What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front surface of the teeth.
A popular option for improving the appearance of discoloured or uneven teeth, they are typically either made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently attached to your teeth.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL VENEER
Stronger and Long-lasting
Veneers are very durable against chips and breaks. With proper oral hygiene, a dental veneer can last you between 10 and 15 years.
Provide a Natural Tooth Appearance
During your first visit, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to fabricate the veneers that will match the colour of the tooth enamel and contour of your natural teeth.
Veneers are resistant to stains, so you don’t have to worry about having them replaced due to discoloration.
Ease of Maintenance
Maintaining your veneers is extremely hassle-free as it is the same as caring for your normal teeth.
WHO IS SUITABLE FOR DENTAL VENEERS?
From discoloured to misaligned teeth, veneers are a reliable option for those looking to improve the appearance of their teeth and smile.
Teeth can become discoloured due to a variety of external reasons such as smoking or consuming beverages like coffee, tea or coca cola.
Crooked teeth can be a result of many factors like jaw size, poor oral hygiene practices, poor nutrition or genetics.
Teeth can become chipped or broken from teeth grinding, biting down on hard objects or other accidents.
Gaps may form if your teeth are too small for your jaw bone. As a result, your teeth will tend to be spaced too far apart.
DENTAL VENEER TREATMENT & PROCEDURE
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Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
Thorough examination of your oral health condition, followed by your dentist's proposal of a customised treatment plan for you. To understand your teeth better, we will take an X-ray and make a digital copy of your current teeth and smile with our iTERO intraoral dental scanner. You may then opt to design your ideal smile with our latest technology, Digital Smile Design.
To prepare your tooth, your dentist will reshape your tooth surface for the veneer to be placed. Next, the impression of your tooth will be sent out to a dental laboratory to fabricate your veneers. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for the veneers to come back from the laboratory, and temporary dental veneers can be used in the meantime.
Your dentist will place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and colour, repeatedly removing and trimming the veneer to achieve a proper fit before permanently cementing it to your tooth. A special light beam will then be shone on your veneer to activate chemicals in the cement, for it to harden quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, checking your bite and making any needed adjustments.
POST-TREATMENT CARE FOR VENEERS
Monitor Your Bite
If your bite doesn't feel right after your veneer has been fitted, let our dentists know immediately so that we can correct it as soon as possible.
Biting & Chewing
Veneers can break or chip under high pressure. Avoid biting your nails or chewing hard objects such as ice or stationery.
Regular Brushing & Flossing
Continue following good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily for good veneer maintenance.
Most patients with 2-4 veneers experience little to no pain after a dental veneer procedure. Patients with 8 or more veneers, however, may feel slight soreness in their gums and jaw. This mild discomfort is typically resolved with over-the-counter medications.
Although dental veneers involve removing an extremely thin layer of enamel to reshape your teeth, they do not ruin your natural teeth at all.
Dental veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth with a bonding cement, so they cannot be "taken off" after the procedure. Porcelain veneers usually last for more than a decade, after which they must be replaced.
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