These are color and shape corrections of the teeth with composite material. This plastic filling material is applied in layers over the teeth (with or without slight corrections to the tooth position) and cured via a polymerization lamp. Afterwards, sufficient time is spent to shape it and polish it to a high gloss. These treatments are only done by the dentist and directly in the mouth. The result thus strongly depends on the skills and experiences of the dentist. The color correction is done in consultation with the patient and can be carried out from very white (bleach color) to a more natural warm yellow-white color. Advantages of this type of treatment are the speed (1 or 2 treatments) and lower cost compared to porcelain veneers. Disadvantages are the color stability and strength. Composite veneers lose their shine and discolor more quickly than porcelain veneers. For this reason, we often recommend replacing composite veneers after 5 to 10 years based on the patient's aesthetic wishes. Good daily oral hygiene is the greatest guarantee of a successful lasting result.
Porcelain veneers or facings are made in consultation with the patient and dental technician. The dentist determines the design of the new smile in consultation with the patient and simulates this in the mouth. Once the patient agrees, this is communicated to the dental technician using photo and video. After any preparatory treatments such as gum corrections or bleaching, the treatment is usually carried out in 2 sessions. During the first treatment, the teeth are slightly corrected where necessary to create the desired space for the dental technician (0.3 to 1 mm) in function of the desired color and to prevent the facings from appearing too thick or convex. In elderly patients there is often enamel loss and veneers can be started with minimal adjustments. However, if the teeth are not well positioned or the intended color difference is very significant, more space must be created to achieve a natural result. After these corrections, the teeth are printed or scanned and delivered to the dental technician who can then get to work creating the porcelain veneers. After this treatment, the patient is given 'temporary veneers' in plastic to protect the teeth and to give an impression of the end result. However, these temporary veneers are quite fragile and during this time the patient should avoid hard things when chewing as well as biting things off with the front teeth. If the patient has any comments about the design, the patient will visit the practice (or lab) once more to discuss the final design of the final veneers. MOND only works with top dental technicians from LAB@MOND, among others, who deliver handmade customization for an optimal end result. After 1 to 2 weeks, these veneers are ready and are inspected by the dentist before they are fitted to the patient.
During this 2nd treatment, the temporary veneers are removed and the permanent veneers are fitted, where after the patient approves them for placement. If the patient agrees, the veneers are placed with the necessary care and precision under the most hygienic conditions for perfect integration with the surrounding gums and minimal risk of discoloration due to saliva or blood contamination. 1 week later, the patient returns to the practice for a final inspection of the bite and fit, where after final photos are taken of the result.
Porcelain veneer treatments are very critical, but when done correctly they give wonderful results that last for the long term as long as the patient maintains good daily oral hygiene. Scientific research speaks of survival rates of 90% after 10 years in patients who do not grind. If there is a suspicion of squeaking or clamping, we make an extra protective bar to wear at night.