They are very thin veneers applied to the surface of the teeth to improve the color, shape, and to mask hypercalcification or white spots on broken teeth. They are used to mask anything where the tooth structure is not particularly aesthetic, when the patient wants to improve the overall appearance of his smile.
In the case of teeth that are irregular and crowded, sometimes you cannot use Da Vinci veneers because the tooth structure itself has to be in alignment with the the final position of the tooth. If they stick out too much or tilt, meaning that just one edge of the tooth protrudes too much, you cannot put a veneer on that. If you do, the tooth will stick out even more.
Usually it takes just two visits to apply Da Vinci veneers. The first visit is pure preparation, including making an impression of the tooth or teeth. Often there is no need for a temporary veneer as there is not much tooth reduction.
Then it takes about two weeks of laboratory time before the veneers are delivered and bonded in place. That is a special process where we use an adhesive that bonds chemically to the underside of the veneer which makes it strong.
The underside has been prepared to be receptive to bonding. The bonding solution or cement integrates with the underside surface of the veneer and the outer surface of the teeth, to make it optimal for attachment.
Generally anesthetic is not required to apply Da Vinci veneers as long as the teeth do not require reduction by cutting with a drill. And even if the teeth require a great deal of reduction, we can numb the area before applying a local anesthetic. That involves an almost painless injection to make the teeth completely numb. So even if we have to do a lot of reduction, it is painless.
The appearance of veneers is determined by many factors. One factor involved is the experience of the practitioner and the quality of the dental lab that the veneer is sent to. Dental ceramicists vary widely in their ability to create porcelain, which can affect the appearance of the finished veneer.
Another is the inherent condition of the teeth. If the underlying color is very dark and we are trying to improve that color, we have to match that color exactly.
The bonding material itself is used for that purpose. It has varying degrees of opacity. The darker a tooth is, the more opacity we need to mask that darkness, so it does not shine through the very thin porcelain veneer.
The greater the opacity, the less there will be translucency. The translucency and shape of the teeth determine whether the veneers will look natural or not. A dentist should never promise a patient that the end result will be completely natural, but it will be much better than it was.
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.