Over the past 3 decades, veneers have been the most popular and convenient treatment for a range of cosmetic dentistry issues. Such is the level of today’s dental technology that dentists now have the ability to create veneers that are a near-perfect match to the natural shape and colour of our patients’ teeth.
Are you considering getting veneers from a cosmetic dentist in Dublin?
If so, we’ve answered some of your most frequently answered questions to help you better understand the treatment.
What are veneers made from?
Porcelain veneers are made from a wafer thin layer of revolutionary medical-grade ceramic. These wafer thin shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to immediately change their colour, shape, size or length, depending on the desired outcome. They mimic a similar level of strength and resilience as natural tooth enamel.
Why should I consider veneer treatments?
Veneers can be used to effectively address a number of cosmetic dentistry issues which are holding you back from smiling with confidence – permanently discoloured teeth that cannot be brightened with teeth whitening treatments, chipped, broken or damaged teeth, uneven teeth or gaps between teeth.
Patients will need to present with healthy gums and teeth to be considered a suitable candidate for veneer treatments. Those who suffer from gum disease, tooth decay and/or a root canal infection will unlikely be eligible for treatment. Only an assessment from your dentist will determine your suitability.
How long will they last?
With correct care and maintenance, veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years. To ensure their longevity, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports and ensure to avoid excessive grinding and clenching. Although dental porcelain is quite strong, you will need to be careful with the choice of food and drink that you consume – avoid excessive consumption of tea, coffee and red wine as well as hard foods.
How long is the procedure?
Getting veneers usually involves 3 trips to your dentist:
This is your initial assessment and your opportunity to discuss your desired results with your dentist. They will assess your suitability for veneers, examining your teeth and gums and perhaps even taking X-rays to conduct a more thorough assessment.
On your second visit, a dentist will prepare your tooth for the treatment, removing enamel to ensure there is enough space to add the veneer. They will make impressions/moulds of the tooth to send to a lab to manufacture your veneer. It can take anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks for custom veneers to arrive from the lab. A temporary veneer can be put in place in the meantime if needed.
Before a veneer is permanently cemented, it will be placed on your tooth temporarily to ensure it is the right size, shape and colour. A dentist will re-adjust the colour and shape if required before proceeding to prepare your tooth for the veneer. The cement is put on the veneer and a dental curing light is used to harden it in place on the structure of your tooth. Your dental practitioner will remove any excess cement and polish the veneer, achieving an instant transformation of the tooth.
How much will veneers cost?
Veneers cost start at €450 with the total cost of treatment varying from person to person. After your initial assessment where your dentist has had the opportunity to assess your teeth and gums and understand your desired results, they will be able to advise on the total cost of treatment.
If you have any further queries about dental veneers, feel free to get in touch with myself (Dr. Thomas Munroe) or any member of my expert team at Milltown Dental. We would be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.Leave a reply