Aesthetic and biologically long-lasting restorations are only possible when the precious capital of the natural tooth structure is preserved. For this reason, veneers are designed to provide minimally invasive restorations to emulate the natural smile.
What are veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured material (ceramic or composite resin bonding material). They are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance or to the back surfaces to re-establish the correct biting form; creating a ‘contact lens’ special effect.
“One step closer to nature.”
Veneers are used for several reasons:
- improve the colour, shape and position of teeth
- close gaps between teeth
- mask stains
- restore partially broken-down teeth
- smile makeover
- to correct the bite.
The properties of the material mean that a very natural lifelike restoration can be created which absorbs the underlying tooth colour for a final result that can be imperceptible from a real tooth. The lamination effect of bonding the ceramic material to the tooth structure provides strength to allow for function and durability. The tooth becomes the underlying support structure, and the veneer results in a beautiful, life-like restoration.
Are veneers right for you?
Veneers can completely transform a person’s smile in a minimally invasive way, to give the illusion of a natural smile. They can be provided in a conservative manner, which require less preparation (compared to crowns); however, patients should be that this is usually an irreversible process because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
There are only a number of dental conditions that can be successfully resolved using veneers. In some cases alternative treatment options may be better suited, when Akit can exchange aesthetic knowledge and ideas with you in order to achieve the best result whilst maintaining the health and integrity of your teeth.
“Achieving a beautiful and healthy smile by imitating natural optical properties using the finest ceramic and composite resin materials.”
How are veneers made?
Preparation – The suitability for crowns is assessed and any preparatory work is carried out. Tooth preparation is minimal and confined to the enamel structure (under local anaesthesia +- conscious sedation) followed by making a mould of the prepared tooth. The shaping of the tooth is required to create a platform for the veneer to be fitted. A temporary veneer is made and fitted onto the prepared tooth. Akit will advise on material choices, treatment sequence and any other concerns you may have.
Manufacturing – The crowns are custom made in the laboratory either by master technicians and/or pressing techniques using extreme precision to create an outstanding, functional, aesthetic and hygienic restoration. A precise shade of porcelain or composite resin will be chosen to give the right colour and optical properties.
Fit – The temporary veneer is removed and the tooth surfaces cleaned. The completed veneer is tried and checked for its fit, harmonisation with the bite, and its appearance. Finally, the veneer is bonded to the tooth structure with tooth-coloured resin cement.
Maintenance – They do not require any more special attention than natural teeth. Veneers are made of inert materials that do not deteriorate over time. However, these are artificial surfaces which can wear and the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease. Optimum hygiene is essential for maintaining good oral health and increases the life span of the complete restoration and therefore you may have to visit the hygienist regularly for cleaning maintenance.
Absolutely critical to the aesthetic success of the veneers is the skill of the ceramist involved in their production and the selection by the prosthodontist of the correct materials.
If you would like to see clinical cases of veneers, please view the gallery.