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Dental veneers, also known as 'laminates' are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth and help save your teeth.
Veneers are extremely thin (as thin as 0.3mm), porcelain or composite resin shells that are customised for a desirable colour and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, as well as provide a solution for discoloured teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments. We give our patients veneers that typically achieve a natural tooth appearance, is well-tolerated by the gums and also resistant to future stains. In such cases there is usually no need for root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) or dental crowns (caps).
It is highly recommended that before you go in for Dental veneer treatment you "test drive your new smile" so that you can be sure of the final outcome of the treatment. For further information on this please do check out our "Test drive your new smile" page.
Dental veneers may be right for you if you are looking for an alternative to crowns and caps for the front teeth. Veneers can help you if you have gaps between your teeth or teeth that are broken, chipped, irregularly shaped or misaligned. To find out more about whether dental veneers are right for you, contact us at Therapeuo to schedule a consultation.
There are several steps in the procedure. First, our aesthetic/cosmetic dentist will likely administer a local anesthetic so you will be comfortable during tooth preparation and placement of the veneer. Your natural tooth is then prepared by minimally reshaping it with a small handheld rotational cutting device called a bur to provide the best fit. Burs come in various shapes and sizes and allow precise and minimal shaping of a tooth prior to placement.
If your treatment involves direct composite resin veneers, our aesthetic/cosmetic dentist then will apply the appropriately shaded composite to your teeth, shape the material and harden it using a high intensity light. Additional layers of composite may be applied to build the veneer to the correct shape, length and form for your smile. When all composite is placed, the veneers will be finished and polished using burs and polishers to create a vital and lifelike smile.
If your treatment requires porcelain veneers, our aesthetic/cosmetic dentist will make an impression of your teeth from which a mold of your mouth will be made. This impression is then sent to an outside dental laboratory where the veneers will be professionally fabricated. When the veneers are ready, they will be fitted, bonded and adjusted for shape and colour. You will be given temporary veneers during this waiting period.
There is no special care required for dental veneers, and normal brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately. Since veneers are usually placed over the course of two appointments, it is normal to experience some sensitivity between the first and second visit when the teeth have been reduced in preparation for bonding.
Dental veneers are actually a conservative way of completely making over your smile? In fact, veneers are a 'go to' cosmetic procedure that has become a popular option with people who want a brighter and more symmetrical smile. Fortunately, affordability, accessibility and easy payment options make it easy for anyone to get dental veneers.