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Dental veneers can restore a lot more than confidence!

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Dental veneers are the perfect and affordable way to repair discoloured or damaged teeth – and to restore that confident smile you’re so proud of.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense that the part of your tooth that stands up to most abuse is the exterior of the tooth. So this is the part that’s most likely to suffer the ravages of discolouration, or damage from accidents or biting into those hard chocolates one time too many!

Thankfully, your dentist has a treatment option that’s been refined over generations for this exact purpose. They can provide a total new lease of life to teeth that could otherwise be at risk – and maybe even in need of extraction.

What exactly is a veneer?

So before you wave goodbye to that damaged or discoloured tooth, your dentist is likely to suggest the option of a dental veneer. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s define what exactly a veneer treatment involves.

Quite simply, a veneer is a very slim replacement exterior that your material affixed to the damaged tooth. But while it may well be slim, it’s also very strong and very durable, and gives you all the structural integrity of your existing teeth.

Even if it’s applied to those central front teeth, you can depend upon it completely for biting into that apple or crunching into just about any common foodstuff. It simply won’t let you down for all those typical daily dental chores.

When are they used?

As a general rule, your dentist will opt for a veneer in either of two circumstances;

  • You’ve been drinking wine or tea for many years – possibly allied to smoking – and your tooth/ has become very badly discoloured.
  • You have experienced damage to the tooth. This could be anything from chipping it in an accident or simply the effects of wear and tear over the years.

How are they prescribed?

Before your dentist will recommend this treatment, he will first carry out an assessment as to whether it’s the right treatment in your particular circumstances.

He will also have to make a decision as to which type of veneer you will need, and in this regard, he has a choice of two. The first type is made from porcelain, while the second type is known in the dental business as a composite.

Neither of them is better than the other – it’s simply a matter of horses for courses and your MyDental dentist will know exactly what’s right for you.

What’s the procedure?

If he’s opted for a composite version, your dentist can decide to actually build it in your mouth, or alternatively, ask a qualified dental technician to manufacture it in a dental laboratory.

If, however, he’s opted for the porcelain alternative, there’s no decision to be made, as it can only be made in the laboratory by a dental technician. Again, we stress that neither is better than the other, and the only real difference you’ll notice is the length of time sitting in the dental chair.

Will a veneer make a big difference to my smile?

Your dentist will often choose this treatment when your teeth are in good order, in general, but one or two teeth are letting down the side. This option is often called on when you have an oddly shaped tooth, or when a tooth is significantly smaller than the teeth that surround it.

It really is surprising how big a difference it can make when you get that one rogue tooth sorted – and you tend to get a resurgence in confidence in terms of your smile.

If you’re considering having dental veneers in the near future, remember that you don’t have to shell out for them in one lump sum. Veneers cost enough to make it worth your while to spread the cost over a number of months with our 0% Dental Finance Plan.

Are we making ourselves clear?

If you’re ever unsure about some of the terms we use, we apologise profusely and try to keep things as simple as possible. If you need an explanation of a term, however, you could check out this helpful glossary of terms courtesy of the Irish Dental Association website – http://www.dentist.ie/your-oral-health/glossary-of-dental-terms.5622.html