About Veneers

What are veneers?

A veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. Usually, there are two main types of material used to fabricate veneers: composite and dental porcelain.

What are their benefits?

There are many benefits of Veneers, including:

  • Correcting malformed teeth that are broken, chipped or severely worn off
  • Hiding discolouration of teeth
  • To create a natural looking smile for people with unwanted gaps
  • Improve the appearance of crooked or irregularly positioned teeth
  • Cost effective and relatively painless compared to other procedures
  • They are stain resistant
  • Gums react well to porcelain.

What is the procedure?

First, you will have an initial consultation with our dentist to discuss the procedure and what it involves. X-rays of your teeth may also be taken.

In preparation for the veneer, our dentist will remove around 1/2mm of enamel from the tooth surface and then take an impression of your teeth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer.

The next stage is the bonding process. Before the veneer is cemented to your tooth, our dentist will place it temporarily on the tooth to examine its fit and color. At this stage, the veneer may need to be removed and trimmed to achieve an accurate fit.

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Then, your tooth will be cleaned and polished as well as etched – this roughens the surface of the tooth, which allows for a strong bonding process to take place. When the tooth is properly positioned, a light beam is applied to the dental veneer, activating chemicals in the cement, causing the veneer to harden quickly. When this is done, our dental professionals will evaluate your bite and make any final adjustments that may be necessary in order to give you your perfect smile.

You will then be required to return for a check up so our dental professionals can evaluate how your gums are responding to veneers.

How long does the procedure take?

Usually the process of veneers takes place over two visits. This can take between 1 and 2 weeks.

How long do veneers last?

Generally, veneers last between 5-10 years. After this time, veneers would need to be replaced.

What do I have to do after the procedure?

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene after the procedure – brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride based toothpaste, flossing regularly as well as using a mouth rinse. Even though porcelain veneers are stain resistant, our dental professionals do advise avoiding smoking, red wine, tea, coffee and anything else that could potentially leave stains.

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