What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a thin tooth-coloured porcelain shell that is custom made and bonded over the teeth, to improve their appearance. They are the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment at Dental & Facial Aesthetics. They are used to change the colour, shape, length, or size of the front teeth, or to improve the overall appearance of the smile. They can also be used to correct minor orthodontic crowding or spacing, where orthodontic treatment is not an option, or is not required. They are relatively non-invasive, meaning that very little tooth structure is removed, compared to crowns and bridges.
What types of problems do veneers fix?
They can be used to fix discoloured teeth due to root canal treatments, fluorosis or tetracycline staining; teeth that have been worn down, chipped or broken; they can be used to close the gaps between teeth, or to correct crowded, misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth.
Are they painful?
Porcelain veneer treatment is a relatively painless procedure, as very little tooth structure needs to be removed. Local anaesthetic injections are given only where required.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Veneers generally last between 7-15 years or more, depending on the circumstances in your mouth, and grinding habits, dietary habits etc. We choose our veneer cases very carefully, and all factors will be discussed with you at your consultation.
Will I be able to eat and drink normally after having porcelain veneers?
In general, porcelain veneers don’t require any special care. You will need to continue to follow good oral hygiene practices to maintain gum health. Although porcelain veneers are stain resistant, you may be advised to avoid consuming excessive amounts of stain-causing foods and beverages such as coffee, red wine, beetroot etc, and you will be required to attend 6 monthly visits to clean and polish the veneers. People who play contact sports will be provided with protection guards, and in most cases you may be provided with a night guard in order to protect your veneers from any night grinding habits.
What does it cost?
Porcelain veneers are rarely done as single teeth, they are usually done in pairs to ensure optimum aesthetics (ie; 2,4,6,8, or 10). Porcelain veneers cost approximately P8000-10 000 per unit, but prices vary according to material used, and number of veneers required. Quotations are given to you after consultation and assessment of your suitability for veneers.
What is Digital Smile Design?
At Dental & Facial Aesthetics we use digital smile design technology to design your smile prior to performing any procedures. This enables you, the patient, to be fully involved in the appearance of your final teeth before we even start.