What are the differences between porcelain and composite veneers?
Cost of different treatments
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Let’s first define what porcelain is: “The literature on this topic defines ceramics as inorganic, non-metallic materials made by man by the heating of raw minerals at high temperatures.”
Some properties of ceramic materials such as color stability, biocompatibility and durable aesthetics made them the best choice for conservative restorations.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that serve as an instant dental treatment for transforming your smile. This modern and innovative process involves applying coverings to the front surface of the front teeth to make them look (almost) perfect.
Yes, it is mainly done for the front ten teeth. Veneers demonstrate strength, longevity, biocompatibility, and aesthetics.
The best part? Nobody can tell the difference between these and your regular teeth!
The material of these veneers looks just like the natural enamel of your teeth. Due to their natural looks, these shells are one of the most used processes in cosmetic dentistry. In fact, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) survey of 2018, the U.S. and Brazil accounted for 28.4% of all cosmetic procedures worldwide.
Veneers play an essential role in diverse cosmetic dentistry corrections such as:
- Tooth defects
- Abnormal tooth color
- Distorted teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Microdontia (small teeth)
- Crooked teeth
Porcelain veneers offer the most immediate transformation, requiring minimum time and dentist appointments. They are made specifically for each patient to ensure the correct placement and fit.
History of Dental Veneers
It has been 10 years since veneers became one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. However, they originated in the film industry around a century ago.
Back then, veneers were limited to actors and celebrities to improve their on-screen facial features and smile. Dr. Charles Pincus, the person behind this invention, would temporarily fit fake fronts on actors’ teeth.
Over time, this trend became a Hollywood staple.
Then in the 1960s, Dr. Michael Buonocore started the modern technique of acid-etching and bonding. He was the first dentist to etch teeth with a slightly acidic solution. This resulted in more substantial and long-lasting bonding as well as dental restorations.
R.J. Simonsen and J.R. Calamia were the first dentists who used this technique with porcelain veneers back in 1982. After this invention, veneers continued expanding in popularity.
Why are Porcelain Veneers So Popular Today?
During the last 30 years, dental veneers have significantly evolved. Now they are more convenient and appear natural, thanks to the innovations in dentistry. The latest veneers in practice are strong, robust, and surprisingly easy to come by.
Because of this, patients have the luxury of shopping around for the best price. For example, the cost of porcelain veneers in Colombia is much more affordable than those in America.
More on that in a second!
Another reason these are so popular is because they’re an easy and painless treatment. That means no extended hours of tooth preparation.
Here’s how the veneer procedure works:
Step 1. Consultation with your dentist: We’ll discuss your goals, show you a 2D prediction on a computer, make preps to your teeth and get a 3D impression of your mouth during this appointment.
Step 2. This step is optional and it is to make a mock-up of the veneers in your mouth. You will be able to see how they are going to look before the porcelain is milled, so you can make any change you want. This step will take an additional day.
Step 3: Apply your veneers: After a few days, you’ll come back into the office and get your veneers! The procedure does not affect the enamel structure, and only a tiny quantity of cavitation is removed. These are paper thin, so you won’t need to have them shaved down like this.
This minimum invasive tooth repair treatment offers incredible beauty and high biocompatibility, all with no injury.
Who are the Ideal Porcelain Veneers Candidates?
To save you on costs for porcelain veneers, it’s ideal that your teeth and gums are in healthy condition. That means no gingivitis, tooth decay, or cavities. Otherwise, you’ll need to have these treated (via root canal or fillings) before moving forward with your veneers. Naturally, these extra procedures add to the cost of your porcelain veneers.
The ideal patient is the one who has achieved a successful orthodontic treatment, also there is a small percentage of people who don’t need braces, because they already have a good occlusion or aligned teeth.
Here are a few reasons you may need veneers:
- To treat discoloration:Sometimes, teeth whitening (a.k.a teeth bleaching) does not work. Your extensive discoloration can be due to tetracycline, aging, excessive fluoride uptake, and amelogenesis imperfecta.
- You have enamel hypo calcification: A condition where your teeth don’t have enough calcium.
