Veneers are porcelain, ceramic or composite facings which cover the front of a tooth.They are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.
Indications for treatment with dental veneers:
- Crooked teeth - For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile;
- Stained teeth – that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers, which function to cover any existing stains on your teeth;
- Damaged teeth - teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or by carbonated drinks, as well as those that have been chipped or broken. A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colour as you natural teeth;
- Gaps - spaces between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers, giving you a more uniform- looking smile.
Lumineers are a special type of ultra-thin veneers. Just like traditional veneers, Lumineers can reshape your smile and give you that perfect smile makeover. The main difference is that Lumineers are made from a special patented porcelain that is very strong but much thinner than traditional laboratory-fabricated veneers. Their thickness is comparable to contact lenses, and so they are often called contact lenses for your teeth. The main advantage of these ultra-thin veneers is that minimal tooth preparation is required. Lumineers are so versatile that they can be placed over existing crown and bridge work, without the need to replace them.
Inlays are constructed in a similar way to veneers, but are used on back teeth instead of large fillings, where superior strength and appearance are sought. Porcelain inlays are bonded to the tooth so that less drilling is required for a really strong restoration.
Bridges close gaps and usually require one or more teeth to be shaped, sometimes like a crown. Dental bridges are false teeth, which are anchored onto neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth. The false tooth is fused in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth, thereby bridging them together.
Dentures are removable teeth and can replace missing teeth where bridges are not possible. They are useful as a temporary replacement when dental extractions have taken place. Modern-day dentures can look very realistic and natural and feel comfortable. Complete dentures rely on suction or fixatives to stay in and replace all the teeth in the top or bottom jaw. If you have trouble keeping them in, then dental implants can be quickly placed to keep them retained on a press-stud. Partial dentures replace missing teeth and rely on other teeth for retention.