Discoloured or stained teeth can be a source of insecurity for many people. It can occur due to consuming dark-coloured foods and drinks, tobacco use, or certain medications. Teeth whitening treatments may not always be effective in restoring the teeth's natural colour, especially if the stains are deep-rooted.
Dental veneers provide a more permanent solution to discoloured teeth, as they are made from stain-resistant materials. They can give you a brighter and more vibrant smile for years.
Gaps Between Teeth
Gaps between teeth, or diastema, can occur due to genetics or habits like thumb-sucking. While some people may embrace their unique smile, others may feel self-conscious. Dental veneers can close these gaps and give you a more even-looking smile.
Misshapen Teeth/Slightly Misaligned Teeth
Dental veneers can also be used to alter the shape or alignment of teeth that are slightly misshapen or misaligned. It may include teeth that are too small, too pointed or have minor imperfections.
Dental veneers are customised to fit each tooth perfectly and can be designed to give you the desired shape and symmetry, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Types of Veneers
There are different types of dental veneers, each with its advantages and limitations. The following are some of the most common types of dental veneers:
Porcelain veneers are the most popular veneer type. They are renowned for their natural appearance, closely mimicking the translucency and shine of real teeth. This aesthetic appeal makes them an excellent choice for enhancing their smile.
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and less likely to discolour over time, making them a great long-term solution for a bright, white smile. Moreover, porcelain veneers are robust and durable, often lasting for years with proper care.
The application process for porcelain veneers involves a few key steps. Initially, the dentist will prepare your tooth by removing a small amount of enamel from its surface to accommodate the veneer. Tooth impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory, where your customised porcelain veneer will be created. Once ready, the veneer will have adhered to your tooth using a special bonding cement, providing a natural, enhanced look.
Composite veneers are typically less costly than their porcelain counterparts, making them a more accessible option for many. In addition to being cost-effective, the application process for composite veneers is straightforward and can often be completed in a single dental visit. This convenience is a significant factor for those with busy schedules or those who desire immediate results.
The procedure for applying a composite veneer begins with tooth preparation, often involving minimal alteration or no tooth structure removal. The dentist immediately applies the composite material, sculpting it into the desired shape. After applying the composite, it is cured with a special light to harden the material. Finally, the dentist will polish the veneer to achieve a natural, bright lustre.
No-prep veneers, also known as minimal prep or low-prep veneers, are a more conservative alternative to traditional porcelain and composite veneers. They require little to no tooth surface preparation before application.
No-prep veneers are reversible. Since little to no enamel is removed from the tooth surface, the process is non-invasive and does not require permanent alteration of your teeth.
This feature makes it an attractive option for those hesitant to commit to more permanent veneers.
No-prep veneers may not be suitable for everyone. They are thinner and more delicate than other veneers, so they may not be as durable and require more frequent replacement.
Which type of veneer is best?
When choosing the best type of veneer, several factors should be considered, including the individual's budget, dental health, and aesthetic goals. The choice of veneer type depends on the individual's priorities, such as the desired appearance, durability, and budget.
Porcelain and ceramic veneers offer a natural appearance and durability but are more expensive.
Composite veneers are the least expensive but are less durable and may not provide as natural an appearance.
A consultation with a cosmetic dentist occurs to assess the patient's suitability for veneers. The dentist will discuss the goals and expectations and the various steps involved in the veneer process.
After the initial consultation, the teeth are prepared for the veneers. It involves removing some enamel from the teeth to create space for the veneers.
A 3D digital scan or a putty impression creates a mould of the teeth to fabricate the veneers. The patient's comfort is prioritised during this process, and a sedative may be provided to help them relax.
Once the permanent dental veneers are ready, they are placed on the teeth to evaluate their fit and appearance. The veneers are then bonded to the teeth using a specialised, long-lasting aesthetic cement to ensure durability and a natural look.
A special light beam activates the bonding cement, securing the dental veneers.
After the veneers are bonded, adjustments will be made to ensure the patient's comfort and satisfaction. The patient's natural teeth remain a foundation for the veneers, and good oral care is emphasised post-procedure.
How much do dental veneers cost in Singapore?
Dental veneer costs in Singapore may vary based on the dental clinic, materials used, and additional procedures required. Factors influencing the overall expense include the type of veneer, the number of teeth being treated, and any additional preparatory or complementary procedures.
Dental veneers are not Medisave-claimable in Singapore, as they are considered to be a cosmetic procedure and not eligible for Medisave payment schemes. However, there are flexible payment plans and instalment options available.
Casa Dental offers in-house instalments and 0% interest accredited bank instalments.
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Aftercare and Maintenance
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth twice and floss once daily to keep your dental veneers in good condition. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid toothpaste with harsh abrasives. Electric or traditional toothbrushes are both effective.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Foods and drinks that can stain dental veneers include coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-coloured fruits and vegetables. If you do so, brush your teeth immediately afterwards.
Using a straw can also help prevent staining.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Avoid biting on hard foods and objects like candy, ice, or nuts to prevent damage to your dental veneers. Also, be careful when using your teeth to open packages.
Regular Dental Checkups
Regular dental checkups keep healthy teeth and gums and spot any early signs of wear and tear. Have a professional teeth cleaning and oral examination every six months.
Why Choose Casa Dental for Dental Veneers in Singapore?
At Casa Dental, we stand out from the crowd through our commitment to excellence and patient-centric care. Our expert team of dental professionals, armed with years of experience and in-depth knowledge in the field, provide high-quality, tailor-made dental veneer services.
We utilise state-of-the-art technology and innovative methods, ensuring precision and long-lasting results. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we strive to create a welcoming and soothing environment for our patients.
Choose Casa Dental, where we don't just treat teeth; we transform smiles with dental veneers.
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Are dental veneers permanent?
If my teeth are reshaped for veneers or crowns, what will they look like? Will they be sensitive?
Temporary dental veneers are made from a different material than permanent veneers, crafted from porcelain or composite materials. Temporary veneers may not look as natural as permanent veneers and can cause some tooth sensitivity due to the resin material. Permanent veneers are designed to blend more naturally into your smile and can be customised to match your other teeth.
Do porcelain veneers stain?
The frequency of scaling and polishing depends on your individual oral health needs. Generally, it is recommended to undergo these procedures every 6 months.
How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?
To ensure that your veneers match your other teeth, your dentist will take teeth impressions and use them to create customised veneers tailored to your specifications. It ensures that the veneers will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth structure.
Are veneers the same as crowns?
Veneers and crowns are not the same. Veneers are thin covers over the front of your teeth, addressing aesthetic problems like discolouration, tooth shape, and unevenness. On the other hand, dental crowns cover the entire tooth, providing strength and stability to a damaged tooth.
Can teeth rot under veneers?
Teeth can still be susceptible to decay and rot even under veneers. Maintain good oral hygiene, like regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, to prevent decay and maintain healthy teeth.
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