If you want to improve your smile Cosmetic veneers could be a good option for you . They are a very quick and effective solution to improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth surface.

Types of dental problems Veneers can fix

• Teeth that are discoloured because of:

Root canal treatment

Stains from tetracycline or other drugs

Excessive fluoride

Large resin fillings

Other causes

• Teeth that are worn down

• Teeth that are chipped or broken

• Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)

• Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between them)

• Teeth that do not respond to Teeth Whitening

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There are two types of materials used to fabricate a veneer – composite and ceramic. The term Porcelain is often used instead of ceramic but ceramic includes all forms of materials used for dental veneers.

Both can give you a beautiful smile, but how do you know which one is right for you?

Types of Veneers

Composite Veneers : A tooth coloured composite resin is applied to your teeth in layers to repair cracks/uneven surfaces and can close gaps. They can either be placed just along the edges (composite edge bonding) or over the whole tooth surface (composite veneer).

Ceramic Veneers: A thin shell of much stronger material that are custom made to fit directly over your teeth.

How long do they last?

Composite Veneers: 4-8 years. These need to be replaced more frequently than ceramic as the material is not a strong and can stain more easily. If they break they can be replaced easily and in some cases the whole composite does not need to replaced and they can be replaced in 1 visit.

Ceramic Veneers: 10-15 years. These resist day to day staining from tea/coffee/dark foods etc. If they break the whole veneer would need to be replaced and usually 2 visits is required as they are custom made in a dental lab.

How long does it take?

Composite Veneers: 1 visit. These are accomplished in one visit and are made chair side by a dentist. Ceramic Veneers: 1-2 visits. These acquire at least two visits to prepare and fit the veneers.

How much do they cost?

Composite Veneers: These are less expensive than ceramic veneers as they do not require a dental laboratory to make them. These are £205 per tooth for composite edge bonding and £345 per composite veneer.

Veneers: These are more expensive than composite veneers, they require a dental laboratory to make them. These are £800 per tooth.

Do they damage the teeth?

Composite Veneers bond directly on to the tooth surface and are therefore not damaging or destructive to the tooth at all.

Veneers require removal of some of the tooth surface, once a tooth has been prepared for a veneer that tooth structure has been damaged and the preparation to the tooth is irreversible.

Diagnostic wax up (a Mock up version)

Diagnostic wax-ups help the patient, dentist and technician to visualise the final aesthetic and functional outcome.

How do we do it?

1: Impressions (teeth moulds) are made of the upper and lower teeth, and stone models are poured and fabricated.

2: 1-2 weeks later. An appointment is made to discuss the wax up.

2: Modifications may be made to the models similar to expected preparation of the actual teeth and then tooth coloured wax is placed on the involved stone teeth to create the desired result and determine the necessary steps to achieve it.

3:Digital pictures can be taken and modified to evaluate before and possible after.

Direct Placement of composite resin

It may be possible to place (not bond) composite filling material (tooth coloured) on the teeth to evaluate possible changes in shape, size and maybe even colour.

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