VENEERS AND COMPOSITE BONDING
How can I achieve the perfect smile?
If you’re after something that can improve not only the colour but the appearance of your smile too, veneers could be the answer. Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that is widely used to cover up any flaws and close small gaps between your teeth, enhance the look of uneven teeth, and give covering for teeth that aren’t the ideal colour.
What exactly are veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin that fit over the surface of your teeth to improve the way they look. Each Veneer is handcrafted in a specialised dental laboratory to ensure colour and fit. They are held in place with a strong and long-lasting glue, providing a very high quality finish and perfect smile.
How does the process of having veneers fitted work?
First of all, we will schedule a free consultation, where we will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental veneers. During this consultation, they will evaluate your oral health, discuss all your options, and manage your expectations. Veneers involve tooth preparation which is irreversible, so it is important that you have the opportunity to discuss any alternatives that may achieve similar results with less impact on your natural teeth.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, some of your tooth surface, roughly the thickness of the veneer, will need to be removed. Impressions will then be taken of each tooth and sent to a dental laboratory. While your veneers are being constructed, temporary veneers can be put in place.
At your second appointment your teeth will be cleaned, polished and etched, which roughens them to allow for a strong bonding process. The veneer is then fixed in position with a glue cement and a special light beam is used to activate chemicals causing the glue to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps are to remove any excess cement, evaluate your bite and make any final adjustments. A follow-up visit may be recommended to check how your gums are responding to the veneer and examine their final placement.
How do I look after my veneers and how long will they last?
Maintaining veneers is actually quite simple. You should treat them as you would your natural teeth with routine brushing and flossing. Although dental veneers are not permanent and we can’t make any guarantees, they should last between seven and fifteen years with the right care.
Is there an alternative to veneers?
The closest equivalent therapy to veneers is composite bonding. Cosmetic dentistry frequently has more than one answer to help you attain a beautiful smile, and our skilled dental team will gladly walk you through your treatment options.
What is composite bonding?
Composite (or cosmetic) bonding is a procedure that involves the application of tooth-coloured composite resin to the teeth to improve their look. Composite bonding is performed by directly applying a composite resin to the surface of the teeth.
What are the advantages of cosmetic bonding?
Bonding is a quick and easy way to get the smile you want with only one visit. In most circumstances, there is no need to remove any of your natural tooth structures, and no injections or moulds are required. Cosmetic bonding can be used to close gaps between teeth, change shapes, and cover or hide discoloured teeth caused by fluorosis or congenital abnormalities.
What is the treatment process?
Your dentist will discuss your desired end result with you, including the colour you want. A gentle chemical agent is then used to prepare and roughen the natural tooth surface before applying a bonding agent. The composite material will be applied and delicately moulded before being set using blue light and polished to a dazzling finish.
How long does composite bonding last?
Cosmetic bonding typically lasts 3-8 years, with good oral care.