05 Dec Dental Veneers with Dr.Ryan from Vivid Dental Surgeons, Singapore
If you are looking for ways to achieve a naturally beautiful smile, perhaps dental veneers are just the right thing for you. For more information about getting Veneers in Singapore, visit Vivid Dental Surgeons.
Figure 1: Before and After Getting Dental Veneers (Smile, n.d.)
What are Dental Veneers?
A Dental Veneer is a thin layer of material that is bonded to the front surface of your teeth. It serves as a protection while enhancing your teeth’s cosmetic appeal.
Types and Dental Veneers Process
Composite and porcelain are the 2 main types of materials used to produce a veneer. Composite veneers can either be applied to your teeth directly or applied “indirectly”—bonded to your teeth after the veneers are custom made in a dental laboratory. Direct composite veneers take only a few hours for you to achieve a long-lasting beautiful smile.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers can only be applied “indirectly” after the custom made process.
For indirect composite and porcelain veneers, the dentist will first make impressions of your teeth by taking x-rays and using moulds. Patients will receive a set of temporary veneers while waiting for the actual custom made veneer to arrive which usually takes up to 3 weeks.
*In some cases, shaving of enamel needs to be done to ensure a natural finish for veneers
Benefits of Dental Veneers
- Tooth Restoration and Protection
Dental Veneers can help mend broken and chipped teeth, be meticulously fabricated to lengthen and shape irregularly shaped teeth and even fix small gaps between teeth that are not easily solved with other dental alignment treatments. Additionally, Dental Veneers can protect your natural teeth from further damage or decay. The coating effectively prevents food residue getting stuck on the front surface of the tooth which can allow for bacterial growth and infection.
- Natural-Looking Pearly White Teeth
Dental Veneers can fix anything from uneven colouring to severe discolouration of teeth (which in some cases cannot be fixed even with whitening). Particularly for porcelain veneers, the colour can be adjusted to make dull and dark teeth look brighter and whiter. Since these veneers are customized to suit each patient’s natural teeth colour and preferences, the final look is often very natural-looking.
- Long-lasting and Low Maintenance
Composite veneers are estimated to last 5-7 years while porcelain veneers are estimated to last 10-15 years on average. Also, the stain resistant nature of these materials allow for easy maintenance of your new smile.
- Safe & Painless
Dental Veneers are essentially non-toxic coatings over the teeth which do not hurt your gum. The process of getting them done as described above, is non-intrusive and painless. Shaving off enamel sounds painful but rest assured!! The enamel is made out of dead tissues with no nerve cells therefore, removing a thin layer of the enamel does not hurt. Even after the veneers are fitted, they do not cause pain or discomfort when engaging in normal activities like eating.
Other Things to Note Before Getting Veneers in Singapore
While the above benefits sound very convincing, some things you should also take note of include:
- Relatively Costly
The cost of dental veneers can be on the pricey side, ranging from $850 to $2500 on a case-by-case basis.
- Irreversible Process
You can’t “remove” dental veneers after the bonding is done and in some cases where shaving of enamel is needed, your teeth could become more sensitive to foods of extreme temperatures.
- Not Suitable for All
Dental Veneers are not suitable for people with poor oral health (such as those suffering from tooth decay and gum disease), or for those who do not have enough enamel on their teeth. Additionally, veneers are also not recommended to habitual tooth grinders as their habits can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
- Tooth Decay Not Impossible
Dental Veneers may not provide full coverage of the teeth and exposed surfaces can still experience decay which can spread even beneath the veneer layer.
We hope you learnt more about Veneers in Singapore…
Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate our patients on matters regarding oral hygiene and health. We hope that this article gave you clarity regarding the topic of getting Veneers in Singapore.
If you are still unsure about the procedure, be sure to voice out your concerns to your dentist. Only by exercising good communication will you be able to receive the most optimal treatment. Should you have any more questions regarding dental veneers or other oral health related matters, feel free to drop Dr Ryan a message here.
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Dr Ryan and the Vivid Dental Team wishes everyone a pleasant day ahead!