Dental veneers

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Dental, Porcelain Veneers Hale, Hulme, Manchester, Partington, Stretford,Trafford, UrmstonA Dental Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or tooth coloured material that is applied to the front, visible surface of a tooth to improve the colour, shape or form of a tooth.

The dentists in our practice have received training in the art of porcelain laminate veneer and direct veneer processes. Some of these techniques are deemed cosmetic and will only be offered independent of the NHS unless specific criteria are met.

Our cosmetic veneers are outsourced to highly skilled laboratory technicians who paint layers and effects so that nature can be mimicked closely. For more information contact our dental team.

Veneer process and procedures

Any dental restoration can only be prescribed following a diagnostic consultation which may involve a series of meetings between the clinician and patient that end in an agreement as to what the desired outcome would be and whether it is achievable.

As part of this process a wax reconstruction of the outcome may be prescribed and the use of digital computer aids and photos may also be used.

The construction of a veneer may involve the following:

  1. Direct veneer – this is done at the chairside by the dentist using tooth coloured materials
  2. Indirect veneer – this involves a collaboration between a dentist and technician using an impression. The material used to make this type of veneer may either be tooth coloured composite or a ceramic.

Veneers are glued / bonded to the surface of teeth by using the enamel outer coating of a tooth. A small amount of tooth preparation may be needed. If teeth are too damaged for veneers and lack enamel then alternatives will be discussed by your dentist.

Veneers involving crooked teeth may involve excessive tooth preparation to correct the crowding. It may be recommended to have orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth before or as an alternative.

The procedure for veneers may require tooth whitening to lighten the teeth around and if the tooth is discoloured the whitening the tooth can help before treatment.

For before and after photos please see below.

How much do veneers cost?

The costs may vary according to the number and complexity of veneers required and therefore a sound understanding of each patient’s needs would be determined in a consultation. For our fees please consult our price guide.

What are the risks?

Any dental treatment will present a risk and indeed will require replacement at some stage in the future. This will be affected by how each patient cares for their teeth and maintenance  / attendance for routine dental and hygiene appointments.

With ageing of the ceramic a porcelain will start to dull and may lose lustre. If this becomes an issue then a replacement would be required (usually around 10 years from placement).

Misuse or damaging habits (tooth grinding, trauma etc.) will indeed result in damage to the veneer which can chip or break under these circumstances. Repairs are possible but it may be necessary to replace the entire veneer should this occur. Poor oral health may result in decay or gum disease and recession which may also reduce the lifespan of your veneer.

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