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Veneers

What are Veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin that are cemented over the facial surfaces of the tooth.

Since it is not covering the entire surface of the tooth, it is also referred as a partial-coverage dental restoration in contrast to a full-coverage dental restoration (dental crown).

They can help to correct mainly aesthetic defects of the smile, like teeth discolouration, old and non-aesthetic fillings, minor tooth fractures, uneven tooth alignment or spacing or decayed teeth.

Generally, dental veneers can help to address smile imperfections related to the shape and morphology of the teeth. They can be part of a “smile makeover” procedure with beautifully aligned, shaped teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments.

Other benefits include durability and longevity, an improved smile appearance, and the need for minimal removal of tooth structure compared to crowns.

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YOUR FIRST CONSULT

During your first consultation, our team will take intra- and extra-oral photos of your teeth. This will help your dentist to assess your case and give you a detailed treatment plan. You will be able to take the itemised treatment plan home with you.

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PRICING

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What do Veneers Cover?

Veneers may cover the entire labial (front) surface of the anterior (front) teeth or just a part of the surface. In broken or decayed teeth, the veneers may cover more tooth surfaces. They may also cover parts of the back or the sides of a tooth. In those cases, they resemble a partial crown. Therefore, the term “Partial coverage restorations” describes those extended veneers or partial crowns. This is in contrast to “full-coverage restorations” which are the traditional dental crowns.

Veneers can also be a treatment option for back teeth. They can cover the occlusal (top) part of the tooth as well as the buccal part (outside part). The term for these restorations often is “overlays”, “onlays”, or “tabletops”.

Veneers Treatment Process

The diagnostic and examination phase of the treatment is of high importance. It identifies possible oral health concerns that we will address before proceeding to the veneer treatment. It also helps to point out the individual aesthetic needs of the patient.

Contemporary imaging technologies allow the patient to preview and evaluate the expected results. Together with your dentist, you will determine the shade, shape, and appearance of the veneers and receive your customised treatment.

After agreeing on the treatment plan, your dentist will prepare your natural tooth by minimally reshaping it to provide the best fit for the veneer.

If the treatment involves direct composite resin veneers, your dentist will apply an appropriately shaded composite to the teeth. In addition, extra layers of composite may help to build the veneer to the correct shape, length, and form to match the neighbouring teeth or to establish the desired outcome.

Our practitioner will put finishing touches on your veneers using burs and polishers to create a vital, natural, and lifelike smile.

If the treatment requires indirect porcelain veneers, we will take an impression (either analogue or digital) of your teeth. Our team will send this impression to our modern dental laboratory where highly skilled and trained technicians will professionally fabricate your veneers.

Types of Dental Veneers

We can distinguish between four different types of veneers; traditional porcelain, prep-less, mini, and composite resin veneers.

Traditional Porcelain Veneers

These are thin pieces of ceramic material (thickness as less as 0.3-0.5 mm) which are bonded on the teeth with suitable adhesive systems.

Generally, dental veneers address smile imperfections related to the colour, shape, and alignment of the teeth.

They can assist in “smile makeover” with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. The major advantages of porcelain veneers are minimal intervention (grinding) of teeth, excellent aesthetic performance, and excellent mechanical strength.

Prep-less Porcelain Veneers

In selected clinical cases, it is possible to improve the aesthetics of the smile using porcelain veneers without removing structure of the existing tooth. The name of these restorations is prep-less veneers.

The veneer covers the entire front surface of the tooth and commonly also extends over the back of the tooth. There minimum thickness can be as less as 0.1 mm, about as much of a thickness as a contact lens. This treatment option may be the right solution for patients that desire an improvement of their smile and have natural teeth without extended decay or discolouration.

Mini-Veneers

These are partial ceramic (porcelain) veneers that do not cover the entire front surface of the tooth. Quite often they are prep-less veneers. They replace missing parts of the tooth without the need of removing additional tooth structure. They can restore chipped teeth, small diastemas (gaps) between teeth or small inconsistencies in the shape of selected teeth.

Composite Resin Veneers

This type consist of composite resin that is bonded on the tooth surface. Your dentist will apply appropriately shaded composite resins in layers on your tooth surface. A successful application of the composite layers then allows the veneered tooth to have the correct shape, length, and form and match the neighbouring teeth. They are an attractive and relatively inexpensive alternative to ceramic veneers. The name of this procedure is “bonding”.

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CASE STUDIES

Before

This patient came to us 1 week before his wedding and was unhappy with the shape and the length of his teeth.

After

Dr Franck Page placed 8 porcelain veneers in the patient’s upper jaw – just in time for a bright smile on his big day.

Before

This patient came to see Prof Vasilios Chronopoulos after she cracked her front teeth in an accident. She was also unhappy with the slightly crooked front teeth.

After

Prof Vasilios Chronopoulos restored the patient's smile with four minimal-prep porcelain veneers.

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