What are veneers?
Veneers/laminates are wafer thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance by whitening the teeth, closing the spaces to create a great smile.

When are veneers/laminates necessary?
Veneers/laminates are done when the following affect the cosmetic appearance of the teeth.
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
  • Permanently stained or discoloured teeth
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • Dark yellow or stained teeth

Who are the ideal candidates for veneers?

  • Candidates who wish to improve their external appearance
  • Candidates who are physically healthy, psychologically healthy and have realistic expectations from the procedure

What are the risks and complications associated with the procedure?

  • Infection
  • Reaction to anaesthetic
  • Bleeding

What are the pre-treatment procedures?

  • During the initial consultation, a thorough discussion on the expectations of the patient is understood
  • The dental history, complete medical history and x rays are taken
  • A thorough oral examination and medical consultation is done by the dental team consisting
  • Photographs are taken for further comparison after procedure.
  • The teeth and bite will be carefully examined for signs of decay, misalignment, malocclusion and previous dental work.
  • The dentist discusses and advises on options of treatment, type of facilities, risks, anaesthesia, limitations and cost with the patient.
  • The patient may be given an antimicrobial mouth rinse, anti-inflammatory medication and/or antibiotics before the surgery.
  • If the natural teeth are discoloured, the patient may consider whitening the teeth before veneers/laminates are applied, since extremely deep dark stains could potentially show through the thin porcelain shell
    • The patient must inform the dentist if he/she has high blood pressure or knows that they have problems with epinephrine in local anaesthetics.
  • The patient must arrange for transportation and assistance to leave for home after the surgery.

How is the procedure done?
Veneers/laminates require two appointments to complete the procedure, the time span between the appointments being 1-2 weeks

First appointment 

  •  The teeth is numbed with a local anaesthetic
  • The teeth is contoured by trimming away 0.5 to 0.7 mm of the outer enamel
  • Impressions are taken of the trimmed teeth to create veneers/laminates
  •  Temporary veneers/laminates may be applied to the teeth

Second appointment

  •  The custom made veneers/laminates are fitted in and tested to make any necessary modifications
  • The teeth are then thoroughly cleaned and the veneer is bonded to the teeth using composite resin cement

What are the post treatment symptoms and procedures?

  • Some sensitivity to hot and cold may be experienced after the placement of the veneers/laminates which usually dissipates after one-two weeks.
  •  Patients may occasionally have difficulty speaking and eating immediately after having veneers/laminates placed until they get used to them.
  • The patient must contact the dentist if the teeth remain sensitive for more than two weeks and  if there is pain that cannot be controlled by medication

What are the recuperative guidelines to be followed?

  • The patient may return to work, school or the normal routine immediately after treatment
  • The patient should brush regularly, and floss regularly
  • The patient must avoid biting down into hard substances to protect the veneers/laminates from chipping. The patient must avoid bad habits like chewing on fingernails, pencils, or paperclips and clenching or grinding the teeth.
  • The patient must return for a follow up exactly after a week for a treatment evaluation by the dentist
  • Veneers/laminates can last from eight to fifteen years with proper care and regular maintenance visits to the dentist


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