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Ceramic Veneer

Facette Ceramique Dentiste Divonne

1. What is a ceramic veneer?

Ceramic veneers or dental veneers are thin ceramic films that are applied to the visible side of the tooth (incisors, canines, even premolars) unlike a crown, which completely covers the tooth.Veneers have a completely natural appearance and are resistant to food stains. 

2. Why use veneers to enhance your smile?

This aesthetic treatment allows you to correct your smile:

  • the color of the teeth when tooth whitening treatments are insufficient

  • their shape (worn, broken, too short teeth...)

  • slight malpositions (interdental spaces, misalignment, small overlaps, ...)

  • teeth that have been fractured or slightly worn out


Depending on the correction requested, a crown is more suitable because it is more solid.

The main disadvantage of veneers is that once the enamel is removed, the patient cannot reverse the procedure. This is the reason why, in the case of a tooth discoloration problem, we will first suggest a tooth whitening treatment in order to preserve the integrity of the teeth.

It should also be noted that the lifespan of dental veneers is between 10 and 15 years depending on the use and care (normal) provided.

3. How are dental veneers placed?

Veneers can generally be applied in 2 or 3 sessions, sometimes more, depending on the desired correction.


During the first appointment, the dentist checks the patient's oral health before validating the possibility of applying dental veneers. If there are no contraindications that could compromise the feasibility of the procedure, he or she will take photos, x-rays and impressions, which will allow the preparation of a mold and a tray to validate the treatment. 

At the next appointment, the dentist trims the tooth in height and width and removes between 0.5mm and 0.7mm of enamel thickness (under local anesthesia). 
A new impression is taken to make the veneer. A temporary veneer will be placed for aesthetic reasons but also to protect the tooth.

After receiving the final veneer from the dental laboratory, the dentist places it using an extremely durable dental adhesive. 

If the patient is prone to bruxism (teeth grinding), he/she will inform the dentist in order to have a night gutter made to avoid uncontrolled contact between the teeth and to protect the veneers.

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