Veneers and Crowns

Veneers are a great option for improving the look of your existing teeth. They can be perfect if you have significant staining, minor misalignment, gaps, chips or cracks. Veneers can be made either of porcelain (ceramic) or composite resin (of plastic and glass). Composite (resin)veneers don’t last quite as long and they are a cheaper option. They can also stain and change colour over time.

Porcelain veneers tend to look more realistic and last longer than resin veneers, but they are also more expensive.

Veneers are a permanent dental treatment, and their colour cannot be altered after they’ve been applied.

Porcelain Veneers are custom-made to fit each of your teeth and is simply bonded over the top of your existing teeth to create a natural look. To achieve the best outcome for our clients we use our onsite master technicians with meticulous skills or other accredited labs.createa smile make over fo

We also use careful planning and a team approach as well as involving our clients step by step whilst we create the vision together for their smile makeover.

Porcelain
Your dentist will first remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth so that the veneer does not stick out. You may require a local anesthetic for this procedure. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth. The mould is sent away to a lab where the veneer will be made.

In the meantime, your dentist can give you a temporary veneer.

During your second visit, the dentist will make sure the veneer fits well and that it looks good.
Composite
A composite resin veneer is completed in one visit. The dentist applies the material to the tooth in layers, each hardened using a beam of light. Finally, the tooth is shaped and polished. This can be uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be painful.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriate qualified practitioner.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown may be used to cover a broken or decayed tooth, when too much of the original tooth is missing. It is basically a custom-made cover that fits over what’s left of your existing tooth – and made to blend in with the rest of your teeth.

Metal crowns are the most long-lasting kinds available. They rarely chip or break, and they cause minimum wear to other teeth. However, because of their distinctive metal colour, these crowns are best for molars.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a more popular choice as they can be colour-matched to your natural tooth. There is a chance that the porcelain will chip or break, and they also cause more wear to opposing teeth than all-metal crowns.

Resin crowns are a more affordable option compared to other crown types, but they wear down over time and are more susceptible to fractures than crowns made from other materials.

Ceramic or porcelain crowns are not as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, but they provide the best natural colour match. This makes them the ideal choice for front teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our clinics use Ivoclar Vivadent technology from Lihtenstain.

Your dentist may ask you to come back so they can check your gums and how the veneers are sitting.

You should treat your veneers in the same way you do your regular teeth by:

  • practising good oral hygiene
  • brushing and flossing daily
  • avoiding biting hard or chewy food (or chewing your fingernails) because veneers can chip

Porcelain veneers usually last from 7 to 15 years before they need to be replaced. Composite resin veneers don’t last quite as long.

We require a few dental photos and results of an OPG.

Your suitability for treatment with dental veneers can only be confirmed by your treating dentist.

This is because of material  used (durable, stain resistant) and the labor costs due to custom made product.

 

Using dental veneers is a fairly simple approach that can significantly improve the look of your teeth, if that’s what you want.

Risks are low, but include:

  • jaw pain and misalignment of the bite
  • the veneer cracking or falling off
  • temperature sensitivity of the teeth (because some enamel is removed)
  • gum shrinkage exposing the veneer margins
  • the veneers remaining white as surrounding teeth discolour

 

Crowns are a way of protecting teeth that are weak or have been broken. They also help improve the appearance of teeth that are irregularly shaped or stained. Crowns can last many years if they are cared for properly.

But sometimes they break or fall off. This might be because the cement does not hold, or it might be because the tooth under the crown has decayed.

Zirconia offers enhanced durability and strength and it is the best possible material used hence this is reflected in the price.

Tooth caps/crowns using zirconia usually last longer than porcelain. Zirconia dental restorations look very natural and are more translucent so the cap reflects light in the same manner as natural teeth.

The dentist will usually prepare the tooth by removing a layer of its outer surface. The crown will be the same thickness as the thickness of this removed layer.

To make a crown, the dentist takes a mould of the tooth and sends it away to a technician who will prepare the crown. It can often be matched to the colour of the other teeth, so it will blend in.

You might be given a temporary crown to get you through until the permanent crown is made.

When the permanent crown is ready, the dentist fits it in place using dental cement or adhesive.