- To replace lost tissue: This happens due to aging, parafunction, or fractures.
- You have gaps: We can use veneers to close the gaps between the anterior teeth and to cure congenital tooth malformation.
- To fix misaligned teeth: If you have poor shape/placement, veneers can be re-shaped for the best smile. You might prefer this over adult braces.
- To change the size and shape of your teeth. Veneers can make them bigger, smoother and more aesthetic.
A few conditions must be fulfilled to be eligible for porcelain veneers in Colombia.
Firstly, your oral and periodontal health should be in good condition. Secondly, your enamel should be healthy enough for us to be able to remove a thin layer to make room for the shells.
Veneers should be ideally bonded to enamel to ensure a long lasting adhesion.
We also ask that you come with an idea of your cosmetic goals and what exactly you want the final look to be.
After the procedure, you must follow a strict oral hygiene routine, such as brushing your teeth three times per day.
If you have any doubt to initiate your treatment please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can send us pictures and we will guide you to the process.
Is it necessary to shave my teeth for porcelain veneers?
This matter will depend on the initial condition, such as position and tooth color.
For example, if you have crooked teeth, shaving the section where the teeth overlap will be necessary. If you have a discolored tooth, we should shave it to gain more thickness to opaque the undesired color
We recommend shaving 0.3 mm (0.01 inches) of your teeth for veneers (this is the usual thickness of porcelain veneers). We only do this near the top of your tooth (the part where the veneer will contact the gum), so we can avoid an over-contour that can generate gum inflammation.
We always work with magnification to have precision and achieve a minimally invasive treatment!
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
If you want your porcelain veneers to last for the longest possible time, you should take care of your dental hygiene and choose a good and experienced dentist like Dr. Andrés Arias in Colombia.
These pre-and post-treatment responsibilities fall on your shoulders. The rest is determined by:
- The material used (porcelain veneers last the longer)
- The lab fabrication
- Tooth preparation and design
- The insertion method (rubber dam isolation is the gold standard)
If all the mentioned demands are fulfilled, porcelain veneers can last 12 – 20 years.
Tooth shifting chances are minimal because the preparation should not break the contacts between the teeth.
This dental process changes the patient’s appearance and ensures successful restoration. There is no postoperative sensitivity when they have a good fit and are bonded to enamel. If your dentist is well-experienced, they will not prepare the tooth beyond the enamel. As a result, the retention ability of your veneers will be maximum.
How Many Veneers Do I Need?
We recommend you get an even number of veneers done with the same material. The average number is 10 veneers per arch. In some cases we recommend 12, but that will depend on your smile.
Can I combine veneer materials?
We do not recommend making this, as porcelain and composite have different optical and physical properties making them look and behave unevenly. The result won’t be the one we are looking to achieve.
Do I need to shape my gums?
That will also depend on your condition. Pictures are going to help us diagnose if you have a gummy smile or not. Gums should be symmetrical between the right and left sides. We make this procedure with electrosurgery, which grants us a fast recovery and a painless procedure.
Do You Give Guarantee?
Yes, we give one year guarantee. We do not cover fractures generated by accidents or traumas.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost in Colombia?
Porcelain veneers cost about $350 per tooth in Colombia. So, it’s pretty affordable and might surprise foreigners!
Porcelain veneers cost around $3,500 for 10 to $7,000 for 20 in Colombia. Compared to the U.S., where the average cost of porcelain veneers is around $1,000 per tooth, you’re getting a pretty good deal.
How can I spend my time in Neiva?
There are plenty of plans you can do here. For example:
- Sailing at Betania’s dam
- Visit Tatacoa Desert
- Enjoy night clubs and restaurants in the city
- San Agustín Archaeological Park
Are you wondering if you should be getting porcelain veneers or not? The simple answer is: if there is something about your smile you don’t entirely approve of, get these veneers. They solve appearance problems like staining and uneven smiles and functional problems like bite issues.
Contact Dr. Andres Arias if your want the safest and best clinic for porcelain veneers in Colombia. He has a team of highly specialized dentists willing to offer the best porcelain veneer procedure!
We also speak English and you can call us with WhatsApp.