At Dental Aesthetics Athens, we are specialized in minimally invasive veneers, that should create dramatic and natural smiles. As our core principles highlight minimal invassiveness and structural integrity of healthy teeth, ceramic veneers serve these purposes finely.
Porcelain veneers are regarded the most conservative and aesthetic dental restorations. They restore aesthetics and function even with no tooth reduction / cutting.
In our clinic, each restorative treatment is ignited with and driven by the Aesthetic Analysis and DSD (see:aesthetic analysis). The designed outcome is faithfully transferred on to the natural teeth with the use of navigation indexes soaked with flowable trial composite. So, we are able to show you how the end result may look, and that is directly from the very beginning.
Limitations or contra-indications to ceramic veneers are considered pre-operatively with the Aesthetic&Functional Analysis (i.e. extreme malposition of teeth, need for periodontal therapy, need for additional treatments).
Cornerstone for such conservative, yet premium aesthetic restorations is the ultra durable bonding procedures, that have been introduced the last years
Composite veneers (see: composite veneers) are either intra-orally built-up with layering technique, or extra-orally milled by CAD/CAM setup, and later bonded to teeth. As opposed to composite veneer, its porcelain counterparts can only be indirectly fabricated regularly with CAD/CAM installation.
Major advantage is, that minimal preparation of the tooth (e.g. reduction) is regularly demanded. Most of the cases can be treated in ”no-cut no-drill” approach.
Most veneer procedures can be carried out without anesthesia.
In heavy discolorations, matching the shade of a sole veneer and blending it into the color of the adjacent teeth sometimes appears problematic, hence pre-treatment with whitening procedures of the dentition is a prerequisite. Thus, minimally invasive tooth preparation can finally be operated.
Typically, a labial 0.3-0.5 mm of tooth reduction/cutting is required for a porcelain veneer.
However, in well selected cases, natural tissues can be fully preserved.
Especially,on retruded teeth no cutting is employed. As a result, treatment can be non-invasive and teeth can remain intact.
Porcelain (ceramic) veneers are also used to resurface teeth such as to make them appear straighter and with a pleasing alignment.
Porcelain veneers demand 2-3 visits.
New sophisticated composite veneers feature endurance, mechanical robustness and outstanding aesthetics. Biomimetics is their main property, as they exhibit similar optics, stiffness and elasticity with the natural teeth.
They can predictably repair shape deformities and tooth dis-colorations.
By definition, a composite veneer is a thin layer of synthetic resin, which is placed on the front surface of tooth to either improve appearance, or to comprehensively restore and mask multiple fillings.
Composite veneers can enhance brightness and correct shape of teeth so as to naturally blend with the whole dental synthesis. They harmoniously make up a mostly pleasant, healthier and younger smile.
Limitations to the use of composite veneers can be extreme tooth-malposition, bleeding gums etc
Enrichement with nano-particles optimizes brand-new resins and their optical properties to such an extent , that oftentimes rival ceramics. Therefore, synthetic resins are considered the material of choice for immediate veneers
Cornerstone for such conservative, yet advanced restorations are the brand-new, state-of-the-art bonding agents exhibiting strong adhesion at the interface between tooth and restorative materials
Even in intact dentitions, onlays can be adhered to the posterior teeth to help provide space for longer front teeth , without compromising (eg drilling) healthy tissues.
Inlays & Onlays – Indications
When a tooth of any of these groups is excessively decayed, damaged or fractured, a direct restoration (a build-up) of conventional composite filling is often not applicable. In such cases, inlays & onlays made of porcelain or synthetic resins support the tissues successfully and with a long-term prognosis. The fabrication of those restorations provide a highly aesthetic outcome along with utmost ideal durability and strength.
The alternatives to such cases would be a crown, or root canal therapy and a post, all considered none-the-less outperformed and over-treating procedures.
Inlays & Onlays are fabricated with a CAD/CAM setup, that means a precise impression of the teeth is taken and the fabrication is custom made for the patient in the dental laboratory, while a temporary is in place.
Sophisticated synthetic resins (ie composites) exhibit outstanding mechanical and aesthetic properties, that almost confront ceramics. They are by default considered material of choice for the fabrication of inlays/onlays, unless contra-indications present.