What are veneers?
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Veneers are an ultra-thin shell made from porcelain or a composite material. They are made to fit each tooth. Once each shell has bonded in place to each tooth veneers look natural and offer the same strength as a natural tooth would.
There are advantages to using porcelain over the direct composite veneers but there are also some compelling reasons for patients to select the composite options.
What are the options available with dental veneers?
Our clinic offers E.MAX® Ceramic Veneers and Direct Composite Veneers for the benefit of our patients
The veneers procedure itself is fairly straightforward. Patients typically need up to three appointments in order to get a full smile makeover. During the first consultation patients will be informed about each available option, and the treatment itself will be planned. The preparation and bonding procedures will be scheduled shortly after the initial consultation.
Direct composite veneers are typically completed in just one appointment. Many patients opt to have their teeth professional cleaned prior to the veneers being bonded to their teeth.
The dental veneers procedure always starts with thorough diagnostics, including digital X-rays and intra-oral and extra-oral images of your smile. These images will help to plan your veneers. It is important to note that dental veneers can only be bonded to teeth that are healthy and not in need of fillings or root canal treatments.
- An impression of your teeth will be made so that a study model of your smile can be created. This model will be used to make sure that your teeth are well aligned, and the bite is correct. To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimetre of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anaesthetic. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mould is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
- Temporary veneers will be bonded to your teeth for up to two weeks, while the veneers are being fabricated.
- When your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or colour. Our dentists will double check the work to make sure that your veneers fit perfectly, feel comfortable and look beautiful. At this point, the colour of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The colour cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. You will be able to check the veneers in the mirror before fitting them permanently, to make sure that you are happy with them.
- To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with chemicals to ensure a bond. A dental cement is placed between the veneer and tooth, and a light beam hardens the cement.
Perhaps the best advantage of veneers is that they offer an almost immediate transformation of a smile that simply was not what the patient wanted. Veneers look natural once they are in place. They are designed to fit your teeth and to work with your bite. Patients will find that veneers are much less likely to become discolored and stained. They can also achieve a straightened smile without the need for braces.
There are few disadvantages to dental veneers. Perhaps the most compelling consideration for patients to keep in mind is that once teeth have been buffed down for placement of the veneers, that enamel cannot be replaced. Patients often find that they need to have veneers for life.
How much are veneers?
As a cosmetic dental procedure, many patients are concerned about the cost of dental veneers. At Crown Dental we offer a great amount of experience in not only repairing a smile, but also in restoring the smiles and confidence of our patients. If you are looking for veneers in Dublin, you have found the right clinic. We offer competitive pricing plans, and offer great before and after images for our patients.
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There are occasions where the decay or damage to a tooth may be too extensive to be treated with a simple filling, but not quite extensive enough to need the full-coverage of a crown. In these types of situations, the best option for tooth restoration may be to consider dental inlays or onlays.
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