Veneers or laminates are wafer thin shells made of tooth coloured material, which are bonded onto the front side of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.

When will the Leeds dentist recommend a veneer for you?
The Leeds dentist will recommend a veneer for you when the cosmetic appearance of your teeth is affected by one or more of the following

  • Significant spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unattractive, stained or washed out fillings
  • Permanently stained or discoloured teeth
  • Ditorted or crooked teeth
  • Dark yellow or stained teeth

What are the types of veneers offered by the Leeds dentists?
There are many types of veneers and your Leeds dentist will advise on the best type suited for you.  The veneers offered by Leeds dentists include

  1. Porcelain or ceramic veneers – These are made of very thin porcelain material and have the following features
    1. Most popular among veneers as they are stronger and more durable than composite veneers
    2. They offer a natural translucent tooth-like appearance
    3. Porcelain veneers require two to three appointments for completion, since the final veneer needs to be prepared in a dental laboratory
  2. Resin-based composite veneers – These veneers involve the simple application of a bond and enamel directly onto your tooth’s surface, and the procedure is done in a single visit to the dentist.
  3. Lumineer Porcelain Veneers – These are a new type of porcelain veneers made of cerinate porcelain, requiring no or very less tooth reduction as they are contact lens-thin (merely 0.2 mm thick). Since most cases require no tooth reduction, use of anaesthesia or numbing medications can be done away with.
  4. Da Vinci veneers – Extremely thin shells of ceramic material which can be bonded onto the teeth without any tooth reduction and hence no anaesthesia.  These have high durability, with excellent resistance to permanent staining from coffee, tea, cigarette smoking etc.  Da Vinci veneers form a strong bond with your teeth and offer a highly natural and aesthetic look for your teeth.
  5. Cerec Veneers(Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) – Cerec Veneers are ceramic veneers that can be fabricated and applied on to the teeth during a single visit with the dentist unlike traditional veneers, which require 2-3 visits. This is facilitated by the use of Cerec software that converts the impression taken by the 3D imaging technology into data which is a transferred to a milling machine that cuts out the veneer out of a solid ceramic or composite block.

What happens during the initial consultation with your Leeds dentist?

  • The Leeds dentist will have a thorough discussion with you regarding your expectations from the procedure.
  • Your Leeds dentist will then explain the options regarding the type of veneers, procedure, risks, anaesthesia, limitations of the procedure and the cost
  • Your dental and medical history is obtained
  • Next, X-rays of the teeth are taken
  • The Leeds dentist will then conduct  a thorough oral examination during which any signs of decay, misalignment, malocclusion and previous dental work are also noted
  • Photographs are taken to compare with the end result of the procedure.

How does the Leeds dentist prepare you for the procedure?

  • The Leeds dentist will first give you an antimicrobial mouth rinse, anti-inflammatory medication and/or antibiotics before the surgery.
  • In cases where the teeth are severely discoloured, the Leeds dentist may suggest you to undergo teeth whitening before the veneers are applied, so that deep dark stains will not show through the thin porcelain shell
  • You must inform the dentist if you have any particular medical conditions like high blood pressure or issues with epinephrine used in local anaesthetics

How does the Leeds dentist apply porcelain or ceramic veneers onto your teeth?
The veneers procedure generally requires two appointments for the final completion but one time sitting using the Cerec technology are being more and more common today.  Most of the dentists in Leeds offer you both options.  Both have been explained below

  1. Veneers procedure through two sittings

At the first appointment

  • The Leeds dentist will numb your teeth requiring veneers with a local anaesthetic
  • The Leeds dentist will  then contour the teeth by trimming away 0.5 to 0.7 mm of the outer enamel
  • Impressions are taken of the trimmed teeth are taken by the Leeds dentist to create veneers
  • The Leeds dentist will then apply temporary veneers onto your teeth

Second appointment, usually 1-2 weeks later

  • The temporary veneers are removed and the custom made veneers, which have been prepared based on the impressions taken during the first sitting, are fitted in by the Leeds dentist
  • The Leeds dentist tests the veneers for their size and fitting, and to check if any necessary modifications are required
  • Finally, the Leeds dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly and bonds the veneer to the teeth using composite resin cement
  1. Cerec procedure
  • The Leeds dentist will prepare the teeth requiring veneers by reshaping them
  • The Leeds dentist will next coat the teeth with a white powder, which helps it to be imaged by a 3D imaging camera
  • The photograph is uploaded to the CEREC computer and using the proprietary CEREC software in various modes, a veneer is designed to restore the tooth to its appropriate form and function
  • The data on the veneer model for your teeth is stored in a file and transmitted to a milling machine.
  • The milling machine carves out the veneer out of a solid ceramic or composite block based on the data forwarded and processed by the computer
  • Your veneer is ready in four to twenty minutes depending on the type and complexity of the veneer required as well as the performance of the milling machine.
  • The Leeds dentist will then bond the completed veneer onto your teeth using resin

How does the Leeds dentist apply composite veneers onto your teeth?

  • The Leeds dentist prepares your teeth and the composite material is directly bonded onto the teeth
  • The composite material is then sculpted by the Leeds dentist, using a colour that matches your  other teeth
  • A special light is then used to harden the composite
  • The Leeds dentist finally smoothens the veneer and polishes it to give a natural look

Will there be any side effects following the placement of veneers and laminates?

  • Sensitivity – You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods which will gradually dissipate in one-two weeks.
  • Difficulty speaking – Until you get used to them, you may also occasionally have difficulty speaking and eating,  immediately after having veneers placed

Life after getting your veneers

  • Return to normal life – You may return to work, school or the normal routine immediately after treatment
  • Life style changes and routines –
    • Brush and floss regularly
    • Avoid biting down into hard substances to protect the veneers from chipping
    • Avoid bad habits like chewing on fingernails, pencils, or paperclips and clenching or grinding the teeth.
  • Follow up – Return for a follow up exactly after a week for a treatment evaluation by the Leeds dentist
  • Pain management – Contact the Leeds dentist if the teeth remain sensitive for more than two weeks and  if there is pain that cannot be controlled by medication
  • Life expectancy of your veneers – Veneers can last from eight to fifteen years with proper care and regular maintenance visits to the Leeds dentist

Veneers Lumineers Leeds

Dental veneers offered by your Leeds cosmetic dentist will be of the highest quality to give you a perfect smile. Some Leeds dental practices offer high quality DaVinci veneers from California USA as seen on TV’s extreme makeover show. They are fabricated in a Da Vinci approved dental  laboratory.

Your Leeds dentist may offer lumineers veneers which are veneers that are made from a patented Cerinate ceramic material which are as thin as a contact lens! Much thinner than standard veneers. The advantage of lumineers is that very little preparation or grinding of your existing teeth is required, making the procedure quicker and less invasive than traditional veneers.