If you’re considering your cosmetic dentistry options, you might have heard of ultra-thin veneers. Sure, veneers have been on the market for a long time, but are ultra-thin veneers different, and if so, how are they different? It’s true that veneers aren’t a new thing to hit the market. In fact, many people have been coveting them for years, and millions of people have been lucky enough to use them to transform their smiles. The veneer is somewhat of a miracle quick-fix for dental problems because it can fix embarrassing alignment issues, disguise an unwanted “Madonna gap” or chip, and change the shape and color of teeth in a jiffy.
The unfortunate part is that regular veneers can weaken teeth due to all the preparation required before they’re applied. When choosing traditional veneers, your teeth must be shaved down, weakening the tooth tissue.
At this stage, you need to know that ultra-thin veneers are pretty different from regular veneers. For starters, they’re ultra-thin (it’s in the name!), which automatically makes them more comfortable when they’re first installed. In addition, there’s no shaving of the natural teeth required and, as such, are often referred to as “no-prep veneers” and leave most of the natural, original tooth tissue intact. Expert craftsmanship goes into making up ultra-thin veneers. In addition, advancements in cosmetic dentistry make it possible to apply a veneer without extensively filing the tooth enamel. As a result, the new veneer doesn’t look bulky on the tooth or feel unnatural to the patient. In fact, the ultra-thin veneer is only between 0.2 and 0.4 mm thick.
Are Ultra-Thin Veneers Weak?
One of the first things on most patients’ minds is quality when being offered the option of ultra-thin veneers. The good news is that ultra-thin veneers are made from durable porcelain, so there’s no need to worry about durability.
Top Benefits of Ultra-Thin Veneers
Ultra-thin veneers come with a great benefit: they last longer! The reason they last longer is because the treatment is minimally invasive and because they last longer because the veneer doesn’t impose any structural damage to the tooth beneath it. They also come with other benefits, which are listed below:
Another exceptional benefit of ultra-thin veneers is that they can last as long as 20 years, with most patients reporting 10 to 15 years at an absolute minimum.
Of course, the trick to a long-lasting veneer is to have good dental hygiene and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
- Protect Your Original Tooth
The thin layer bonded to your original tooth provides long-term protection for your natural tooth against chips, cracks, and decay.
A drill is often used to roughen the surface of teeth to assist with the bonding process. However, this is not required when applying ultra-thin veneers.
- Get The Smile You’ve Always Wanted
The ultra-thin veneers can be designed to correct tooth alignment, gaps, and color issues when applied. As a result, you can get a super-model smile instantly!
The application process of ultra-thin veneers requires minimal removal of enamel. As a result, you won’t feel any sensitivity or pain during or after the veneers are applied.
One of the best things about ultra-thin veneers is that they can replicate the natural appearance of tooth enamel as they are highly translucent.
To fix stained or discolored teeth will take intensive teeth whitening processes that must be repeated and can be painful. In addition, teeth alignment issues may require months or years of expensive and painful braces. Chips, cracks, and other cosmetic problems are quickly and easily “fixed up” without the need for lengthy, costly, and often painful procedures.
Popular Ultra-Thin Veneer Products
Because the ultra-thin veneer is delicate and must be handled carefully during the application process, it is essential to ensure that you select an experienced and skilled dentist to assist with the provision and final application of your ultra-thin veneers.
Several products are on the market, with Lumineer and Emprethin, the go-to products for most dentists.
- Lumineer – this porcelain ultra-thin veneer is just 0.2 mm thick and requires zero drilling and grinding. These veneers can be bonded over bridgework or an existing crown.
- Emprethin – pressed ceramic ultra-thin veneer is between 0.2 mm and 0.4 mm thick. This low-prep veneer is minimally invasive. The size, shape, and issue you are experiencing with your teeth will determine if Emprethin veneers are right for you.
The Process to Install Ultra-Thin Veneers
While ultra-thin veneers are a quick way to get the smile you want, it will take two appointments and several weeks. The process generally follows this route:
The first appointment is when the dentist makes a mold of the teeth you wish to have veneered. The process requires color matching to ensure that the veneer is the same color as the rest of your teeth. Next, the mold is sent to a laboratory to manufacture the veneers. If you’re opting for a low-preparation technique, the dentist will abrade the teeth that will be veneered to ensure the new veneer will fit smoothly. Temporary resin veneers are usually fitted during this visit to ensure your teeth look normal. While the resin veneers look normal, they aren’t as durable or long-lasting as actual veneers.
The dentist will remove the temporary veneers during this appointment and thoroughly clean the teeth before bonding the veneers to the teeth. The process is pain-free, and you can plaster a perfect smile on your face in a short time.
If you wish to have your teeth whitened, this will need to be a separate appointment that is done before the veneer mold is taken. Teeth whitening is done before the mold to ensure that the lab manufactures the correct color veneer.
Ultra-thin veneers are the ultimate solution for people who wish to have their dental issues solved in the shortest space of time. They are also the perfect treatment for those who want a beautiful smile almost instantly. If you’re looking for an advanced treatment comparable to traditional veneers, ultra-thin veneers are the answer.
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