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What are dental veneers?

Staining – Badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or professional cleaning can be improved with dental veneers, which cover any existing stains on your teeth.

Damaged teeth – Teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or fizzy drinks, as well as those that have been chipped or broken can benefit from veneers. A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and color as your natural teeth.

Gaps -Spaces between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers, giving you a more uniform looking smile.

Crooked teeth – Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth as we would rather preserve your natural teeth structure; orthodontics or Invisalign braces (see relevant section) are likely to be a better solution. However, these treatments can take up to a year. For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers can be placed over their front surface to instantly give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile.

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What are the different types of Veneers?

  •   Porcelain Veneers(prep or non-prep)

This is the most popular type of veneer; it is a stronger and a more durable material to use. Porcelain veneers also offer a more natural looking, translucent appearance, nearer to that of a natural tooth. Dental veneers are made of very thin pieces of porcelain, which are attached to the visible surface of your tooth. These porcelain shells are custom-made to very closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth, so that no one will need to know that you have dental veneers on (unless you make the announcement yourself!).What if you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, but you hesitate to undergo a dental treatment that will involve the removal of most of your teeth structure? Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile, with results that will look very natural? The Non-prep or minimal prep veneeers can provide the answers to your smile improvement needs! The procedure for attaching any type of non-prep veneer is a painless one, since there is no need to remove tooth structure; there is also no need for anaesthetic shots to be administered before the Lumineers procedure. Sensitivity of the affected teeth will not be a problem with Lumineers, since the teeth structure will not be removed or grinded prior to the attachment of the veneer

  •  Composite Veneers

These veneers are more prone to staining and do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers, but considering that they do not last as long and need replacing more often, they could end up costing more in the long run.Also called direct veneers, composite veneers are custom-made shells that are made of a composite material; these shells are used to improve the appearance of atural teeth that have damage, discolorations, stains, unsightly gaps, or are improperly aligned. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be created chair-side by the dentist, so that the aesthetic improvements on the teeth can be completed in a single dental visit. Composite work is ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

Benefits of Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are created chair-side by the dentist, so the treatment can be finished in a single dental visit. There is no need to wait for the veneers to be finished by a laboratory, as in the case of a porcelain veneer treatment – which takes two to three visits to be completed. The composite veneers procedure requires very little or no reduction (through drilling) of the teeth structure, making it minimally invasive; the minimally invasive procedure also ensures that the healthy tooth structure is preserved. The composite veneer treatment is more cost effective compared to the use of porcelain veneers; this is because there is no need for invasive drilling procedures, and also because of the fewer visits to the dentist quired.

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 How are Veneers fitted?

The first part of any dental procedure is the initial consultation and examination, so that our dentist can get a feel for what you want and understand your needs and concerns. Our dentists will explain the treatment procedure to help give you an accurate guide to the likely costs of your treatment.

Before your veneers are designed, your dentist will need to reshape and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the veneers.A mould (copy) of your teeth is taken and sent to our dental laboratory. They will then use this as a guide to help them make your new veneer. This can usually take them around two weeks.While we wait for your veneers to be made, we will fit you with some temporary veneers to protect your teeth.On your next appointment, we will fit your new veneers to your teeth.

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How will I know what I will look like afterwards?

You are involved throughout the whole process and there are several steps along the way when you are shown the proposed smile and invited to give feedback. We design your smile and we will help you choose your ideal smile and show you how it would look. This is done at your first appointment, the cosmetic consultation. You can check the aesthetics from every angle and we can check the function. All this is done before we even touch a tooth.

The next stage is very clever, when you are ready to proceed, the teeth and sculpted and temporaries are placed that replica  exactly. You can trial the proposed smile design in your mouth before anything is set in stone. The temporaries can be fine-tuned to your precise requirements and any changes can be duplicated in the finished restorations. Our master ceramist duplicates the smile design in the final restorations and adds the fine colour, surface anatomy and texture to bring your new smile to life. These miniature works of art look beautiful even close.

How long do Veneers last?

Porcelain veneers will typically last ten years or more, while composite veneers will lose their shine after a year or two. Although veneers will eventually need to be replaced when they become old and cannot be repaired. To make your veneers last longer, follow a good oral hygiene program and visit us for checkups on a regular basis.

Quite often, around 8 veneers will be enough to change and perfect the overall look of your smile and the treatment  includes:

  •    Initial Consultation
  •    Provisional Smile mould
  •    Teeth preparation
  •    Fitting of temporary veneers
  •    Fitting the veneers
  •    Follow-up appointment