Dental Veneers in South Africa

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When should you consider Dental Veneers?

Getting dental veneers in South Africa offers a cosmetic fix to many dental concerns. Like most procedures, there are pros and cons to consider before making your final decision. First of all, what exactly are dental veneers? Well, they are little pieces of porcelain material that are attached to the front part of a tooth. Unlike dental crowns, they do not serve to add structure to a tooth but to merely improve the look of the tooth.

The Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers in South Africa

The main disadvantage to take into consideration when getting dental veneers would be the removal of tooth structure. This is a very minute amount – about 2mm – so that the veneer can be snugly fitted onto the tooth. For most patients, this is not a large concern but if removing some of the tooth structure bothers you, then another cosmetic solution would be a better option for you.

Another con of dental veneers would be the cost. Many factors go into the pricing, with location playing a part. Prices for dental veneers in South Africa – and Durban in particular – are much easier on the pockets than many other countries. Unfortunately, dental veneers are not covered by medical aid though, as they are considered purely cosmetic.

Healthy teeth are also essential for dental veneers. The teeth need to be able to support the veneers, so if your teeth are not strong and healthy, this is not the correct option for you.

The main advantage of getting dental veneers would be the time factor. The initial outlay will have the veneer fitted as soon as it is fabricated in a lab. Dental veneers fix problems such as a gaps between teeth or crooked ones. Usually, these types of concerns are addressed with orthodontic intervention which is both timely and costly. With dental veneers in South Africa, these problems can be solved much, much quicker.

There may be an initial outlay of payment when getting dental veneers in South Africa but if your concern is for teeth colour for instance, then you would be saving money in the long run. Veneers do not stain, so the colour you get them at, will be the colour which will remain as long as you have them. Getting your veneers in South Africa will also be the cheaper alternative to fixing slightly uneven teeth than going through braces which are costly, timely and expensive.

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The Fitment of Dental Veneers

The fitment of dental veneers is done over 2 dentist visits. The first would be to assess and prepare the tooth for the veneer. The second would be done once the veneer has been made in a dental laboratory and is ready for being placed onto the tooth. It is more cost effective to have dental veneers done in South Africa compared to many other countries, and Durban is particularly well known for well priced dental veneers done by professional, experienced dentists such as the team at Family Dental Care. There is no down time needed once you get fitted for your veneer and once they have been bonded onto your teeth, which means you have the rest of the time to explore, relax and enjoy a holiday.

Your first trip to the dentist to fit dental veneers would be for the inspection. The dentist needs to be sure that the teeth will be able to receive the veneer. Underlying gum disease and tooth infections will make for disastrous consequences down the road. If the dentist is happy with the state of the teeth then they will go ahead and start the process which involves local anaesthesia. This is so no pain will be felt when the tiny bit of front portion of the tooth needs to be removed. Once done, it is time for an impression to be taken. This mould will provide exact dimensions for the laboratory to be able to fabricate a perfect fitting veneer. You will have a chance to discuss your dental concerns with the dentist on what outcome you are looking for with regards to the final look. This is based on the colour, shape and size of the veneer. We use 3D imaging allowing you to have first-hand knowledge on how the veneer will appear once it has been inserted.

The second trip happens a few days after the first visit to Family Dental Care. Here, the veneer will be placed onto the tooth. It is hardened into place via a bonding agent and curing light. It will feel a bit funny at first, but you will slowly become used to it.

Veneers will generally have a good lifespan. Obviously, they can loosen if bad oral habits are practiced such as the teeth clenching or constant chewing on hard food, both of which should be avoided. Aftercare of the veneer is simply good oral hygiene – no extra long term care is needed. Just floss, brush and visit your dentist regularly!

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