WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are thin laminates that are cemented to front surfaces of your teeth. They are often described as what false nails are to your hands. They improve the overall appearance of the teeth. Veneers or shells are made of either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material.
We offer a range of different veneers including:
- No tooth drilling Composite Veneers
- Lumineers are very well known as they too require no tooth drilling
- High strength Emax Porcelain Veneers
- High-quality da Vinci Veneers
- Highly aesthetic MAC Veneers
At Healthy smile dental, we always try to provide the best cosmetic results, whilst trying to remove none or very little tooth tissue. Veneers are a great way to improve teeth that are chipped, cracked or even discoloured. Our highly trained dentists will provide you with the best advice and help for you to be able to achieve fabulous cosmetic results that you will smile about.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Porcelain veneers are made from thin coverings of porcelain which become strong, natural-looking and long-lasting when they are bonded to teeth. If you have gaps, chipped or cracked teeth or discolouration, veneers could dramatically improve your smile.
WHICH TEETH SHOULD BE VENEERED?
Your dentist will discuss with you which teeth will be veneered to give you the desired results. It is generally the teeth visible within the smile line that are veneered, although it could be more than the six upper front teeth, you are able to veneer the lower teeth in some cases.
HOW ARE VENEERS MADE?
Veneers are made by removing a thin layer from the teeth that need to be treated this is usually around 1mm this happens and your first visit, an impression or mould is then taken and a temporary veneer is made. The mould is then sent off the veneers are hand made by a dental technician, this is so they match shape, colour, and contours of your natural teeth.
The lab will spend approximately a week to ten days constructing your veneers, when you return for the second visit your dentist will bond (glue) your finished veneers, once they are bonded they become strong and natural in their look, you will be able to eat with them immediately after the treatment.
WHAT IS A DIAGNOSTIC WAX UP?
In complex cases, your dentist may recommend that before treatment starts, a model is made of your teeth with the veneers shown in white wax. This is called a wax-up. It gives you the chance to see how veneers will look before treatment starts and it provides your dentist with the opportunity to calculate the best shape and tooth preparation needed. If a diagnostic wax-up is required there may be an additional cost however your dentist will give you a written estimate and treatment plan beforehand.
HOW LONG DO VENEERS LAST?
Veneers are made of porcelain which does not stain. The bond of which the veneer is stuck with is very strong therefore we expect your veneers to last up to 5 years or more, it is frequently the tooth underneath the veneers that discolours over time and that is the most common reason to replace them. In a few cases, the veneer may de-bond or chip if this happens your dentist will be able to organise a replacement.
HOW DO I LOOK AFTER MY NEW VENEERS?
To ensure the longevity of your veneers you must attend regular checkups with your dentist and also maintain a good oral hygiene regime at home, you should also avoid biting your fingernails and other hard objects, your dentist may also recommend a night guard.
NEED MORE ADVICE?
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