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Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers

What is a Dental Veneer?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured covers that attach to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are custom made for your teeth according to their shape, size, colour and alignment. They are usually placed on the front teeth for aesthetic correction of discolourations, gaps, crookedness or chipped corners of your front teeth. Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite materials.
Porcelain veneers are longer lasting and stain-resistant when compared to composite veneers, but may be costlier. Porcelain veneers, if well taken care of, can last well up to 20 years hence are an excellent investment if you want to achieve your dream smile.
Special dental veneers that do not require any tooth material to be trimmed down are also available. They are called as Lumineers or “no-prep veneers”
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Am I a suitable candatite for Veneers?

Your teeth need to be carefully evaluated before you can be cleared for dental veneers. Candidates for dental veneers need to have sufficiently healthy teeth without any gum disease or decay, and sufficient amounts of enamel present (the outermost layer of your teeth). People with teeth clenching or teeth grinding habits (bruxism) are not advised to get veneers.
Also, keep in mind that dental veneers can only correct slight problems in the alignment of your front teeth. If your teeth are severely misaligned, you may have to undergo an orthodontic treatment first.

When are Dental Veneers used?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment option for correction of defects like:
Discolouration, uneven or yellow teeth
Chipped or broken front teeth
Gaps between teeth
Abnormally small teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth
Abnormally shaped front teeth
Teeth Whitening Procedure

Alternatives to Dental Veneers

Crowns
Dental crowns are “caps” or coverings that cover the entire tooth. They offer protection from attack by bacteria in the mouth, chemical agents like acids in food, and physical wear by abrasives. Crowns are made of different materials like metals, ceramic, porcelain or resin and hence can be used to treat gaps, discolourations, and alignment problems in the front teeth. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are suitable alternatives to veneers if you’re looking for tooth-coloured restorations with a slightly lesser budget.
Composite fillings
Composite fillings utilize a tooth coloured material called composite to build up chipped or broken tooth structure. In comparison to veneers, they are a cost-effective treatment option for correcting front tooth defects since we can also match composite fillings to the colour of natural teeth. Composite bonding treatment involves building up the composite material to form tooth contours and setting the material in place using UV light.

What is the treatment process of Dental Veneers?

Our dentist will examine your teeth first to check for any signs of gum disease, decay or a need for a root canal treatment (RCT). If any of these are present, you will not be suitable to get veneers. X-rays may also be taken to look for underlying problems with your teeth.
Once you’re cleared, your dentist will take trim down the front surface of your teeth (usually by 1 mm) and take an impression using a dental mould. This will take about 30 mins. We will then send your measurements to the lab for fabrication of the veneers.
After a week or two, we will recall you for your next appointment where we will fix the veneers to your teeth after evaluating its shape, size, colour and fit to match with your requirements. A thorough cleaning of your teeth will be done prior to attaching the veneers to ensure there is no bacterial residue beneath the veneers. After which, a strong dental adhesive will bond the veneers to your teeth and it will be set in place using UV light. We will complete the entire process in under 2 hours.

Pros

  • They require the least amount of tooth trimming (so we save a lot of natural tooth structure)
  • Porcelain veneers are the most aesthetically pleasing treatment option for front teeth defects (like gaps, discolourations or crookedness)
  • Can be matched with natural tooth colour or made to look whiter
  • Porcelain veneers last up to 15-20 years
  • Porcelain veneers do not stain at all (with coffee, wine, or cigarette stains)

Cons

  • A costlier option than crowns or onlay
  • Veneers leave other areas of the tooth exposed to decay
  • Teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold
  • Dental veneers are irreversible
  • You cannot bite on hard foods with your front teeth, else you risk the veneers getting chipped or broken
  • Composite veneers last for about 6-8 years and have to be replaced after that
  • Not suitable for unhealthy, weak or damaged teeth
  • Not suitable for people with teeth clenching habit (bruxism)

More Questions about Dental Veneers?

Yes, veneers can be used to close gaps in the front teeth. They are a great option for closing tooth gaps quickly and without much equipment.

