Everything you want to know about dental veneers.
Got a damaged or discoloured tooth? Then read on!
There’s a shop near where we live which closed temporarily last month. A sign in the window explained that it was undergoing ‘major refurbishment’ and promised its regular customers an amazing new shopping experience when it re-opened.
Last night, we passed by it again, and it is open once more for business. But here’s the rub. We could barely spot the difference between the old store and the new one. To say that we were underwhelmed by the refurbishment work was an absolute understatement.
Thankfully, there are other forms of refurbishment that very definitely deliver the sort of results they promise. We’re thinking, in particular, of dental veneers, which are very definitely one of the most hardworking and effective forms of dental treatment on the market.
Tell me more about veneers
As the name might suggest, a veneer is a super-thin strip of material that’s placed over the damaged or discoloureted tooth. As a general rule, you will either be getting composite veneers or dental porcelain veneers.
They differ from each other in how they’re manufactured and put in place. The composite veneer has one major advantage to recommend it in that your dentist can ‘build’ it in the mouth, which means that it's faster and more convenient for the patient. Alternatively, it can be built in the laboratory by a skilled dental technician, and subsequently bonded to the affected tooth by a special form of resin cement.
With a porcelain veneer, you only have the option of having it being manufactured in the lab. Neither is more effective than the other – the choice of which you’ll opt for is really down to how quickly you want the procedure completed.
How long will I spend in the chair?
If you're in the market for veneers Ireland is a recognised centre of excellence and you can look forward to a highly professional service.
Here at MyDental, the typical treatment regime goes something like this. You’ll visit us fir an initial consultation, which lets us assess the degree of damage and the suitability for a veneer.
After that, there will be two further visits. During the first visit, we remove a very think level of enamel from the surface, to allow the veneer fit on without changing the overall size of your tooth.
On your next visit, for whichever type of veneer you have chosen, we will bond it firmly to your tooth and make any final adjustments that might be called for.
Are veneers hard to care for?
Not at all. You just brush and floss as normal. The veneer itself can resist decay, but remember that the base of the tooth is still susceptible to plaque, so you should never let up in your fight for great dental health.
If you're interested in this topic but would like to find out a bit more, here's a very helpful article, courtesy of the excellent WebMD website - http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers#1