Ceramic dental veneers have for a long time been the treatment of choice to create the optimal smile makeover. Using ceramic veneers it is possible to completely change the appearance of twisted, crooked and badly broken teeth creating a beautiful and balanced smile to be proud of.
Ceramic veneers are made by our laboratory technician. They are incredibly thin shells of ceramic that are bonded to the facing surface of a tooth or several teeth using blue-light activated composite resin. A close analogy would be that of false nails. The difference being that the lifespan of a veneer is for a number of years.
- This type of treatment can be appropriate for badly discoloured teeth that cannot be improved any further through the efforts of tooth whitening procedures.
- Damaged teeth can be treated using this procedure. This includes teeth that have suffered from excessive attrition (functional) or acid erosion (chemical) misuse.
- Gaps between teeth can be very skilfully hidden using well-placed ceramic veneers creating a balanced and even smile.
- Teeth that have a slightly awkward alignment with respect to the neighbouring teeth can be treated using this technique to achieve a much more satisfactory appearance.
- Badly displaced teeth would, however, require a different treatment approach.
Veneers can be provided in different materials, either ceramic, as described above, or composite (see Composite Bonding). There are advantages and disadvantages to both, as follows:
Composite will be easier and quicker to apply, ceramic will take longer. Ceramic will be stronger and, therefore, more durable over the longer term. Composite is more porous and can potentially discolour with age, unlike ceramic. The aesthetic finish, achievable with ceramic is slightly better than composite. Ceramic will need slightly more tooth preparation compared with composite. Composite will be cheaper compared with ceramic. Ceramic will be much less frequently replaced and may, therefore, work out to be cheaper than composite!
How long do dental veneers last? Ceramic veneers could possibly last between 5 and 10 years. They will then need to be replaced. It is highly likely that composite veneers will need to be replaced in 2 to 4 years.
As with all forms of cosmetic dentistry your own level of oral hygiene will have a bearing on the longevity of these types of restorations. It is important to visit our hygienist regularly to maintain a high level of plaque control.