Ask the Expert: All About Veneers

 Coree Howard

Coree Howard - Medical Content Writer

Posted Dec 15, 2016

Undergoing a dental treatment abroad — whether it be for aesthetic or medical reasons — can be a nerve racking experience for many of us. However, dentistry options abroad are often just as good, if not better, than at home. This is especially true when it comes to veneers. Travelling to countries like Turkey, Poland, Hungary, or Thailand can allow you to save up to 80% on the cost of veneers you would normally pay back home. Cutting costs doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on quality either. At Qunomedical, we have worked hard to identify a number of high-quality options for veneers worldwide, with affordability always in mind. Since this treatment is becoming more and more popular, we decided to enlist the help of Dr. Vichulada Phunthikaphadr, MD from the renowned Bangkok International Dental Center, to help us create a guide all about veneers.

What Are Veneers and What Are They Used For?

Before enlisting the help of Dr. Phunthikaphadr to answer our questions all about veneers, it’s important to first have an understanding of what veneers are and what they’re used for. Veneers are thin shells that are individually-crafted and bonded to the front surface of your tooth. There are two main types of veneers, composite and porcelain,  and each of these comes with their own benefits and drawbacks.

Before the actual placement of a veneer, a layer of the underlying tooth surface is shaved off and an impression is taken to create a custom-made veneer that will be cemented onto the tooth. Veneers are an ideal solution for those looking to cover any damaged, discolored, cracked, worn down, chipped, misaligned, or uneven, teeth that they may have. Patients qualify for veneers only if they have healthy gums and teeth. This cosmetic dental treatment is not recommended for those who suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, or root canal infection.

Now that we have an understanding of what veneers are, we asked Dr. Phunthikaphadr to give us first-hand and professional insight into how veneers work and how they can help patients restore their dental health and appearance.

Dr. Vichulada Phunthikaphadr, MD

Dr. Phunthikaphadr specializes in Operative Dentistry and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She also holds a Masters in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

How Many Types of Veneers Are There and Which One Would You Recommend?

There are two basic types of veneers - porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Since porcelain veneers are made up of ceramics, they tend to last longer than composite veneers, which are made up of composite resin material. Recommending what type of veneers is more suitable than the other depends very much on the patient’s desired outcome and focus, since each of them has its benefits and downsides.

What Is the Cost of Veneers per Tooth?

The price of veneers can vary between different clinics and depending on what country you have your treatment in. The price for one porcelain veneer can range from around €210-€650. If a patient wants a larger amount of veneers to be fitted them discount packages are often available which can make the treatment more cost-effective.

Do Veneers Have to Be Replaced After a While?

Composite veneers will require maintenance and usually need replacing periodically. Time frames vary greatly from case to case and also depend on a number of factors, such as. how good the patient takes care of his/her dental hygiene. Porcelain veneers usually last longer and it’s up to each patient to take good care of their teeth and oral hygiene to make sure that their veneers are long-lasting and stable.

We've Read That the Latest Type of Veneers Are Called Removable Veneers. How Do They Work?

Removable veneers are made up of thin porcelain and may be a good option for patients who want to change the color shade or slightly adjust the shape of their natural teeth. However, they’re only recommended in select cases and may not apply to all needs. Once it is assessed that removable veneers are a suitable option, impressions of the teeth are taken to create veneers that will be then properly customized during a follow-up visit. Removable veneers are not prepared on-site, but rather in an overseas lab, so the lead time in this case is longer compared to standard porcelain veneers.

We would like to thank Dr. Phunthikaphadr for her valuable contribution!

About Bangkok International Dental Center

Bangkok International Dental Center is a world-class clinic with around 100 highly-specialized dentists and surgeons. It was the first dental center in Thailand to achieve the Joint Commission International (JCI) certification. Along with cosmetic procedures such as dental implants, veneers, and crowns, the facility offers many other preventive and restorative procedures. Looking for more information on veneers? Or ready to get started with your free quote? Contact us now and one of our Patient Managers will be happy to get you started with your dental treatment journey.

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