A ceramic veneer (also called Laminate Veneers) is a dental cosmetic treatment which corrects the alignement of one or several teeth and the spaces between them. The price of a ceramic veneer is particularly attractive abroad.
Direct laminate veneers are a slightly more conservative, and less invasive alternative to more traditional porcelain or ceramic veneers. The main difference between traditional veneers and direct laminate veneers are the way in which the veneers are applied.
If you opt for traditional, ceramic or porcelain veneers, then the surface of your teeth will be buffed, removing up to half a millimetre of your teeth, before a mould of your teeth is made. This mould is then sent to a laboratory so that individual veneers for each of your teeth can be sculpted. The veneers are then carefully bonded onto your teeth.
By comparison, when applying direct laminate veneers, the surface of your teeth will be etched (rather than buffed away), and then an adhesive coating applied. Layers of tooth coloured plastic are then applied to recreate your teeth's entire front surface. An intense light is applied during the layering to cure and harden the plastic, which is then contoured and polished to create a natural looking tooth.
Advantages of Direct Laminate Veneers
1 Generally speaking, direct laminate veneers do not require the removal of your teeth's surface (traditional ceramic veneers may do).
2 As they don't require moulds, impressions or laboratory manufacturing, direct laminate veneers usually have a less expensive cost than their porcelain counterparts.
3 They can usually be removed without damaging the surface of the tooth underneath. As such, if you're not happy with your veneers, further treatment can be undertaken – a really great advantage. Repairs are relatively quick and easy
4 Provided that they receive the proper dental care, direct laminate veneers can last for quite some time minimum of 5 years.
5 Approximately a third of the cost
Process for Direct Laminate Dental Veneers?
The direct laminate veneer procedure is relatively straightforward, usually requiring little or no anaesthesia at all.
You will need at least two appointments at Smit Dental Clinic before the entire procedure is complete. These appointments will usually involve diagnosis and treatment planning, before the treatment itself:
Diagnosis and treatment planning: here at Smit Dental Clinic, we encourage all of our patients to take an active role in the design of their smile. We work with you to ensure you are fully aware of any limitations of the dental veneer procedure, and what outcome you can expect. If you're not entirely comfortable after the first consultation, we're more than happy to arrange a second and do a Digital Smile Design mock-up to show you what they may look like.
Treatment: preparing your teeth for the application of your veneers is a vital component of the procedure. To begin with, we will lightly etch your teeth. In extreme cases, we may need to buff your teeth to allow for the added thickness that the veneers will bring to your teeth. This part of the procedure is the only time during which an anaesthetic might be required. Once this is complete, we add plastic to the surface of your teeth to create a naturally contoured layer. This plastic is hardened using an intense light. Once the plastic is hard, we shape and polish it to create completely natural-looking teeth.