If day to day life has left your teeth looking a little battle-scarred, a veneer makeover is just the thing to transform your smile. There are different types of products your dentist will use to address various problems, but primarily, they all work the same way. A veneer is a thin covering, made either of porcelain or composite resin, that coats the tooth, giving is a perfect, straight, and brilliant white finish.
Why Use Veneers?
Composite or porcelain veneers are the ideal solution for addressing minor or cosmetic issues with your teeth. These include chips, cracks, or discolouration. They can also make an incredible difference if you have gaps or slight misalignment and will completely transform your look while involving far less time and expense than orthodontic work. If your teeth are uneven in size, veneers instantly bring your smile into ideal proportion.
Veneers provide the solution when your teeth have minor cosmetic imperfections that do not warrant more extensive reconstruction work, such as crown, or where orthodontic treatment is either unnecessary or not possible.
If your teeth are chipped, discoloured, crooked or gapped, veneers could be the solution you have been searching for. As well as transforming your appearance, they will provide an enormous boost to your self-confidence, giving you a reason to show, not hide, your smile.
Different Types Of Veneers
Veneers come it two varieties, which are porcelain veneers and composite veneers. There are pros and cons to each of these, and your dentist will discuss the options in detail, tailored to your specific case.
A porcelain veneer is a shell, no thicker than a fingernail, that your dentist fits over existing teeth. This transforms the appearance of the tooth in terms of shape and colour. Veneers are made of a material that is strong but looks completely natural.
With veneers, your natural tooth is left in place, but any imperfections in terms of size and shape are addressed. This is the ideal solution if you feel one or more of your teeth are too small or are shaped differently to the rest and you want all of your teeth to appear uniform.
Composite veneers are a little different. With these, a special plastic resin in applied to a broken or crooked tooth, or where teeth are unevenly gapped. The resin bonds to your natural tooth, and the end result is an even smile with the previous imperfections removed.
Common Questions For Veneers
Yes, and this is one of the reasons they are such a suitable solution for cosmetic imperfections. If you have ever watched one of those makeover shows on TV and wondered how someone’s smile could be transformed so quickly, the answer is usually dental veneers! Typically, getting veneers takes two visits to your dental clinic, the first to take an imprint of your teeth to make the veneers and the second to fit them. It is undoubtedly much faster than months of orthodontic treatment!
There are two main types of veneers. Composites are the most affordable option and are the fastest to fit. Porcelain laminate veneers are more expensive and require a little shaping work on the tooth first. However, they are more reliable and last longer than the composite alternative.
As a general guide, the whole process from the initial consultation to walking out of Glow Dental with a radiant new smile usually takes between two and four weeks.
All procedures will be done under local anaesthetic so you shouldn’t feel any pain! Roughly 50 per cent of patients experience bonding sensitivity when porcelain veneers are applied to a tooth that has been shaped. This is similar to the feeling you might experience when biting into something cold. If you find yourself in the unlucky 50 per cent, there is no need to suffer in silence, just let the dentist know, and you will be given pain relief. The good news is the sensation disappears after a few hours, so if it flares up after that initial pain relief wears off, it can be treated with over-the-counter solutions and will soon be gone for good.
This depends on two things: the type of veneers and how well you look after your teeth. Porcelain veneers can easily last for 10 years or more, but only if you follow a good oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, along with paying routine visits to your dentist for check-ups. Composite veneers typically last for five to seven years before they need to be replaced.
There is no set price for veneers, as everyone has his or her own specific needs and the cost depends on several factors. These include the number of teeth that require attention, how your teeth are arranged, their foundation and structure, the condition of your gums, and other factors. Top-quality cosmetic dentistry is only achieved with the talent of a whole team of people, including the dentist and the ceramist. Naturally, the cost also varies depending on the expertise of the people involved and the quality of the materials they use. Pay us a visit at Glow Dental for a no-obligation consultation so that we can discuss your specific needs.