How a simple veneer can restore that sparkle to your smile.
What would you say to being able to restore that perfect appearance of a tooth for just €300? We tell you how it works right here.
At some stage of our lives, we’ve all had a favourite piece of furniture that’s starting to look a bit down at heel. And when it happens, there are two choices – wave goodbye to it and replace it with something new, or have it restored with a professional veneer finish.
In some ways, it’s the same principle with your teeth. Over time, the exterior of your tooth can become less than pristine in terms of its colouring. Or if you happen to chip it or damage it accidentally, the appearance is less than acceptable.
But rather than give up on the tooth, there’s a simple and inexpensive treatment – known as a veneer – that can have the tooth in question looking as good as new.
A veneer is not to be confused with a crown. It’s a very thin piece of material that your dentist applies to a tooth that’s become damaged or discoloured. And although it weighs almost nothing, it’s super-tough and has the durability and strength to withstand pretty much everything you’re likely to throw at it.
Once it’s been fitted, you can bite into that juicy apple or chew on a steak – exactly as you would with your original teeth, confident that your veneer is not going to become loose or unattached.
Why don’t they come loose?
Obviously, because it’s so thin and so light, the veneer can’t be mechanically fixed to your existing tooth (with some sort of screw fixing). Instead, your dentist uses a special form of dental cement to bond it to the tooth below.
Once this dental cement has fully set, we can promise you that it’s going nowhere. The bond is extremely durable, and is every bit as strong as your normal teeth, in fact.
It’s important to explain that the process of having a veneer fitted does not leave you with a tooth that looks bigger than those surrounding it. To compensate for the slightly extra volume of the veneer, your dentist will first of all file back the underlying tooth. This means that when the veneer is applied, it simply restores the tooth to its original size.
Even your closest friends or family will be hard pressed to spot that the repaired tooth is any different to all the others – it simply blends in perfectly with the shape of your existing teeth.
An effective treatment for staining
If you’re a regular smoker, you’ll be aware that your teeth can become stained over a period of time. And while regular brushing and professional cleaning can stave off the effects of this to a certain degree, eventually it becomes impossible to get rid of those brown stains.
This same effect can also be experienced if you’re a regular red wine or tea drinker. If you do it for long enough, the stains take hold and no amount of brushing will shift it.
The passing of time can also dull your teeth, and even though they’re not stained per se, they certainly leave something to be desired in terms of appearance.
Is there more than one type of veneer?
Once your dentist has recommended that you go down the road of having a veneer fitted, there are two types that he may opt for. The first of these is made of porcelain, while the second is known as a composite, as it’s made from a compound of materials.
Neither is particularly better than the other, and your dentist will advise you as to which will best suit your individual needs. And while there’s a slight difference in how they’re fitted, your dentist will explain this to you at the initial consultation.
Are they expensive?
When our patients ask us how much are veneers, they tend to be surprised when we let them know how little they cost – particulalrly when they make such a vast difference to your smile. Also, the cost can be spread over three, six or nine months thanks to our 0% Dental Finance plan.
The bottom line is that veneers cost from as little as €300, assuming itls a composite veneer ad that you’re having it fitted on your first visit. It’s hard to think of anything else that can make such a difference to your self-confidence for so little money.
Ethical practices with all our treatments
Whether you’re having veneers fitted or any other type of treatment, it’s comforting to know that we adhere to the formal code of practice of the Irish Dental Council – http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/g_dentalethics.php
This is your guarantee of the highest ethical standards at all time!