It depends on the type of dental veneers you get. Porcelain veneers usually last for 15-20 years, if taken good care of, whereas composite ones last for around 6-8 years. Veneers are fragile, so you need to make sure that you don’t bite accidentally on hard objects or hard foods with veneers (pens, ice cubes, etc) Do not use your front teeth for tearing packaging or plastic wrapping. And never, ever play sports without wearing a mouthguard.

Dental veneers are fixed to the front (visible) surfaces of your teeth and help in aesthetic correction of problems like gaps, discolourations, or shape modifications of the front teeth. They can be matched exactly to your natural tooth colour, shape, size or alignment and give the most natural-looking results of all dental restorations.

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured covers that attach to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are custom made for your teeth according to their shape, size, colour and alignment. They are usually placed on the front teeth for aesthetic correction of discolourations, gaps, crookedness or chipped corners of your front teeth. Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite materials.

Porcelain veneers are longer lasting and stain-resistant when compared to composite veneers, but may be costlier. Porcelain veneers, if well taken care of, can last well up to 20 years hence are an excellent investment if you want to achieve your dream smile.

Special dental veneers that do not require any tooth material to be trimmed down are also available. They are called as Lumineers or “no-prep veneers”

Unfortunately, dental veneers may not be covered under insurance schemes since they are a cosmetic procedure. However, many insurance providers do provide comprehensive dental packages which may include veneers. So make sure to check up with your insurance provider first before going in and deciding on the treatment.

Dental bonding or composite bonding utilizes a tooth-coloured material called composite that can be matched to the natural tooth shade. The procedure involves manipulating and building up the composite material to form the required tooth contours. After which, the material is set in place and hardened using UV light. Veneers on the other hand are thin layers of either composite or porcelain material that is attached to the front of your teeth using a special adhesive. Both treatment procedures come under cosmetic dentistry and have their own pros and cons. For front tooth defects, veneers are a better option if you have the means to pay for it.

A good thing is that we can match dental veneers to natural teeth in terms of their shape, size, length or colour. So it’s not necessary for you to get veneers on all your teeth. You can get veneers on two, four, six or eight teeth – whatever you wish. However, your dentist may recommend getting veneers for the entire front row of 4 or 8 teeth. It’s best to get a consultation first.

Your teeth need to be carefully evaluated before you can be cleared for dental veneers. Candidates for dental veneers need to have sufficiently healthy teeth without any gum disease or decay, and sufficient amounts of enamel present (the outermost layer of your teeth). People with teeth clenching or teeth grinding habits (bruxism) are not advised to get veneers.

Also, keep in mind that dental veneers can only correct slight problems in the alignment of your front teeth. If your teeth are severely misaligned, you may have to undergo an orthodontic treatment first.

How much are Dental Veneers?

At Susan Crean Denal & Facial Aesthetics we offer a wide selection of dental treatments provided by some of the best dental staff in Tralee, each treatment designed to meet the individual needs of our patients. Working with your dentist to meet your dental health goals, you’ll find that there is always something to smile about. Our prices are competitive and our services top notch. Review our competitive price chart below. Book your appointment online. You can call our Tralee clinic at 0667117577.
You only get one set of teeth, Ensure a healthy mouth with healthy teeth and gums. Routine check-up appointments and professional cleanings with your dentist will help to keep small concerns from escalating into more serious dental problems.

Price List : General Dental Treatments

Check-up with x-ray : €70
Check-up without x-ray : €40
check-up (child <16years) : €30
Additional x-rays : €15 ea
OPG x-rays : €65 ea
PRSI - Scale & Polish & Cancer Screening : €15 (one per year)
Emergency Consultation (inc x-ray & prescription) : €65
Emergency Endodontic Treatment : €65

Price List : Cosmetic

Dental Crown (Porcelain) : €850-€950
Dental Crown (Metal/Porcelain) : €850
Glass Fibre/Metal Post : €200-€250
Core Build Up (Prior to Crown) : €100
Dental Veneer (Porcelain) : €795
Inlay / Onlay : €700
Dental Bridge : €795 per unit
Tooth Whitening (Bleaching Kit) : €250
Tooth Whitening (Bleaching Gels) : €25 ea

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