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Dental Veneers

 

What are dental veneers?

 

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain or resin usually attached to the front surface of your teeth.

 

This can alter the appearance of your original teeth by changing their shape, size, length, surface texture and/or colour.

 

The Elite Dental Group guarantee

 

We guarantee high quality work on every set of teeth that visits our clinic.

 

As a high quality, low volume clinic, we have the time to focus on delivering results our patients want. 

 

We work with the best to ensure that we do not compromise on quality, materials or the delivery of our treatment.

Veneers can address aesthetic issues

 

Veneers can help to rebuild teeth that are severely worn down, cracked or broken teeth.

 

 

Multiple dental veneers placed simultaneously in a “Smile Makeover” to transform  a person’s smile and confidence.

Discoloured teeth - Elite Dental Group
Gaps between teeth - Elite Dental Group
Chipped tooth - Elite Dental Group

Discoloured Teeth

 

Dental veneers can help patients who have severe or permanent teeth discolouration regain their confidence.

Teeth gaps

 

Dental veneers can resolve spacing issues that are usually resolved with Invisalign and braces. 

Chipped teeth 

 

Dental veneers can help create an aesthetically pleasant final result to hide your chipped teeth.

What are the different types of dental veneers?

 

There are two types of dental veneers available in Singapore. They are composite veneers and porcelain/ceramic veneers.

Composite dental veneers

 

Composite or plastic veneers are generally thinner. Due to the thinness, it might not be necessary to trim off the tooth. However, plastic tends to stain and wear off more easily.

Porcelain/Ceramic dental veneers

 

Porcelain or ceramic veneers are the preferred option because of their overall strength and stain resistance. Sufficient thickness (0.3 – 0.5mm) is needed to prevent chipping.

How are dental veneers done at Elite Dental Group?

 

Veneers are created with the utmost care at Elite Dental Group. 

Dr Jaclyn Toh consultation with patient - Elite Dental Group

Step 1: Consultation & planning

 

Before any dental treatment can proceed, it is extremely important to first consult us to assess if veneers are suitable for you.

 

The health and angulation of the supporting tooth/teeth need to be assessed.

 

Your bite patterns and habits are also important in determining the lifespan of the veneers.

 

Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a useful tool for deciding on the nuances of tooth proportions, shape, surface texture and overall tooth arrangement.

 

A virtual prototype of the DSD can be superimposed on to a digital photo of your smile for a trial run. This can be transferred to your mouth to evaluate how the proposed design will function in real life.

 

DSD ensures that you and the whole team (your dentist, ceramist and other specialists) are working off the same blueprint. The DSD and the prototype can be easily customised at this stage to suit your preferences.

 

The blueprint is your treatment roadmap, allowing us to identify the steps needed to reach the final result.

 

For complex cases, this may require a combination of minor orthodontics (tooth alignment), gum reshaping, bleaching and veneers. For simple cases, merely bleaching and then adding composite to the edges of your teeth (edge bonding) may be sufficient.

Step 2: Preparing your teeth 

 

The preparation begins by placing the veneer blueprint onto the surfaces of your teeth. The required material thickness is removed from the blueprint and the required margins are refined. With careful planning, minimal or even no enamel removal may be required.

 

 

If only edge bonding or a space closure is to be done with composite, then no trimming of the teeth may be needed. Your teeth are cleaned, sharp edges are smoothed and the tooth surface is chemically prepared to receive the porcelain or resin material.

 

 

Some patients choose to have this stage done with local anaesthetic since we will be working close to the gum line.

 

 

 A mould of the prepared teeth is made and transferred to the dental laboratory. Temporary plastic veneers are attached to the prepared teeth in the meantime.

Step 3: Fitting the Veneers

 

If you are receiving resin veneers, we make the veneer directly in your mouth. The resin is layered on to the tooth surface and the material is cured with a special light. Further adjustments and fine polishing are completed at a subsequent appointment.

 

 

Once your lab-made final veneers are ready, the temporary veneers are then removed. The colour, shape and fit of your new veneers will be checked against the prototype and blueprint. The new veneers are then carefully bonded to your teeth using a very strong dental adhesive.

Cost of dental veneers in Singapore

 

Veneer fees vary depending on the dental clinic, the case difficulty, the material used and the lab used.

Consultation

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Dental Lab Fee

SGD ($)530

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Case difficulty

 

Case difficulty determines how much time and skill will be required to perform the veneer treatment.

 

Patients with limited mouth opening, single-unit veneers, severely discoloured teeth are cases that are considered difficult.

 

 

Materials Used

 

Veneers can be made directly in the mouth from resin composite (a type of toughened plastic polymer) or made in the lab from porcelain on a plaster model of your teeth.

