Dental microfills are thin porcelain veneers, 0.2 – 0.3 mm thick, which are bonded to the tooth surface in order to improve the esthetics of the smile. They are individually hand-made by prosthetic craftsmen, who take care of every detail to guarantee maximum adaptation and naturalness.
When are they necessary?
Normally, a specialist in dentistry advises the placement of microfills to solve the following aesthetic problems:
- Color alterations.
- Alterations in the shape of the teeth.
- Tooth wear.
- Eliminate spaces between teeth.
- Enlarge the size of the teeth.
- Fractured or cracked teeth.
They are ideal for masking dental imperfections without altering the tooth itself.
What are the advantages of porcelain micro veneers over classic porcelain veneers?
The main advantage of porcelain micro veneers over classic porcelain veneers is their thickness since, being as thin as a contact lens, the grinding that we have to do is almost non-existent and sometimes we can even place them without grinding or wearing down the tooth. Therefore, it is a reversible treatment, minimally invasive and, in addition, they are highly durable as they are made of porcelain, a highly resistant material.
What are the differences between microfills and Lumineers or Diamond?
The difference between porcelain microfaces and Lumineers or Diamond is the manufacturing process; in any case, they are characterized by being ultra-thin. However, Lumineers or Diamond micro veneers correspond to prefabricated veneer systems in cerinate porcelain, a material patented by laboratories in Switzerland and California, while porcelain micro veneers are individually handmade by prosthetic artisans in feldspathic porcelain. This is a material that allows for greater brightness and naturalness than any other, making them anatomically unique and personalized for each case.
How are the veneers placed?
For the placement of porcelain veneers it is important to follow a strict protocol to ensure the success of the treatment. At Grupo Borja Díaz we have incorporated a complete digital workflow, in which every step of the smile transformation is carried out using digital resources and state-of-the-art technology, from diagnosis and treatment planning to completion.
The process of performing porcelain micro veneers, making use of digital dentistry, comprises the following phases:
- Diagnosis and case planning.
In the first consultation, a complete assessment of the case is made. Photographs of the patient’s face and smile are taken and a 3D dental scan of the patient’s mouth is performed to obtain the digital models. Afterwards, the smile design is elaborated guided by the characteristics of each face through the Digital Smile Design (DSD) software, sharing all this process with the patient to know their expectations.
- Real simulation – Mockup
The previewed smile design is tried in the patient’s mouth without altering any teeth. So you will have the opportunity to see the final result of your smile before starting treatment and make adjustments until you achieve your dream smile.
- Preparation and placement of temporary veneers
There are some cases in which it is necessary to make a millimeter wear of the tooth surface. After this preparation is done, the 3D models on which the definitive porcelain micro veneers will be made are taken and the cementation or bonding of the temporary veneers to the tooth is done in the same appointment.
- Cementation of definitive micro veneers
After a period of 5-10 days, the temporaries are replaced by the definitive porcelain veneers. We use a cement or resin of the latest generation that allows us to firmly fix the veneers to the tooth guaranteeing a high durability of the treatment.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
We can say that they are a definitive and long-lasting treatment to harmonize the smile. The duration of these depends on several factors, but their lifespan is around 15 to 20 years. Depending on the individual care of each patient, they could even last for life. It should be noted that the chances of fracture or decementation of porcelain veneers are very low.