What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin shells of either composite resin or porcelain glued over the surface of your teeth. They are the quickest way to a perfectly natural dazzling smile.
Am I suitable for dental veneers?
Your suitability for treatment with dental veneers can only be confirmed by your treating dentist. The best candidates are people with no major dental disease and minimal number of fillings in the front teeth, who have cosmetic issues such as
- Poor overall color of teeth
- Various stains and discolourations
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Slightly misaligned teeth (gaps, rotations or crowding)
What are the differences between composite and porcelain veneers?
Composite veneers are relatively inexpensive, ranging from $250 to $550. They need to be constantly maintained as they often lose surface luster and pick up stains. Expected longevity is about 5-7 years.
Porcelain veneers are more costly ranging from $1500 to $2200. However they last significantly longer, and their surface luster and color do not change with time. Porcelain veneers look nothing short of perfectly natural and amazingly glamorous.
What does the veneer treatment involve?
Composite resin veneers can often be completed in one visit. Porcelain veneers typically require multiple visits. At your first visit we will assess and discuss your desires and needs, examine your teeth, discuss treatment alternatives, costs involved and take the initial mould of your teeth.
At your second visit we will build “mock up” veneers directly in your mouth according to previously discussed specifications. At this stage they are not glued to your teeth. This allows you to see the final result without having to commit to any treatment. This appointment does not require any injections, and at this stage you can introduce any changes you like (change size, shape or color of veneers, include adding more veneers, etc)
Once you have approved your new dazzling smile design, we will make all the necessary preparations of your teeth. Some teeth may not require any, and if they do, the preparations are minimal often not requiring local anaesthetic injections. Then we take the final mould of your teeth and our premium dental laboratory, RWD Dental, manufactures your veneers.
This usually takes a couple of weeks, after which – an exciting day: fitting your veneers.