Dental veneers can be used to enhance the appearance of the smile for those with discoloured, stained, chipped, cracked, broken, gapped and blemished teeth, which are otherwise healthy. Dental veneers are custom-made shells made from porcelain or Emax that are fitted over the surface of the tooth.
The veneer covers the front, sides and tip surfaces of teeth with a thin, tooth-coloured layer, improving their aesthetic appeal. They are cemented onto your teeth permanently and are usually made of porcelain or Emax. Veneers can be used to correct various cosmetic issues, including chipped, broken, discoloured, or undersized teeth.
Composite veneers make use of tooth filling materials that are highly polishable. These, although not as long-lasting or highly aesthetic as porcelain, are more cost-effective options for the short term. They are directly built against your teeth, while their porcelain/Emax counterparts are made by a dental technician.
What is the process for (dental) veneers?
The teeth are prepared for veneers by removing a small layer of the tooth's surface. For those with a heavy bite, crowns can be used to strengthen the tooth. A digital scan is then taken of the teeth, and the veneers are fabricated by a dental technician. This process takes a few weeks. If you are short on time and require your fitting within a few days, this must be discussed with your dentist beforehand. Please note the lab will bill a higher tariff for this. Once the technician has completed the veneers, your dentist will then fit the veneers. After checking that the fit and shade are correct, the teeth are cleaned, polished and etched to allow for stronger bonding of the veneers.
With their combined expertise in smile makeovers and restorations, your All Smiles Dentist will help you decide on the shape, length, width as well as colour or shade of the veneers and even give you a virtual and physical idea of what your smile could look like using our Digital Smile Design technology.