A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth either to restore it cosmetically or to protect a damaged one. Veneers are made from either composite or porcelain.
We use a tooth coloured resin (the same material we use for tooth coloured fillings) which we apply directly to the tooth to gain the desired result. We can do this in one appointment and there’s no need to send anything off to the dental laboratory and wait for it to return. The results can last for a number of years and look very natural, although this option will not be suitable for all patients. Composite veneers require polishing and maintenance at least every six months.
Porcelain veneers require a few appointments to fit, and are a more invasive solution to composites. An impression is taken and the veneers are manufactured in a local dental laboratory in Cork. They are then bonded to your tooth (or teeth) in the practice.
Whilst porcelain veneers are a more expensive option (due to their manufacture in the laboratory) than composite veneers however they do last up to a decade. It’s worth noting that they are not a suitable treatment for people who grind their teeth (bruxism).
If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile with veneers please speak to any of the dentists at Mount Oval Dental Practice about the most suitable treatment for you.