What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) bonded to the front of your teeth. They are a minimally invasive method of improving the appearance of your teeth.

Using these porcelain shells you can mask the colour, shape, length, and even to an extent the position of the teeth you are unhappy with. Your perfect smile can be created with dental veneers - whether you have gaps, overcrowded, deep stained or misshapen teeth dental veneers can be an excellent and conservative way of correcting your smile.

What are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers can be very cost effective as they don't require months of adjustment appointments as is often the case with wearing braces.

Dental veneers are a very conservative treatment. Using Digital Smile Design and 3-D printing technology we are able to place veneers on patients sometimes without even using a drill. We normally only take the absolute minimum amount of tooth structure away as this improves the bond strength of the veneer.

The veneer process takes just 2-3 visits and can be completed in about 2 weeks or less. This is a much shorter time frame than some other dental treatments like orthodontics which could take up to 2 years.

Dental Veneers can physically change the shape and colour of your teeth. This is important because of the fact that even though you may be able to change the position of overcrowded or spaced out teeth with orthodontics you still won’t be able to change the actual shape or colour of your teeth. Very often we have found that you will require dental veneers after the orthodontic treatment anyway as most of our patients also require us to change the actual tooth shape and brighten the colour of their teeth. This is possible with dental veneers.

Because they cover the full frontal surface of the tooth dental veneers often help to relieve sensitivity which many patients suffer with. Many of our patients tell us that since having dental veneers their teeth are no longer sensitive to cold or hot.

Dental Veneers Before and After (Click on images to enlarge)


How long do Dental Veneers Last?

Dental veneers (especially porcelain ones) are very strong. Studies show a 95% success rate of porcelain dental veneers over a 15 year period.

What does the Procedure Involve?

The first thing we would do is a Digital Smile Design. You can learn more about that process HERE.

Using a rubber stent we fill it with a special resin and place it over your teeth. We would have given you some local anaesthetic to numb the teeth. We then drill through the new template so as to keep the amount of tooth preparation to the absolute minimum. We therefore try to be as conservative as possible and always try to mimic nature in everything we do. The teeth preparations are then polished clean and are then scanned with a 3D dental scanner. The same rubber stent is then used again to create temporary veneers which you will wear for about a week while the final veneers are made in our on-site laboratory. This gives you an opportunity to try out your new teeth before the final fit.

After about a week the temporary veneers are removed and the underlying teeth are cleaned thoroughly. You would have been given some local anaesthetic so the teeth would be numb at this stage. The new veneers are tried in and held in place with a temporary cement. You are shown your new veneers in the mirror. At this stage small changes can still be made and you will discuss these with your dentist as well as our on-site dental laboratory technician. Once you’re happy with the look of your veneers they will be permanently cemented onto your existing teeth. A final look in the mirror reveals a new person who can now smile, talk, laugh and post selfies on Instagram with complete confidence.

Are there different types of Dental Veneers?

There are 2 types of Dental Veneers – Porcelain Veneers and Composite (Resin Bonded) Veneers. Porcelain veneers (also known as indirect veneers) are made in the lab before they are cemented in the mouth. Resin bonded veneers (also known as direct veneers) are directly bonded onto the teeth using rubber templates which are designed and 3-D printed in the lab. Porcelain veneers are more expensive but have a longer lifespan. They do not pick up any stains and are more colour stable. Resin bonded veneers are cheaper however do not last as long as porcelain veneers and are prone to staining.

Who Else has Dental Veneers?

In recent years Dental Veneers have become very popular with celebrities like Cheryl Cole, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Cruise and Nicholas Cage (to name but a few) all opting for the ease and great results achieved by veneers. We at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic have placed more than 6500 dental veneers all with excellent results.

Click on the heading's below to find out more about dental veneers:

Types of Dental Veneers 

The Cost of Dental Veneers 

How Dental Veneers Are Applied 

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Silver Oaks Dental Clinic is situated in Musgrave Park located on the Berea in Durban, just 10 minutes drive away from the Gateway Shopping centre in Umhlanga.

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