Cosmetic Veneers

Porcelain and composite

Porcelain and composite veneers are an ideal solution to cosmetically enhance your smile while still maintaining healthy tooth structure.

These veneers consist of thin tooth coloured layers of specifically shaped porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the facial surfaces of your teeth in order to improve the aesthetic outcomes of your smile. The advantage of veneers are that minimal tooth preparation is required , so there is less damage done to your teeth.

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The Procedure
An initial consultation with your dentist is is required to assess your aesthetic concerns and perform a smile assessment.

Incremental amounts of tooth structure, usually enamel will be removed, to allow for an overlying veneer to be fabricated. If a porcelain veneer is the treatment of choice, an impression of the veneer preparation will be taken using a PVS material. A temporary veneer will then be fabricated to protect the underlying tooth structure and this will be bonded on temporarily. The impression will be then sent to a dental laboratory, where a porcelain veneer will be fabricated.

Once returned the dentist will call you back for insertion whereby the temporary veneer will be removed and the porcelain veneer will be tried in and cemented with permanent cement.

For a composite veneer, the dentist will layer incremental amounts of composite resin directly onto your tooth.

Contributed by Dr Michael Leong


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. When is it appropriate to have a veneer?

A. A veneer is suitable when you want to:

  • Eliminate gaps between your teeth
  • Reduce overlapping teeth
  • Improve the overall contour of your smile
  • Whiten your smile
  • Fixed chipped teeth
  • Change the appearance of crooked or misaligned teeth
Q. When is a veneer not suitable?

A. A veneer is not suitable in these situations:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Not enough tooth structure left to bond a veneer
  • Severe loss of enamel
  • A person with a heavy bite or edge to edge bite
  • The gap to be closed is too big
  • Severely stained teeth
Q. What is the difference between a composite veneer and a porcelain veneer?

A. A composite veneer is made of composite resin and is placed directly onto the tooth preparation in one session. It provides the flexibility of being repairable and adjustable and less tooth structure needs to be removed.
Composite veneers are also a cheaper treatment option compared to porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain and requires at least 2mm thickness all over. This means more tooth structure may need to be compromised in order to create enough thickness and strength. As it is a laboratory fabricated process, the cost is a lot more than a composite veneer.

Porcelain veneers usually have a better quality finish but if it breaks or chips a new one is usually required.

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