Dental Veneers – Your Questions Answered

There are a whole host of manufacturers and brands involved in the dental veneers industry. Here, we explain some of the different types of dental veneers on the market, and answers a few frequently asked questions.

How long do dental veneers last?

There is a difference in the lifespan of porcelain veneers compared with that of composite veneers. Porcelain veneers will typically last between five and 10 years while composite veneers last a year or two at most. Regardless of what kind of veneer you get fitted, they will eventually need to be replaced. Although veneers are strongly cemented into place, there have been cases where they have come loose and fall off. If such a situation arises, it is important that you keep hold of your veneer and contact your dentist immediately. If you follow a good oral hygiene program and visit your dentist for check-ups on a regular basis, your veneers will naturally last much longer.

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Is it possible to have veneers fitted on the same day?

Usually porcelain veneers are fitted over a minimum of two visits. A few cosmetic dentists have invested in CAM/CAD or in-house ceramic studios (CEREC) which can custom produce high-quality ceramic veneers on site in as little as six minutes. With this CEREC technology dental practices are able to offer single visit, same day ceramic veneers that can be fitted within an hour.

What about Lumineers? What are they?

Lumineers are similar to standard porcelain veneers but are fabricated (made) from a patented cerinate porcelain that is extremely thin. They are about the thickness of a contact lens but are very strong. With lumineers, the tooth surface does not need to be trimmed so the procedure is quicker and totally painless. There is another veneer system in the market known as Durathin veneers.

What are Da Vinci veneers?

Da Vinci veneers are similar to Lumineers in that they are extremely thin veneers that are often used for smile makeovers. They are only manufactured in the da Vinci laboratory in California. The da Vinci brand name is very popular, especially with high-profile cosmetic dentists in the USA, who often have celebrities amongst the clients.

What are MAC veneers?

MAC veneers are made from pressed ceramic, giving more strength than standard feldspathic veneers. There are the ideal veneer choice for smile makeovers. They are ultra thin shells of tooth coloured ceramic that are bonded over the front surface of your teeth in order to mask stains, close gaps or repair chips.

As one of the most trusted brands of porcelain (ceramic) veneers, da Vinci veneers have been on the cosmetic dentistry market for more than 25 years. Having featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover show, da Vinci veneers have gained popularity in the public eye. As well as being highly resistant to permanent staining, da Vinci veneers claim to be thinner than conventional veneers and therefore require little or no anaesthesia during placement so that patients have a natural appearance.

Before they are bonded, your dentist will show you how your veneers look so that you can preview your new smile before you veneers are permanently cemented into place. If you or your dentist are not 100% happy with their colour then the colour of your da Vinci veneer can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used.