The State of the Art of Dental Veneers

Ideal esthetics does not exist. Respect or create individuality: 90% Restore – 10% Create.

This world wants to create robots. When you agree to be a robot you will find yourself in trouble. This growing tyranny of standardization results in professionals duplicating smiles, copying fake prototypes, following the same protocols, afraid to take initiative.
Refraining from imitation will be our best revenge.

Get used to celebrate and restore individuality in your patient’s smiles, esthetic IMPERFECTION ; only then you can achieve a natural and real look.

Having lived in many different countries and treated patients from a wide variety of ethnicities I had a chance to analyze facial beauty in depth realizing how ideals of beauty vary between cultures. I had a unique goal: celebrate cultural and ethnic variations in ideals of facial harmony while at the same time respecting the patients individuality.
No one should have to fit a certain mold to be beautiful, therefore It’s mandatory not to follow the same textbook measurements on every patient when blinded by esthetic rules.

When it comes to esthetic composition start celebrating your patient’s flaws and imperfections. And keep in mind that we are here 90% of the times to restore and only 10% of the times to create. We are Restorative Dentists. To restore is not to destroy what preceded.
Finally the essential composition of a smile is determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use.

Dentofacial Rehabilitation

Before focusing on the teeth, which would significantly reduce the goal of the treatment, it is mandatory to analyze the elements that form the facial composition.

Dr. Emanuele Cicero does a frontal and lateral examination of the individual, including analysis of the position of the eyes, nose, lips and chin in order to identify the reference points and lines that are absolutely necessary for the esthetic and functional dentofacial rehabilitation.

Dr. Emanuele Cicero analyzes the facial features that have a significant influence on the perception of an individual’s personality and communicates them to his team of talented ceramists and dental technicians. The somatic traits are in fact often correlated with particular psychologic characteristics, and some features are associated with specific tooth morphology.

What are Ceramic Veneers?

Ceramic veneers are considered a conservative solution for patients requiring improvement of the shape, color, or position of their anterior teeth. Ceramic veneers have been extensively and successfully used to mask intrinsic staining, to give the appearance of straightening, and to correct minor malformations of anterior teeth without the removal of substantial amounts of sound tooth substance.

Dr. Emanuele Cicero uses an evidence – based approach taking into consideration the most important parameters determining the long-term success and correct application of ceramic veneers.
The success of the porcelain veneers is greatly determined by the strength and durability of the bond formed between the three different components of the bonded veneer complex: the tooth surface, the porcelain veneer, and the luting composite.

The preparation of the teeth greatly influences the durability and color (translucency and tonality) of the ceramic restoration, as the tooth preparation will determine the inner superficial contour and the thickness of the ceramic material.

The minimum-thickness anterior ceramic laminate veneers may be a conservative and esthetic alternative to reestablish the form, shape, and color of anterior teeth. Even though it is one of the most conservative of treatment options, some rules have to be followed. The case has to be carefully selected and treatment planned. Tooth reduction for any restorative technique should be as conservative as possible.

No-preparation veneers are indicated for selected cases only, and a larger number of cases require some kind of tooth modification for superior esthetics, patient satisfaction, and better color change without affecting the thickness and emergence profile of the veneer.

Material Selection

To improve esthetics in anterior teeth by means of laminate veneers, two types of materials are indicated for their translucency and potential to be used in small thickness: sintered feldspathic porcelain and pressable ceramic, which can also be milled using a computer-aided manufacturing technique.

Clinical Success Key

Paying great attention to detail for the following: planning the case, conservative (enamel-saving) preparation of teeth, proper selection of ceramics, proper selection of the materials and methods of cementation, proper finishing and polishing of the restorations, and proper planning for the continued maintenance of the restorations

The process

Our process and visit details

Visit One


  • X-Ray
  • Exam
  • Photograph
  • Presentation
  • Address Your Questions
  • Fee Proposal
  • Impression for Wax Design
  • Creation of Design and Wax
Visit Two


  • Discuss + answer all questions regarding design
  • Preparation of tooth structure
  • Placement of provisionals to show aesthetic outcome
  • Review results and make any modifications needed
Visit Three


  • Custom crafting of final porcelain restorations
  • Placed initially with temporary cement to preview
  • Photographs taken
  • Approval obtained for final placement
  • Final permanent cementation of restorations
  • Review


Are veneers permanent?

Generally speaking, dental veneers are considered to be a permanent solution for your smile. If maintained properly they can last forever. Veneers should be treated like regular teeth. Brushing and flossing should be done on a daily basis.

Is it painful to get veneers?

The process of applying dental veneers is pain-free. Only a thin layer of tooth structure is removed through the procedure, therefore no significant pain will be present.

Do you brush veneers?

Oral hygiene with dental veneers is the same as with regular teeth. Brushing and flossing should be performed and overall adequate oral hygiene will help you maintain them in excellent conditions over time.

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of veneers depends on the materials and on the amount of veneers needed for the treatment. You can contact Dr. Emanuele Cicero for a bespoke treatment which will be individualized for you.

What are the disadvantages of veneers?

There are no disadvantages for veneers if the procedure is done correctly. In this case, paying great attention to details is what makes the difference. In our Clinic, we think that every aspect of the treatment is important: planning the case, conservative (enamel-saving) preparation of teeth, proper selection of ceramics, proper selection of materials and methods of cementation, proper finishing and polishing of the restorations, and proper planning for continued maintenance of the restorations and overall longevity of the treatment.

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