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What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored sheets bonded to the teeth’ front surface to improve their appearance. They are often made of porcelain or resin composite materials and are permanently bonded to the teeth.

The most significant benefit of veneers is to improve the appearance of your teeth, giving you a brighter, more even smile. Dental veneers are often used to treat the following cosmetic issues:

• Broken or chipped teeth

• Severe discoloration or uneven coloration that cannot be fixed with whitening

• Gaps in the teeth

• Teeth that are smaller than average

• Teeth that are pointed or misshapen unusual

Some people can only get one veneer for a chipped or broken tooth, but many get six to eight shells to create a smooth, symmetrical smile. The upper eight front teeth are the most applied veneers.

What are the different types of dental veneers? Dental veneers are mainly made of porcelain. Applying traditional dental veneers requires more intensive preparation than alternatives that are sometimes referred to as “no-prep veneers.” These no-prep veneers, which include options like Lumineers and Vivaneeres, take less time and are less invasive to apply. Traditional dental veneers usually involve polishing the tooth structure and sometimes removing part of the tooth even beyond the enamel.

This allows for proper placement, but it is also irreversible and requires local anesthesia.

On the other hand, Bare veneers may require some preparation or alteration of the tooth, but these alterations are minimal. Instead of removing layers of teeth below the enamel, bare metal veneers only affect the enamel. In many cases, bare metal veneers do not require local anesthetics.

How much do dental veneers cost in Panama?

Veneers are not typically covered by insurance as they are considered a cosmetic procedure.

In our clinic, traditional veneers can cost an average of 650 and 700 dollars each, and the duration depends on the care that the patient has, hygiene, habits, and regular cleaning of each patient.

Preliminary appointment for dental veneers

In your preliminary appointment at Clínica Dental Champsaur, we will discuss which options suit you and how many veneers you wish to place. In some cases, if your teeth are crooked or uneven, you may need to wear braces before your dentist can place veneers.

Clínica Dental Champsaur often takes x-rays at this stage to assess the health of your teeth, and we will also perform a mock-up to simulate what the results may look like before beginning treatment.

We look for signs of cavities, gum disease, or the need for root canals. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be a candidate for veneers.

To get the exact size of your veneers, we will trim about half a millimeter of your tooth at your next appointment before they take an impression of your teeth. This mold is then sent to the laboratory to create your veneers.

How are veneers placed on teeth? It usually takes one to two weeks after your dentist creates your mold to get your surfaces back from the lab.

In our clinic, they can be done in less time if planned, even in 2 or 3 days, depending on the case. Thanks, digital technology speeds up all the laboratory preparation and makes it more predictable and accurate. Then, the dentists at Clínica Dental Champsaur will evaluate the veneers’ fit, shape, and color to make sure they are perfect for you. Next, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly to prevent bacteria from getting trapped under the veneer and causing cavities. After doing this, we will use a grinding tool to create a rougher texture on each tooth veneered.

We then use dental cement to bond the veneer to the tooth. We use ultraviolet light to harden this cement quickly, and once you leave our clinic, your smile will look much better.

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