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Porcelain veneers, also known as all-ceramic aesthetic restorations, are currently the most advanced form of aesthetic restoration of teeth. They can be fitted both in the upper and lower jaw. They make it possible to achieve the effect of beautiful, even and bright teeth which are also significantly more resistant to mechanical damage compared to classical composite. Their  durability is estimated to be around 15 years.

After this period, due to the irreversible process of the ageing of gums and the decrease in the strength of the bonding, it may be necessary to exchange them for new ones.

A classical veneer is a thin shell made out of highly aesthetic dental porcelain cemented to the front side of the tooth. It is from 0.4 to 1.5 mm thick, thanks to which this method is significantly less invasive compared to porcelain crowns.

The condition for this kind of restoration is proper oral hygiene, stable occlusal conditions and a low level of tooth damage.

In case of extensive cavities, fitting a crown is recommended, as the veneer itself is a very delicate restoration and only when it is fixed on a stable basis, can it become an extremely strong filling of enhanced aesthetic value.

Thanks to the technique of multi-layer fusion, it is possible to obtain natural translucency and the depth of porcelain structure, which additionally makes the surface of porcelain resemble natural enamel surface. Due to their photo-optical features, veneers integrate very well into the teeth surface, thanks to which the process of enamel stripping is kept to the minimum.

Indications for veneers include:

  • various types of abnormalities in the micro and macrostructure of the enamel,
  • tooth shape abnormalities,
  • moderate discoloration, which cannot be removed by whitening,
  • extensive cervical cavities,
  • worn incisal edges.

A typical course of treatment comprises four appointments.

  1. During the first appointment, the doctor takes medical history, performs a detailed dental examination, evaluates the aesthetics of the dentition and discusses the patients’ expectations. Thorough photographic documentation and dental impressions are also made.
  2. After the proposed computer-visualised teeth shape is prepared and accepted, a technician makes a wax veneer mock-up, which is used during the subsequent appointment to prepare a test work to assess aesthetics, phonetics and functions.
  3. If tests are successful, during the third appointment the Patient’s teeth are gently and selectively stripped. Dental impressions are made and temporary veneers are prepared.
  4. The last, final appointment finalises the process – ready porcelain veneers are cemented to the Patient’s teeth.