They say a smile is the best accessory anyone can wear. A good smile can easily boost confidence – if maintained and taken care of well. This is why a lot of whitening treatments and dental-related cosmetic products are popular and rising in demand.
However, there are certain dental issues that can’t be solved by mere whitening treatments and basic dental procedures. Over time, however, we may encounter issues such as discolouration, chipped or broken teeth, crooked or cracked teeth, unwanted gaps between teeth, etc.
One popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that may solve an array, if not all, of these issues, is the installation of veneers. To know more about Veneers in Singapore, scroll through this post by Dental Designs.
Veneers are used to cosmetically alter the appearance due to several issues with one’s teeth. These natural-looking, wafer-thin shells of medical-grade ceramic are attached to the surfaces of our teeth.
2 kinds of Veneers
There are two kinds of materials when making veneers: porcelain and resin.
Also known as dental porcelain laminates are made of dental ceramic. They are really thin and custom-made. This type of veneers is more resistant to stains and discolouration and is actually preferred more by patients who smoke or drink a lot of coffee, tea and wine.
Keep in mind that getting porcelain veneers is quite expensive and permanent. These thin wafers are attached to the surface of our teeth with strong glue that will mimic a natural-looking smile.
This kind of veneer is made of resin and is less expensive compared to the porcelain ones. Aesthetics are usually not required for composite veneers since it is relatively cheaper. It can be sculpted and polished on your first visit. This one is a quicker solution for your teeth problems since you get it after a single appointment. However, it is less durable and is not as resistant to discolouration.
Consultation, Preparation, and Installation
Before you get your new smile, you are usually required to conduct three visits to your cosmetic dentist, specifically for consultation, preparation, and installation. During the first visit, the dentist will ask you questions regarding the kind of issues you want tackling during the treatment. Keep in mind that you should be honest and active in responding as this will help the dentist create veneers customized and tailored for your perfect fit.
During the preparation phase, your dentist will have to measure and get impressions of your teeth. Consider this the design phase, where your dentist will create dental designs of your perfect set of veneers.
Usually, on your third or last visit, the finished veneers will be permanently cemented to your teeth after cleaning and etching, creating that gorgeous smile. This is still subject to adjustments based on colour and fit.
Price and Longevity
The cost of having veneers made in Singapore range from $800 to $3,000 Singaporean dollars per tooth and is not usually covered by any type of medical insurance.
Despite the hefty price, the investment is justified by its longevity and effectiveness. This procedure is a huge commitment as the final product typically lasts around 7 to 15 years, depending on the level of maintenance and care. Fortunately, veneers are durable without needing special attention. The best way to maintain them is similar to treating real teeth: with good oral hygiene.
Is it Medisave claimable?
Veneers are considered non-surgical and a cosmetic procedure. Therefore it will not be accredited by Medisave.
Other things to know
- Good experience in getting veneers is highly dependent on the dental clinic and cosmetic dentist. It is even more so dependent on the customer to be candid and honest during the consultation period and in every stage of the process.
- Post-installation or cementing, patients may experience bonding sensitivity (due to the cement used for bonding) or sore gums.
- The healing period may also take a while if the patient is prone to experience pressure in their teeth due to eating hard to chew foods, uncontrollable teeth-grinding, and the like.
- Veneers are not usually advisable for those who have unhealthy gums and/or teeth. People who have tooth decay or gum disease may have more oral health problems if going through with getting veneers. There is also a risk of having weak bonding of the veneers if any of the aforementioned is present.
Veneers are a costly but highly-effective cosmetic dentistry treatment. It is a viable option for those who are looking to enhance their smiles in more ways than one. This highly preferred treatment is favoured for its longevity and the quality of its results. Customers are highly encouraged to have this treatment done for a beautiful smile. However, keep in mind that veneers or not, an optimal way to take care of our best accessory is through good oral hygiene.
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