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Dental Veneers

Veneers, laminate veneers, or ceramic veneers are thin multi-layered ceramic laminates that are bonded to the tooth surfaces to modify and enhance the tooth color and shape.

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Dental Veneers

This type of conservative and cosmetic treatment approach requires minimal tooth substance removal while it protects the defective fillings and discoloured teeth.

Although composite veneers are easier to make and cheaper to deliver, they could result in inferior clinical outcomes in terms of quality, strength, durability, and appearance compared to porcelain veneers. Composite veneers can be discolored or chipped over time and must be replaced more often.

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What are the indications of the porcelain laminate veneers?

    Aesthetically disturbing cervical and proximal fillings and defects.
    Hereditary or medication-induced tooth discoloration.
    Advanced enamel hypo-mineralization and hypoplasia.
    Complex tooth trauma.
    Asymmetric tooth shape and size.

Uses of porcelain veneers

    Repair teeth damage caused by bruxism.
    Change the color of the teeth.
    Improve the teeth' shape.
    Fill gaps between the teeth.
    Repair broken or chipped teeth.
    Fix discoloration that teeth whitening cannot.

Caring for your porcelain veneers

    While participating in any sports, ensure you wear a mouthguard.
    If you grind or clench your teeth at night, ensure you wear a splint or retainer to prevent the veneers from getting damaged.
    Avoid opening packages with your teeth.
    Avoid biting down or chewing objects like pens, ice, pencils, and fingernails.
    Avoid chewing foods with your front teeth. Eat hard foods and chew with your back teeth.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What makes me a suitable candidate for having porcelain veneers?

    ● Good oral hygiene.● Minimal number of fillings in those teeth supporting your veneers.● Adequate number of posterior molar teeth to reduce mechanical stress on your porcelain veneers.● No clenching or grinding habits (bruxism or para-functional activities).● No symptoms from your jaw joints.

  • What makes me an unsuitable candidate for having porcelain veneers?

    ● If you have nocturnal clenching and grinding habits or other para-functional habits, your veneer runs a higher risk for porcelain fracture
    ● If you have compromised bite/chewing support due to posterior molar teeth, the exceeding pressure forces would cause gradual failures in the form of de-bonding, micro-fracture, and eventually restorative failures.
    ● If you have a root canal or large fillings in those teeth supporting porcelain veneers, there is a higher risk of full crown fracture.
    ● If you are prone to dental decay, the long-term success of veneer therapy is compromised
    ● If you have protruded teeth which may require extra tooth preparation/removal unless they are first treated with Orthodontics.

  • How could I improve my smile appearance to avoid porcelain veneers?

    If you have intact, healthy teeth but are concerned about your dull or discolored teeth, we advise you NOT to pursue getting veneers and seek a consultation for teeth whitening first to see if that may solve your discoloration issues.

    If you have intact, healthy teeth, we advise you NOT to pursue getting veneers unless you have sought advice on the alignment/straightening of your crooked/misaligned teeth (see Invisalign clear aligners).

    If you have small discolored fillings, we advise you NOT to pursue getting veneers unless you have sought advice on Cosmetic Composite bonding in combination with teeth whitening and minor Invisalign therapy.

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