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It’s hard to overstate just how big a difference a veneer can make to your smile. Read on to find out more about this cost-effective way of restoring your smile.

When you hear the word veneer used, you might be forgiven for thinking that it’s something that provides just a smidgen of improvement. In that sense, however, the word is a poor descriptor of this popular and highly effective form of dental treatment.

The bottom line is that very few treatments are so effective at giving a new lease of life to teeth that are starting to wilt under the effects of age – or perhaps have lost some of their structural integrity through a number of fillings.

Age comes to us all, of course, and with the passing of the years, our teeth can start to lose some of their original colour. For most of us, this still leaves an acceptable level of ‘whiteness’, but if you’re a regular smoker, the additional browning effect of those nasty cigs are causing huge levels of damage tot eh quality of your smile.

And even if you don’t smoke, you can also experience a very strong staining effect if you consumer a lot of red wine or – wait for it – the humble cup of tea.

Veneers are so effective at masking these stains with a new layer of whiteness that they really do restore your teeth to looking brand new. And if the tooth was in danger of having to be extracted, the veneer means that you won’t be left with an unsightly gap between your teeth.

What are dental veneers, in short?

You’d probably guess from the name that a veneer is a slim form of material – and you’d be completely correct! But while it may be very slim and light, it’s also very strong and robust, and will comfortably stand up to whatever you care to throw at it – from crunching into an apple to chewing on a steak.

Part of the reason for this is the toughness of the veneer itself, and part of it is down to the bond between the veneer and your existing tooth. Your dentist uses a special form of dental cement to keep it in place, and once this has ‘set’, it forms an unbelievable strong bond that simply won’t let you down no matter what you choose to ear.

We’ve carried out the treatment thousands of times, so believe us when we tell you that you won’t even know you’re wearing the veneer. You’ll talk as normal, and within a day or two, you’ll forget that you’ve even had a veneer treatment.

Why do dentists opt for veneers?

Veneers are quite a versatile form of treatment, which is why they’re so popular with dentists around the world. The first situation where they’re used is in the event of discolouration, which we’ve already spoken about.

But this is also a very common treatment when there is a structural problem with a tooth. It could be a case that you’ve chipped it in an accident, for example, or perhaps the tooth is struggling to accommodate a larger-than-normal filling.

Is it a lengthy process?

For something that makes such a big difference to your smile, a veneer is a very simple procedure. After an initial assessment of the tooth in process, your dentist will tell you whether the treatment is suitable – and will also suggest which sort of veneer you need.

If your dentist opts for a composite veneer, he can build it up in your mouth or have it manufactured in a laboratory by a qualified dental technician.

If, on the other hand, he opts for a porcelain veneer, it can only be made in the lab – and fixed to your tooth at a later stage in the dentist’s chair.

What about the cost?

Veneers are surprisingly affordable – particularly when you think of how big an impact they make. And remember that you can choose to spread the cost over three, six or nine months with our great value 0% Dental Finance Plan.

When it comes to veneers Dublin is as cheap a place as any to have them fitted and we have a well-served reputation for excellence in this part of the world. And if you’re committed to getting veneers Ireland can work out a lot cheaper than some of those overseas locations you’ve seen advertised – particularly when you take the total cost into consideration.

You might like to check what the Irish Dental Association have to say on this topic before you decide where you’ll have your treatment – http://www.dentist.ie/your-oral-health/dental-tourism-.6558.html