A veneer is a thin layer of material that is applied over the front of a tooth to change its appearance. They can involve some preparation of the tooth or can be simply bonded to the front of the tooth using an ‘acid etch’ bonding technique. The simplest veneers are done using composite filling material being directly applied to the enamel by the dentist. These are a great way of having immediate results with no damage to the teeth. The disadvantage to them is that the layering process can lead to minute air bubbles that can lead to stained specks on the veneer that have to be polished off. This can be done easily by your dentist using polishing discs.
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This is a composite veneer that is made in a factory under great force so all the minute defects are removed. They are trimmed to fit each tooth and then bonded into place using the acid etch technique. They are placed in one visit – A SMILE TO GO!
They can be used to change the shape of teeth as well as bring them forwards.
Depending on each case, little or no drilling of the teeth is needed and, if damage occurs in the future they are easily repaired using the same etching technique.
Due to the lack of laboratory costs, Componeers are cheaper than the conventional Porcelain veneers. They can be used for a single, misaligned tooth or for more than one.
The Componeer has brought the advantages of composite veneers but with a stronger, more stain resistant surface.
Porcelain veneers are veneers made in the laboratory, custom made in porcelain. They can be made very life-like and can be used to change the colour and position of teeth. They involve a two- stage technique. On the first visit we prepare the teeth and take an impression. On the second we fit the veneers on to the front of your teeth. A single tooth can also be treated. The veneers are bonded to the tooth using the acid etch technique.
These are the newest type of porcelain veneers. They are laminate veneers, which give them extra strength.
All veneers can last several years but they can be damaged, just like natural teeth, due to an accident or trauma. The edge of the veneer may be fragile, particularly porcelain veneers, so you should try not to bite your nails or other hard materials. If you grind your teeth they may not be suitable or you may have to wear a protective night-guard to stop them getting damaged. Composite veneers and Componeers are easy to be repaired, whereas Porcelain ones are difficult to repair.
Each patient is individual and, if you decide you want veneers, the dentist will discuss the options with you to identify the best solution. A separate Full Case Assessment appointment is necessary to discuss all the issues.