Dental veneers are thin shells which get attached to the front surface of a patient’s teeth.
Most commonly, veneers are used to improve aesthetic appearance of the smile which requires placing them only on the upper teeth. However, a patient may choose to order a whole-mouth set of veneers or place them both on top and bottom front teeth but only in the smile area.
Types of dental veneers in Turkey
There are two main types of dental veneers depending on the material they are made of Ceramics and Composite. The installation of Ceramic shells is an indirect technique since such veneers are produced in specialized laboratories. Ceramics are known to consist of materials which are retrieved from non-organic substances in the presence of high temperatures. In particular, the following types are used in our centre in Turkey:
- Porcelain. Porcelain shells are produced in two ways: the first one implies covering a tooth with medical porcelain and then exposing it to burning, while the second one consists in pressing porcelain mass in the presence of high temperatures and high pressure so that its shape conformed to the mould. Pressed porcelain obtain unique physical characteristics, becoming extremely strong and durable. In general, the appearance of porcelain veneers is very similar to that of natural teeth, and these shells maintain their original features over a long period of time.
- Zirconium. In an attempt to find an even more robust material for the manufacturing of dental shells, scientists proposed to opt for zirconium which used to be widely popular among jewellers. The frame of such shells is made of zirconium dioxide and is produced on specialized machines, being further covered with porcelain mass. The use of robots for the production of veneers allows eliminating nearly any error: such shells mimic perfectly the shape of the teeth and secure tight attachment. The key advantages of zirconium are its strength and high degree of biocompatibility.
- Special Ceramics. Lumineers, or Hollywood laminated veneers, are produced in the USA according to a special proprietary technology and are made of dedicated Ceramics. This technology allows creating durable and ultra-thin shells, which means that Lumineers can be installed without performing tooth facing and can be removed if necessary. Lumineers are also dubbed as “no-prep veneers”. At the same time, such shells are installed rather quickly, they don’t change their colour with time and are absolutely bio-compatible.
How much do veneers cost in Turkey?
The average price of installing veneers in foreign countries is from £700 to £2,300 per tooth while in our dental centre in Turkey you will be able to save your money and install one veneer at a price of just £210. If you order a whole set of veneers in Turkey, it will cost you 10 times less than if you chose to obtain this dental service in Europe, in the USA or in Great Britain.
Full set of veneers in our clinics in Turkey cost starts from £4500.
In our dental clinics in Turkey, we work with all types of Porcelain, Zirconium, and Ceramic shells (including E-max veneers which have become largely popular due to their reliability). Please refer to our pricelist to find out all the details.
Porcelain or composite? How long do veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last from 10 to 15 years. Their main advantages are robustness and reliability.
No-prep veneers cost less but their lifetime doesn’t exceed 5-7 years. If your priority is long-term economizing and the best price/quality ratio, then it is recommended to prefer Porcelain veneers to no-prep ones.
It should also be noted that porcelain is much more tolerant to the negative impact of hard food.
Direct or indirect?
The difference between direct and indirect shells consists not only in the time needed for their manufacturing and installation.
Indirect veneers are produced in laboratories in the presence of high pressure and high temperatures, which secures their extreme durability. In the process of placing direct veneers the dentist is not able to expose the composite to such conditions.
On the other hand, direct veneers allow adjusting their shape right in the process of their installation without any serious difficulties. Direct shells don’t require complete tooth preparation; the dentist only performs facing in several areas, which doesn’t lead to increased teeth sensitivity.
Who can use veneers and what are their advantages?
Dental veneers are most recommended to patients with the following dental issues:
• the dark colour of the enamel, the presence of spots, chips, cracks and other defects which deteriorate the appearance of your smile,
• deep nicotine stains,
• chip-prone enamel,
• enamel loss due to ageing,
• gaps in teeth,
• slightly irregular teeth.