 

Direct veneers are very challenging to execute properly and often multiple layers of different shades of material are required.

 

Each layer must be applied perfectly with no  voids or surface contamination to ensure an excellent result.

 

Direct veneers can be a useful transitional treatment if lab-made porcelain veneers are too expensive, if a patient is young and the gum levels have not yet fully matured or to guide orthodontic (braces) bracket positioning.

 

 

Good dental lab

 

A good dental lab is an important part of making quality porcelain veneers. Dental technicians vary by skill and training. Good labs that do highly aesthetic veneers that fit well do not come cheap. The dental technician has to work closely with your dentist to deliver a high quality veneer according to the requirements of the case.

 

In general, porcelain veneers will look nicer for longer than direct resin veneers.

Dental Veneer FAQs

Am I suitable for dental veneers?

Dental veneers are suitable for you if you have: 

 

  • Discoloured teeth that have not been bleached successfully
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Uneven/misaligned/irregular/under-sized shaped teeth
  • Gaps in between teeth

Will my dental veneers match the colour of my teeth?

We work closely with our ceramists to match porcelain veneers to your own teeth.

 

Photographs and moulds of your teeth record fine anatomical details that will be reproduced in porcelain or resin.

 

If you are planning to bleach your teeth, this should be completed at least 2 weeks prior to having veneers done. Bleaching will need to be maintained once every 3 months after the veneers are completed to ensure your teeth continue to match the veneers.

 

For challenging cases (single teeth), multiple try-ins or remakes should be expected. It can be impossible to have an exact match but a believable result is what we should aim for.

Do you use Nano/6D/Diamond veneers?

At Elite Dental Group, we prioritise the safety and quality of our treatments. 

 

You may have seen ads on social media for “nano” veneers done by beauty therapists at a fraction of the cost.

 

The testimonials claim that the veneers do not harm your teeth and that the veneers can be easily removed by a dentist. This all seems too good to be true.

 

Unlike dentists, these therapists have no verifiable training. The equipment used in the clinics may not be properly sterilised or disinfected. 

 

In addition, the veneer materials used by them may not be HSA-certified. This means that they might not be safe for use in the mouth. 

 

You may be risking your health and irreversible damage to your teeth by undergoing treatment at a facility offering healthcare services that is NOT accredited by MOH.

Are dental veneers permanent?

How long will dental veneers last?

Porcelain veneers can last approximately 10-15 years.

 

Composite veneers last approximately 5-7 years. The composite needs regular repolishing (every 9-12 months) to maintain surface gloss and to remove stains. 

 

Veneers may fail due to material chipping/cracking/fracturing (from biting into hard foods) and debonding (due to decay).

 

For maximum longevity, retainers should be worn at night.

Do I need to shave my teeth down for dental veneers?

In order to give a natural and pleasing appearance, veneered teeth should not appear too thick from the front. 

 

For most patients, this means a small amount of enamel has to be removed from the tooth to accommodate the planned material thickness.

 

“No-prep” veneers are trendy but these can only work well in selected cases (where there are gaps between the teeth). If an unsuitable case is prepared for no-prep veneers, the teeth may look bulky and the margins will tend to stain since they cannot be finished properly.

 

If the underlying natural tooth shade is darkened, more material thickness is required to mask the discolouration. In such a case, veneers may not be the most suitable since veneers are very thin (0.3-0.5mm thick) and translucent.

Will dental veneers ruin my teeth?

Veneers can be destructive if used in the wrong case to fix a problem that should be addressed in another way.

 

A very common scenario is where veneers are used to correct misalignment of teeth. Veneers can be used to realign teeth with very mild asymmetry, wear or crowding. 

 

Severely crowded teeth may have issues with optimal tooth size, spacing, gum levels and bite pattern that will compromise the appearance and longevity of any veneers done.

 

Trying to realign severely crowded teeth with veneers usually means aggressive trimming of protruding teeth. These teeth may need elective root canal treatment done beforehand if the preparation will encroach into the pulp space and such weakened teeth may fracture more easily in the future, meaning that the chances of being able to redo the veneers is nil.

 

A big part of why veneers are technically challenging is that they have to not only look good, but also be biologically-functional. This means that the veneers should be easily cleaned by the patient and be able to function without chipping or breaking. Specialized knowledge, being able to select the right patient and careful planning is why only a licenced dentist is qualified to provide veneers that will not unnecessarily damage your teeth and gums.

Dental veneers vs. dental bonding

Are dental veneers Medisave-claimable?

Financing Dental Veneers

Interest-Free Instalment Plans DBS, POSB, OCBC, UOB
Buy Now Pay Later Atome, Hoolah, Pace
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Medisave Claimable No

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