Cosmetic veneers can be used to improve the shape and appearance of existing teeth as well as modify their appearance along with improvement in shade (colour). This procedure can also be used to mask stained teeth, restore fractured teeth and occasionally to camouflage the alignment of teeth.
Before the veneers are applied our dentist will prepare your teeth. This is a simple procedure which is carried out under local anaesthetic, requiring the removal of thin pieces of the tooth structure to permit room for the veneers. This is a small amount and generally the same thickness as the veneer.
Once the teeth are ready we will create impressions and your new veneers will be manufactured according to these. We will also discuss colour shades and shapes to help plan your perfect smile. The veneers will be fitted and applied to the teeth using dental adhesive.
They should be in place for many years if you look after them well. They can break and become chipped just like natural teeth and you will need to take care when playing sports or eating hard foods.
In some cases, professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile and revive your appearance. When you have gaps, permanent stains, or chips, bleaching your teeth won't address the issues. Porcelain veneers literally cover the teeth and create a straight, attractive smile.
1. What is a veneer?
It is a thin shell of porcelain or composite made to fit the surface of tooth/teeth, so that discolourations/deformations can be rectified for cosmetic reasons.
2. How is a veneer done?
A thin layer of the tooth is filed down to accommodate the veneer. An impression- either physical or digital- is taken and then sent to the laboratory where the technician fabricates the veneer, the veneer is then cemented onto the prepared tooth. As with crowns/ bridges this procedure takes a full working week.
3. Can it be done any faster?
Using CAD/CAM technology we are capable of fabricating veneers on the same day.
4. Are there any restrictions to be following during or after the procedure?
Veneers are extremely thin and are cemented to the front of the tooth/teeth, biting on hard food can dislodge or fracture the veneer. Also strong colouring food might at times stain the margins, which is very rare.
5. Is there any additional care that I should take?
No, just as with your natural teeth you brush and floss in between to keep them clean. Care should be exercised to clean in between the teeth as it is not uncommon to find decay(caries) in between teeth restored with veneers.
Commonly known as same day veneers. These fine composite veneers can be fitted the same day to improve appearance and shape of teeth with very minimal destruction to existing tooth structures (depends on amount of correction required). This is also a very economical option for patients seeking cosmetic improvement.
1. What is the advantage of componeer?
This can be done the same day and since there is no laboratory fees involved it is economic.
2. How strong is the componeer?
As it is made of composite, it is not as strong as porcelain veneer. However, the repair of componeer is much easier than porcelain veneer and is economic too.
3. How long does componeer last?
In general veneers will require replacement when they get stained or the aesthetics deteriorates. Componeers can last anything between 3-8 years, as mentioned earlier replacement is easy and economic as well.
4. Does it require filing the tooth extensively?
No. Due to the very thin nature of the veneer it can be done with very minimal preparation of the tooth.
5. Does it change colour?
When compared against porcelain veneers there are less colour stable, but due to the high gloss of the veneer it tends to resist stain better than free hand composite veneers.
This is the latest addition to our wide range of dental treatment already available. This technology has made the fabrication of crowns and veneers much faster than traditional methods. Use of this advanced technology places us in the cutting-edge of modern dentistry.CAD-CAM stands for Computer Assisted Designing and Computer Assisted Milling. This technology is coupled with the latest digital imaging technology introduced by Sirona.
The intraoral camera is equipped to take continuous colour videos at the rate of 18 frames per second, which captures the extreme details of the teeth including the prepared teeth for crown. The images are then converted to a virtual 3D model, which is then checked by the trained dentist. Once approved the computer then proposes a design for the crown based on the size and shape of the adjacent teeth. The computer can also be used to design a crown or restoration based on the patients/dentists personal judgement or requirements (eg. If a shorter crown is required, then it can be designed to produce a shorter crown).
Dr Dix Premsingh PrasathBDS, MSc (Restorative Aesthetic Dentistry), MSc (Implant Dentistry), Fellowship in Laser Dentistry
Shaji Hameed IndiraBDS
Anu Maria FrancisBDS, MFDS
Miss Ashley MarshallHead Nurse
Miss Hannah GilmartinDental Surgery Assistant
Miss Amber FieldingDental Surgery Assistant
Miss Robyn McTigueDental Surgery Assistant
Miss Elisha AtkinsonDental Surgery Assistant