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Is it possible to put veneers on uneven teeth: features

Answering whether it is possible to put veneers on uneven teeth, one should understand what tasks veneering solves in dentistry. Veneers and the finest lumineers are special ceramic onlays that instantly transform a smile. Onlays hide minor defects in enamel, give a dazzling shine and self-confidence.

Veneers can solve the tooth’s slight crookedness, for example, when they are twisted or have interdental spaces. However, microprosthetics does not solve the pathological occlusion issue, unlike braces, retainers, and trainers. Despite the high cost of one veneer, the method has several disadvantages. Therefore, before installation, it is necessary to clarify the advisability of applying ceramic onlays.

Indications for Placing Veneers

Veneers don’t fit every patient who wants to achieve an instant, snow-white smile without defects. Indications for restorative prosthetics are:

  • minor cosmetic defects of the enamel (chips, cracks, discoloring);
  • the slight angle of inclination, slight tooth tilt angle;
  • interdental spaces, diastema or three anterior teeth;
  • too small and short teeth;
  • discoloration of the filling material or its detachment from the dentin. 

The doctor makes the decision about the veneering procedure based on the data of the dental history. Veneers do not solve pathological occlusion: cross, mesial, deep, open, and other types of orthodontic disorders. The main task of veneers and lumineers is to improve the aesthetics of a smile and protect the enamel’s outer surface from damaging factors.

The lifespan of veneers, subject to quality work and material, is ten years. The term can be increased. The warranty period depends on the patient. If the patient adheres to all medical recommendations, visits the dentist, and is attentive to food choice, the performance can significantly increase.

Can Veneers be Placed on Crooked Teeth?

It is a common misconception to consider veneers or lumineers (a type of veneer with a thinner ceramic layer) as a radical way to correct a pathological occlusion violating the dental arches. Unlike braces, which help to change the direction of tooth growth, veneers solve only cosmetic problems: 

  • give the teeth volume when they lack it or when some teeth are located deep;
  • cover some defects of the outer surface of the enamel;
  • highlight snow-white shine and self-confidence. 

The pronounced teeth crookedness and the change in their growth direction cannot be corrected only with veneers. Besides, ceramic onlays are installed exclusively on the outer surface of the tooth. The inner side remains unchanged. It is recommended to consider alternative methods of orthodontic treatment to fix severe problems.

Dental Veneers Benefits

The advantages of correcting defects in tooth enamel and some teeth problems applying veneers are the following:

  1. Fast results. It will take only 5-7 days from ordering ceramic onlays to enamel restoration. Artistic restoration of teeth takes one visit immediately after manufacturing.
  2. Quality assurance. With the dentist and restorative clinician’s quality work, the life span of veneers reaches 15-20 years. The service life is also influenced by the patient’s compliance with medical recommendations.
  3. Painless procedure. The patient comfortably tolerates all manipulations. Anesthesia is required for high sensitivity of the gums and enamel. 

The advantages of veneering are high aesthetic properties, the absence of a long adaptive period, naturalness (when choosing a natural shade), and the ability to return to business immediately after completing the procedure.

The Downside to Dental Veneers

Despite the quick beauty and perfect smile after veneers or lumineers are placed, the method of artistic restoration still has significant drawbacks:

  1. Enamel removing. The outer layer of the enamel needs to be removed. This is required for better fixation and naturalness of the tooth after restoration. If the enamel is not faced, the ceramic onlays will look too bulky. By choosing lumineers, you can avoid this stage, but they are costly and not available to everyone.
  2. Veneers cannot be repaired or removed. If for some reason, a chip occurs on the teeth, a crack has gone, tooth decay has appeared, or chronic periodontitis has worsened, the removal of the veneer and the application of a new onlay are required. You cannot only remove the layer. Veneering is considered an irreversible procedure.
  3. Susceptibility to teeth decay. Removing the enamel layer and covering only the outer part of the tooth often provokes caries development. Treatment involves the opening of the tooth plate and placement of a new onlay. 

The more pronounced the defect in the development of teeth, the larger the enamel layer will need to be removed. On average, the tooth becomes thinner by only 1 mm. Despite the protective layer in the form of an artificial ceramic mass, the thinning of the dental unit’s body leads to hypersensitivity of the teeth.

In the future, patients should visit a restorative clinician at least twice a year. If the plate is subsequently removed, and the possibility of restoring teeth by veneering is impossible, an artificial crown is required.

Veneers should not be placed on children under 18 or pregnant women. Patients with thinned enamel, tooth hypersensitivity, and pronounced malocclusion will not get the expected result placing veneers.

Before and After Photos

Photos of our work before and after treatment.

Veneers Care 

An essential responsibility of patients is to take care of veneers to maintain their integrity and whiteness. There are several recommendations to follow the artistic restoration procedure:

  • do not eat crispbreads, seeds, nuts, and other coarse food;
  • limit fiber-rich foods that can get stuck in the interdental septa;
  • exclude the teeth-staining foods: red wine, beets, black coffee, strong black tea. 

It would be best if you got used to new eating habits. Before eating, you should divide the dish into many small pieces, chew only with the lateral teeth. All food should be relatively warm, without sudden changes from cold to hot and vice versa. Warm liquid or semi-liquid food is an ideal form of nutrition in the first months after the procedure.

Be sure to soften the load on the teeth with veneers. Most often, anterior teeth need aesthetic correction, but with the client’s financial ability, it is possible to cover the entire dentition’s enamel. There is no fundamental difference in the care of veneers or lumineers.

The only aspect that can complicate the hygienic care of classic dental onlays is a small gap between the enamel and the adhesive base. The thicker the plate, the lower the fit and the higher the step in the onlay and gingival margin. The end of the plate in the gum area can rub when chewing and provoke the inflammatory process’s development. That is why it is essential to monitor the condition of the gums.

Comparing Veneers and Braces – Features of Orthopedic Correction

In fact, teeth can be aligned not only with braces but also with veneers. The only difference is that veneers help with minor defects. When installing braces, there is no need to grind the teeth; the correction lasts for 1-2 years (depending on the bite’s pathology). Teeth with braces require more care and require an irrigator. The adaptation period when installing braces is more difficult, especially in adolescents.

Veneers eliminate aesthetic imperfections but require enamel grinding. The patient receives an even, snow-white smile after several visits. There are no special requirements for hygiene, except for cleaning with pastes and rinses. While braces align teeth for life, veneers have a relatively short lifespan. If the patch loses its appearance or is damaged, the dentist must remove the old one and fix the new one.

Veneers for Crooked Teeth – Price

The veneer placement is quite expensive. The price for one ceramic patch varies from 6 to 8 thousand per unit. The price of lumineers can reach 10 thousand hryvnias per unit. The high cost is associated with using a unique manufacturing technique and eliminating the stage in removing a more extensive layer of enamel.

Veneers for Crooked Teeth Contraindications 

Even though veneers solve some crooked teeth problems, sometimes their fixation is impractical and technically impossible. There are contraindications for veneering:

  • severe pathological occlusal condition;
  • crowded teeth;
  • displacement of the dentition of the lower jaw to the upper one;
  • absence of contacts between lower and upper teeth;
  • bruxism;
  • the habit of eating hard foods: seeds, nuts, crispbreads. 

Veneers can be placed in a specialized dental clinic. After the consultation, the doctor will help you choose the best method of teeth alignment. Sometimes orthodontic correction methods can be combined. The Clinic of Aesthetic Dentistry in Kyiv employs restorative clinicians with extensive experience in dental prosthetics. Veneering is a required procedure for world pop stars and actors. Today, this method of improving a smile’s appearance is available to many people away from the spotlight.

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