What does it mean to get porcelain veneer

Veneers - correction of slight tooth misalignments

In which cases are veneers suitable?

Veneers are wafer-thin ceramic shells and are mostly used in the visible tooth area. As a rule, they are a maximum of half a millimeter thick. They can be used for slight misalignments, teeth that are too short or uneven tooth spacing. It can also be used to conceal superficial damage to the enamel or severe discoloration that cannot be remedied otherwise.

Advantage: In contrast to a crown, the tooth does not have to be ground extensively, so more tooth substance is retained.

Veneers can therefore be an alternative to partial crowns, for example in the case of caries damage or if teeth have been damaged by a fall. In that case, those with statutory health insurance also receive the fixed allowance that the health insurances would pay for a partial crown, for example.

How are veneers attached?

Veneers are glued onto the tooth. With the very thin versions, it is no longer necessary to grind off the tooth substance. Dentists then speak of "non-prep veneers". "Prep veneers", on the other hand, are shells for which a tooth still has to be ground. Nevertheless, the process is complex. An impression is taken of the prepared tooth. After this, the dental technician fabricates the veneer, individually in shape and color.

Which variant is used depends on the initial situation. If the veneer has to be thicker due to strong color differences or defects, the tooth is ground, usually less than a millimeter. Non-prep veneers can also be attached to plastic fillings or existing ceramic crowns.

What do veneers cost?

Purely aesthetic veneers are not covered by the health insurance fund. They have to be paid completely privately. Billing is based on the private fee schedule for dentists (GOZ). Depending on the effort and veneer quality, the price is between 500 and 1,200 euros per tooth. Anyone who opts for veneers for purely visual reasons should consider that tooth substance is sacrificed for the cementation.

What do you know about shelf life and risks?

Veneers have been a scientifically recognized restoration for many years. They usually last ten to fifteen years. Good care and regular follow-up checks are important. However, it is possible that parts of the thin shells break off or that tooth decay forms in the edge area.

Veneers have to be replaced if they can no longer be repaired in the event of damage or if tooth decay has occurred in the peripheral area. If the ceramic bowl was glued to the enamel, it usually has to be ground down. Tooth substance is injured again.

A composite veneer, on the other hand, can be removed at any time - on healthy and unpolished teeth - without damaging the tooth. Composite restorations can be an alternative anyway: They are cheaper, less complex and easy to remove. In this way, slightly receding teeth can be optically brought forward or incisor gaps (diastema) reduced.