Q: What are veneers?
A: According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during a series of in-office procedures. Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain or a composite resin material used to reinvigorate the natural look of your teeth. They are custom made to fit over the patient’s teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be an ideal option for improving the appearance of the front teeth.
Q: Why should I get veneers?
A: Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces. According to the British Dental Health Foundation, veneers can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile, correcting issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips.
Q: What’s the difference between direct and indirect veneers?
A: Direct veneers are composite-based restorations that are directly applied on teeth in order to change the shape or color of a tooth or teeth in a single visit. The disadvantage of direct veneers is that they are not designed for patients that need multiple cosmetic adjustments – such as instances where multiple teeth need to be reshaped, resized, and made lighter. I got direct veneers as my teeth didn’t need much reshaping to make them look good. There was very minimal shaving down of my teeth.
For indirect veneers, the teeth are prepared the roughening and shaving down the surfaces in order to make room for the thin layer of material to fit on top of the tooth. The teeth are then molded be veneered in the same way one would make a mold (impression) for a dental crown and make you temporary veneers. The impression is sent to the laboratory where the veneers are fabricated. You return to the clinic at a separate visit where the veneers are cemented in place, and you have your new smile.
Q: What’s the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?
A: Porcelain Veneers – most popular and most used type of veneer as this lasts for a very long time. It’s a highly recommended option where the original tooth has developed a very bad color and shape. This is also a good choice for fractured teeth, teeth gaps, and badly positioned teeth that causes bite-related problems. Lasts 10+ years
Composite Veneers – more affordable type of veneer, but do not last as long as the porcelain. They are also used where there are minor malalignments of teeth. Lasts 5-7+ years
Q: How many sessions does it take for them to be completed?
A: It can take 1 to 3 sessions to have them done, depending on what kind of veneers you will be getting and how many teeth you will be fixing. It took me 3 sessions for assessment, cleaning, having an impression taken of my teeth, getting my temporaries, and getting the final composite veneers.
Q: How long does it take to apply them?
A: I recall each session taking about 3-5 hours each with breaks in between
Q: Does it hurt to get veneers?
A: It’s virtually painless. Some teeth can be sensitive and you may feel discomfort but minimal anesthesia can be used to minimize pain. Having the veneers attached does not ruin or hurt the tooth underneath as well.
Q: How many veneers did you get?
A: I got my first 6 front teeth fixed. It’s recommended to get the first 6-8 teeth adjusted for a fuller smile. However you can decide as to how many or few you want to get. It’s always best to have an assessment first! You can do one tooth (let’s say you tripped and fell when you were little and now it has a gray cast to it) or your entire set of teeth—it really just depends on your needs and budget.
Q: How do I care for my veneers?
A: Proper oral care and hygiene are essential to maintaining the quality of your veneers. This means regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. It’s also best to avoid biting/chewing down on very hard food (ie. candies, ice) or using your teeth to open things (HAHAHA we’re all guilty of tearing something open with our teeth). Be sure to also do regular checkups with your dentist!
Q: How long do veneers last?
A: Porcelain can last 10-20+ years while composite can last 5-10+ years depending on how well you take care of them.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Composite veneers start at P8K per tooth.
Q: How do I know if veneers will suit me or what particular “style” should I get?
A: It’s always best to get an assessment by your dentist so that he or she may give you a recommendation. You may also bring a photo or peg of somebody’s teeth you like. Your dentist will guide you and adjust accordingly and create a smile that best suits your face. Even when the temporary teeth are placed, there is still a lot of room for adjustment in case you are not completely satisfied yet with your teeth.
Q: I still have more questions…
A: Actually, here’s another great article breaking down some of the things you need to know before getting veneers:
Q: Where can I get veneers?
A: I had my veneers done at Apostol Dental Cosmetic Center by Dr. Jonas Apostol, DMD himself. I want to thanks both him and his lovely wife Elaine for such a smooth and easy procedure. Dr. Jonas helped me decide how the shape of my teeth should be and advised me as to do direct over indirect veneers as it was less invasive and recommended it as my teeth didn’t need much shaving down to begin with. I’m extremely happy with how they look now. My teeth used to be paneled, yellow, crooked and were not proportionate to my face AND I had an overbite, shet!! Honestly, I was never conscious about my smile until I compared my old teeth to my new ones and realized how bad my teeth were HAHA I’m so happy because my teeth are straight, whiter, and it gives me a fuller smile. It took only 2 sessions (depends on your teeth) to get the temporary teeth put on before deciding about a week later that I was happy with the color and shape. I’m very grateful to Apostol Dental for giving me more reasons to smile and of course an extra confidence boost!
Apostol Dental Cosmetic Center
Room 309 Medical Towers Makati Rufino St. corner Ormaza St. Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila,
Landmark: Besides Metrobank and SouthStar Drugstore, Makati
Hours: Monday – Saturdays 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Sundays by appointment only
+63 2 776 5976
Q: Before and After?
A: Here ya go!!