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What are veneers?

Veneers (also known as laminates) are thin, custom made 'shells' permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. They are usually made of porcelain.

How is the veneers treatment done?

Your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your tooth. A mould is taken, and sent to a dental technician who makes the veneer. When the veneers is ready, your dentist uses a resin to bond it to your tooth. The treatment is quick, and requires little or no anaesthesia.

What are crowns?

Crowns for front teeth are natural looking porcelain caps, which fit over teeth that have been specially shaped by your dentist. They are usually made of porcelain, and may have a gold or metal core for added strength.

How are the crowns fitted?

Your dentist reduces the size of the existing filling and tooth to make room for the new crown, then takes a mould which is sent to a dental technician. While the technician makes your permanent crown, your dentist will fit a temporary crown to cover your tooth.

Once your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check the fit and appearance before cementing it in place.

Will eating be the same with dentures?

This information is to inform patients of the process and some of the problems that can be encountered with immediate dentures.

Why have Veneers?

Veneers can transform teeth that are broken, chipped, stained, or have large gaps between them, and some crooked teeth as well.

Veneers improve the colour and shape of your teeth, and give a spectacular lift to your smile. Your teeth don't lose any of their strength, and you'll be able to bite and chew normally. Veneers are also highly resistant to staining.

Are all front teeth suitable for Veneers?

No. Veneers are very thin, so they are not as effective on heavily filled, blackened, or root-filled teeth. In these cases, crowns are more suitable.

Why have front teeth crowned?

Teeth with large fillings (and/or root fillings) are weakened, and can break when you bite. A crown can make these teeth stronger, and protect them against further damage. Crowns are also the best choice for teeth which are very misshapen or darkly stained.

What are immediate dentures?

The term immediate denture is applied to any denture that is planned and constructed with the intention of placed it in your mouth immediately upon the removal of teeth. They have the advantage that you do not have a waiting period with no teeth present. This can deal with possible embarrassing appearance problems, but a rigid timetable of follow-up treatment is required for the most successful outcome.

How to whiten the colour of your teeth?

A number of tooth-whitening options are available. Your dentist can provide more effective tooth-whitening treatments than the 'do-it-yourself' kits available at pharmacies.

You may need to whiten your teeth before veneers or crowns are placed so they can be matched to the 'new' colour of your teeth.