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     Veneers / Laminates.

This involves providing patients with an aesthetically pleasing smile. This may involve whitening of stained teeth, closing of gaps between teeth, repair of broken down teeth or straightening of crooked teeth. Common procedures in cosmetic dentistry are:


   What is a Ceramic veneer restoration?

  • A veneer is a thin facing of ceramic that is bonded to the front visible surface of a tooth.

  • It is similar to a false fingernail.

  • The appearance of a tooth can be dramatically improved by a veneer restoration.

  • It can change the colour, shape and size of a tooth.

  • Discoloured teeth can be permanently whitened with a veneer.
Ceramic Veneer Shell  When will I need a veneer?

  • Ceramic veneers are ideal for front teeth if you have any of the following:

    • Stained and discoloured teeth.

    • Chipped teeth.

    • Spaces between the teeth.

    • Slightly crooked teeth.

    • Teeth that are too short, too long, or too wide.


Prepared teeth on a cast

After  Why is Ceramic the best material for a veneer?

  • Ceramic has a translucency and lustre that cannot be equalled by any other material. It closely resembles the enamel of a tooth.

    • Perfect colour matching to existing teeth is possible with a veneer.

    • A Ceramic veneer is a very strong and durable tooth restoration.

    • Although a veneer is very thin, it becomes as strong as the enamel of the tooth. It is strengthened by being fused or bonded to the tooth.

    • It cannot be stained and will not discolour.

    • A Ceramic veneer is very thin and as a result very little tooth material has to be trimmed away to accommodate it.

  • A veneer can also be made of a plastic material, but this can not match the aesthetics and durability of Ceramic. Temporary veneers are made of acrylic.  What steps are taken in having a veneer made?

  • The dentist trims down the front surface of the tooth, and takes an impression of the prepared tooth.

  • The impression is sent to a dental technician who makes the Ceramic veneer.

  • As very little tooth material is removed in the process, a temporary veneer may not be necessary.

  • If the prepared tooth is particularly sensitive a temporary acrylic veneer will sometimes be needed. This is to protect the trimmed down tooth while the Ceramic veneer is being made.

  • Finally, the dentist will bond (cement) the attractive natural-looking Ceramic veneer to the tooth.



After Is it painful to have a veneer made?

  • It is not a painful procedure:

    • A small amount of trimming of the tooth is needed for a veneer.

    • This is not painful but the trimming at the gum margin may be sensitive.

    • A local anaesthetic can make it a painless experience.

    • There may be some sensitivity to hot and cold after the preparation and before the final fitting of the veneer.

    • A temporary veneer may be fitted if the prepared tooth is particularly sensitive or additional repair work is needed.

    • The temporary veneer will protect the tooth, and prevent sensitivity.

    • Before the preparation of the veneer is started any decay must be removed, and the tooth repaired.

    • After the veneer is fitted, the tooth may be sensitive for a few days. This will soon pass.  How careful must I be with my new veneers?

  • Veneers are very strong and durable and cannot be damaged easily.

  • Eating will not be affected, but it is not advisable to bite or chew hard sweets or chicken bones with the veneered teeth.

  • The bright lustre of a veneer can be preserved by using a non-abrasive toothpaste.    Why choose a veneer instead of a replacement crown?

  • Ceramic veneers and Ceramic crowns are the most aesthetic of the cosmetic restorations.

  • The main advantage of a veneer over a crown is in the preparation.
    A veneer requires only a very thin layer of enamel to be trimmed from the front visible surface of a tooth. The time spent in the dental chair is much shorter as a result.

  • A replacement crown requires the trimming of the whole tooth. A much larger quantity of tooth is lost in this preparation.

  • It is possible and easier to keep the original shape and size of a natural tooth with a veneer. The procedure is as follows:

    • An exact copy of the original tooth is made for the technician to work from.

    • This is done by taking an impression of the natural tooth before the dentist begins the preparation.

    • Every detail of the tooth is copied in this way.

Preparation difference
Veneer on left
Crown in the middle  Can veneers make a big difference to my appearance?

  • Veneers are able to transform the appearance of all the front teeth.

  • Discoloured teeth are very successfully changed to look natural and appealing.

Upper teeth veneered
Lowers to be done

Upper veneers
Lower staining  Ceramic Crowns/ Inlays/onlays :

In teeth that are more extensively damaged, state of the art all ceramic crowns such as Procera or Empress can be used. These all-Ceramic crowns are highly aesthetic and strong.
In posterior teeth, ugly and unsightly metal fillings can be replaced with all ceramic inlays. These fillings are not only highly esthetics but by nature of its strong bond to natural tooth structures, it actually strenghtens the tooth as well!




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