful teeth is so-called dental veneers. As we know, most people increase their attractiveness through the face, which is why teeth play a very important role: having white teeth is synonymous with health and makes a person look younger, happier and therefore , more attractive.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin wafer-like ceramic or porcelain coatings that are permanently bonded to the tooth with a special glue. The most important characteristic of dental veneers is that: they can give the tooth a completely new shape and color, very quickly. Therefore, veneers can not only close gaps and enlarge or shrink teeth, but they can also be an alternative to whitening.
With dental veneers, it is possible to cover individual teeth or, in the case of very small teeth, cover up to 10 visible teeth and thus evoke a completely new smile. The material of an aesthetic veneer is as translucent as the enamel of our teeth, so it cannot be distinguished from the original teeth with the naked eye.
Conventional dental veneers
With conventional veneers, the tooth is polished to a minimum to create space for veneers up to 1mm thick. Polishing takes place in the upper layer of the tooth and local anesthesia is required. Dental veneers are individually adapted to the shape and color of the patient’s teeth and are manufactured in a special laboratory.
Due to the laborious and complex production process, veneers have a very long service life – up to 20 years! With veneers, a large number of misaligned teeth can be corrected where braces or other options reach their limits.
With this type of veneers, which are very thin 0.3 mm, it is not necessary to polish the tooth. Lumineers, as this type of dental veneer is known and whose name is a protected trademark, were the first wafer-thin veneers to become popular. Placing Lumineers veneers on the teeth is a gentle, painless dental process and no anesthesia is required. However, veneers may not hold properly and loosen over time.
Due to the extremely thin material, Lumineers veneers are not the ideal solution for all cases or types of teeth. If the teeth are very yellow, for example, conventional veneers are much better.
Composite veneers or instant dental veneers
This type of veneers are made directly on the tooth and in the dental office itself, there is no need to manufacture them in the dental laboratory. Veneers are instant and are made of a resin called composite. This procedure is suitable for very minor dental problems or to cover slightly broken teeth.
When to use dental veneers?
- Dental veneers are particularly useful for correcting or covering minor dental defects, as they provide a quick remedy.
- Also, dental veneers are a solution if the general appearance of the teeth is going to be changed: shape, color or the relationship between the width and the length of the teeth. Here, a completely new smile is formed with a complete restoration of the visible teeth.
- Veneers are also useful for correcting a gummy smile: when the teeth are too small and want to be enlarged. In this case, a gum correction may be necessary. In such cases, veneers are often the only option, because braces or aligners reach their limits here.
- Veneers can also correct tooth spaces, a diastema or a dental arch that is too narrow.
- Veneers are a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening, although veneers will be needed here to cover most of the teeth in order to achieve an even smile.
How much do dental veneers cost in Spain?
The prices of dental veneers depend mainly on the material from which they are made. To give you a general idea of the cost of these aesthetic coatings to cover minor defects in the teeth, we show you some examples:
Price of a veneer, per tooth:
- Conventional porcelain veneers: € 900-1500
- Lumineers veneers: € 700-1000
- Instant veneers: € 300-400