Dental Veneers

What are the different types of veneers?

Veneers are customised thin ‘shells’ that fit over existing natural teeth to change colour, size, shape and generally improve the appearance of your smile. When considering veneers there are two main materials of fabrication; Porcelain and Composite. Porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to the natural teeth by reshaping each tooth’s surface to fit within the ‘shell’ of the new veneer. Porcelain is the strongest material, providing the best longevity from a veneer(approximately 8-15 years if properly cared for) Their uniform, and light reflecting finish provides a polished yet extremely natural appearance while being stain resistant and biocompatible. Composite veneers are constructed using the same type of materials that are used for fillings and other dental treatments. This biocompatible, tooth coloured resin is hand shaped and coloured to custom specifications as required and then light cured. When bonding composite veneers using an acid etching technique, less of the tooth’s enamel needs to be removed or reshaped. Though strong, they have less of a life span and can be susceptible to staining however, they are a less expensive restorative solution than their porcelain counterparts.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

The largest benefit of dental veneers is the immediate improvement  of your smile, completely masking issues of chipped, severely discoloured and gapped teeth and the boost in self esteem that comes from a fresh, radiant smile. They are  long-term, relatively low maintenance restorative treatment, requiring the good hygiene you would give your natural teeth and a little care as to what you eat to ensure no chipping or cracking occurs. With this level of safe keeping they will sparkle  for years to come.

What is the difference between veneers, crown and implants?

Veneers are bonded to and encase just the front of your teeth, providing an even, shining smile that is typically just cosmetic enhancement for teeth that are otherwise stable and healthy. On the other hand, Crowns enclose the whole effected tooth providing support following a root canal treatment and protecting extensively damaged, broken or cracked teeth from further decay. Dental implants differ entirely as they stand in the place of a natural tooth, anchored by titanium fixings surgically inserted into the jaw. A more stable alternative to removable dentures the dental implant is possible a replacement option for missing or extracted teeth too damaged to support a crown. Similarly, Veneers, Crown and Dental implants are all hand crafted and customised by detail oriented technicians using only biocompatible materials to achieve the desired colour, shape and length to form a smile you’re proud of.

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