Dental veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics” because it can instantly conceal dental problems that involve teeth in the “smile zone”.
- Closing of spaces or gaps between the teeth.
- Improve the appearance of an irregular-shaped tooth.
- Aesthetically improve teeth discolourations such as tea/coffee stains, fluorosis, greyish root canal treated tooth, and teeth that darkened due to age.
- Repair fractured or chipped off teeth.
- Alter the tooth’s size, shape, length and colour to enhance one’s appearance.
Choose the best treatment for you
There are various types of dental treatments available depending on whether you are restoring teeth, or aiming to make them more aesthetically pleasing, or aiming to straighten them, or all of the above. Come see the dentist at Milltown dental clinic and we will thoroughly analyse your situation, and suggest the best type of treatment to suit you.
- Tooth filling / Dental restoration
- Dental Crown
- Orthodontic treatment (braces)
Dental Veneers Procedure
Placement of dental veneers can be accomplished in three appointments – one for consultation and two for tooth preparation and bonding of dental veneers. It takes two appointments since the dentist will need to have it made at a dental laboratory. In some cases, dental veneers can be placed in one day using prefabricated veneers.
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
The first appointment involves examining your teeth, discussing the procedure and taking of radio-graphs. It’s important that you tell your desires/expectations and ask questions regarding your case.
Local anaesthesia is not usually necessary. However, depending on patient’s sensitivity, it can be given. The dentist will clean the tooth and use a shade guide tool to determine what shade of veneer to be used. Then, the tooth will be prepared by removing little amount of tooth’s front surface. Around 0.5mm of tooth structure will be removed which is the usual thickness of veneers.
Next, the dentist will get an impression or mould of your tooth using a gum tray that will fit your upper and lower jaw. This mould will be sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of your dental veneer.
Before the first appointment ends, the dentist will bond a temporary veneer on your tooth.
Once the dental veneer is delivered to the clinic, your second visit will be scheduled. The dentist will remove the temporary veneer upon your arrival. Before bonding the dental veneer permanently, the dentist will temporarily place it to examine its colour and fit. The dentist might do some changes by trimming the veneer before permanently bonding it to the tooth.
Then, the tooth will be cleaned and polished. It will also be etched prior to bonding. Etching is a process wherein the tooth is chemically roughened to allow better bond of a material. A special light-activated cement will be used to attach the dental veneer to the tooth. As a final step, the dentist will remove excess cement, check your bite, and access appearance of dental veneer.