Cosmetic Dental Services

Veneers

You can have a whole new smile with veneers. If you have chipped, damaged or discoloured teeth, they could be the perfect solution.

Veneers are used to treat a range of teeth issues including chipped, weakened or discoloured teeth. The process of getting veneers is pretty straightforward and often lasts for years. They improve the appearance, colour and shape of your teeth to help you achieve that perfect smile.

What is it?

Veneers, also known as laminates, are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are shaped to bond to the front of your teeth. They can be used instead of a crown if your tooth is strong and healthy. Veneers are excellent for treating chipped or discoloured teeth and give a spectacular lift to your smile. They can also be used to eliminate gaps between the teeth.

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Veneers

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution for chipped, uneven, or discoloured teeth. Your teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of the front surface of the tooth to allow space for the porcelain. A thin bit of porcelain is then cemented to your front teeth.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers that require minimal or no reshaping of the natural tooth. They are created by applying layers of bonded ceramic composite to the surface of the tooth. Composite veneers are easier to apply, repair and remove but are not as strong as porcelain veneers and may not last as long.

Need to know

Appointments

  • Usually 2 to 3 appointments
  • Further appointments may be needed to check or adjust the veneers

How long it takes

  • Appointments usually take around 1 to 2 hours

You may be asked about

  • Your dental history and medical history
  • Your oral health care routine at home

Before your appointment

  • No special preparation needed

After your appointment

  • You may feel some sensitivity to hot or cold foods, but this will usually go away in a couple of days

Quick tip

Good oral hygiene and taking care when you eat hard food will extend the life of your veneers. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and hygienist.

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Case studies

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Combination of composite and porcelain veneers

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Have questions?

The price of getting veneers depends on the scale of the treatment as well as the type of veneers you get. Sometimes you will need more appointments if the treatment is more complex. When you visit your dentist for a consultation they will be able to give you an estimate of the overall cost.

When you get veneers your dentist will make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during and after the treatment. They may numb the area being treated before the procedure if needed. Getting veneers usually doesn’t hurt but some people feel some discomfort during the procedure. At your consultation visit your dentist will go over any concerns you might have.

The length of time that veneers last will depend on how well you look after your teeth. Good dental hygiene will extend the life of your veneers, however they do require extra care to ensure they are not damaged by hard foods. In some cases, they may require protection from excessive grinding.

Bridges are designed to bridge the gap between a missing tooth or teeth. Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth and are used to treat chipped, damaged or discoloured teeth.