The main benefit of veneers is that they don’t lose their original colour nor shape – that is, dental shells don’t get stained, thanks to which your smile will remain beautiful, natural, and attractive for many years to come. You will not have to undergo regular whitening, while sensitive teeth will be protected from cavities, burns, and damages. Besides, veneers can be installed in Turkey on one tooth only or can cover the full set of veneers, thus eliminating all defects of a patient’s smile.
Like any dental treatment, the installation of veneers is prohibited in the following cases:
- bruxism (teeth grinding at nights);
- cavities and poor oral hygiene;
Many patients want to know whether veneers can be placed on crooked teeth. Micro shells are able to mask slight teeth irregularity but the only proper way to eliminate this problem is to wear braces. In case your teeth are severely irregular, the dentist will anyway recommend more comprehensive treatment than just visual correction.
Veneer installation in Turkey: main stages and timeframe
Before dental veneers in Turkey are installed, the dentist will necessarily perform oral sanitation, removing cavities, plaque, and calculus. Your teeth must be healthy and clean.
Stage 1 – Digital modelling
The dentist will use digital moulds in order to model veneers taking into account your bite, orientation of teeth, your facial features, and smiling habit. Before the treatment starts, the patient will be able to “try” the future smile on the screen and to see what his face will look like. This enables the patient to discuss all the aesthetic issues with his dentist.
Stage 2 – Preparation of teeth
The front layer of the enamel gets faced to a certain depth (0.2-0.6 mm). In case of irregular or protruding teeth, the degree of facing can be higher. During the teeth preparation the dentist creates vertical and horizontal micro pits which will secure better adhesion (fixation) of Veneers, since the contact surface will be larger. In order to eliminate pain, this procedure can be performed in the presence of applicative local anaesthesia.
In case there are crooked teeth in your teeth raw, the dentist will have to face them, otherwise they would protrude even after the shells are placed.
Stage 3 – Taking of control moulds and creation of shells
Post-facing control jaw moulds get sent to a laboratory where they will be used for producing dental shells. In the meantime the dentist will fix temporary plastic veneers so that the patient could get used to his or her new smile, and the dentist himself could introduce corrections (as a rule, this is done during the first week of wearing temporary shells). The manufacturing of permanent veneers takes approximately two weeks.
Stage 4 – Installation
Once your shells are ready, the dentist will remove temporary veneers (they will not be used anymore). Then permanent shells will be fixed with the use of temporary removable glue so that you and your dentist could assess the result. The final step is the permanent installation of veneers.
Which dentist should I choose in Turkey?
Presently there are few experienced professionals who specialize in aesthetic dental restoration. Our dental centre in Turkey offers an impressive range of services, including veneer installation. We collaborate with the most reliable and highly-qualified dentists.
Can veneers be whitened?
If your composite veneers have become yellowish or brownish, you may think of removing this defect by means of some home whitening kit. However, composite is not very responsive to whitening substances, and this is just one of the many reasons why you should consult your dentist before trying to whiten your veneers.
Even if veneers cannot be whitened, their appearance can still be improved. A professional dental cleaning can help remove superficial discolouring, so do not forget to visit your dentist at least once every 6 months.
In case your veneers have changed their colour considerably, the dentist may recommend installing new dental shells.
Veneer care and maintenance
In order to prevent veneer discolouring, you will need to take proper care for your shells – just like in case of natural tooth enamel. Try to avoid deeply-coloured foods and drinks which can stain not only the enamel itself but also your veneers. These include coffee, tea, curry, pasta sauces, berries and balsamic vinegar.
If you can’t deny yourself the pleasure of drinking a cup of your favourite tea or coffee, then do not forget to use a toothbrush and paste afterwards: they will not only help avoid veneer discolouring but also remove bacteria which congregate on your teeth, tongue, gums, and on inner surface of your cheeks. If there is no opportunity to clean your teeth, use mouthwash or at least some clean water.
Veneers are an easy and quick way to obtain beautiful smile but they need to be properly cared for. Try to avoid colourful foods and drinks, clean your teeth regularly, and do not forget to visit your dentist on a regular basis for professional dental cleaning.