Cosmetic Dental Surgery

This Picture Displays a Patients Teeth after Composite Veneers Cosmetic Dental Treatment

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are custom-made thin layers of very strong, stain-resistant, translucent porcelain. This is a tooth enamel replacement treatment carried out by a cosmetic dentist.

Porcelain Veneers improve your smile and strengthen worn or damaged teeth. They closely resemble your natural teeth.

Porcelain Veneers are typically less than half a millimetre thick. They require very little tooth preparation to stay on as they are fused to the surface of your original teeth. 

The colour of the veneers can be precisely matched to your natural teeth or brightened and whitened to a shade of your choice. Before treatment begins, you will be presented with photographs and digital images of your new smile.

What are the Benefits?

Pain-free treatment and no needles required.

Custom-made and individually shaped to match the smile you want.

They can close gaps and cover chips and cracks to improve appearance.

They can disguise the misalignment of teeth.

They improve the shape and appearance of your overall smile giving you greater confidence.

There is a choice of options to suit your budget and time.

Types of Veneers

Composite Bonding

Composite Veneers are made from a composite resin applied directly to your teeth  by a skilled cosmetic dentist. This resin is then shaped and polished to give you your ideal smile.

There is no need for local anaesthetic or needles as this is a pain-free procedure that can be completed in one appointment.

Your dentist will begin the process by cleaning your teeth thoroughly. Then the dentist will lightly etch the enamel on the front surface of your teeth to improve adhesion. At this point, the dentist will apply the glue and add thin layers of composite material cured under a light.

Finally, the teeth will be shaped and polished to the desired shape. The dentist can colour-match this material to the rest of your teeth or a shade of your choice. 

Bonding is a great way to repair chipped and slightly damaged teeth. It is a cost-effective restoration treatment that can be quickly applied. However, bonding is prone to chipping. These veneers are not as long-lasting and as durable as porcelain veneers.

Same Day Veneers

These are extremely thin and specially manufactured composite fibre shells. A skilled cosmetic dentist will apply them to the front surface of your teeth and then shape and polish to your desired finish.

The procedure is completed in a single session, and no dental laboratory work is required. This makes them a more economical and quicker option when compared to porcelain veneers.

This cosmetic procedure is used to cover old fillings and discolouration, fill small gaps, chips and minor twists in your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable and last considerably longer than composite and same-day veneers. The design and fitting process takes a little longer.

You are involved at every stage in the design process process, and the final result is displayed digitally before you even begin treatment. 

They will give you a consistent, straight, bright-looking and long lasting smile.

Complete Restoration

Our Patient below had a bad fall breaking her front teeth. We where able to completely restore her smile and repair the broken teeth with Porcelain Veneers.

Amy's Image after completing dental restoration with Porcelain Veneers

Before and After Treatment

The patient featured in the images below had combined treatment of in-surgery teeth whitening and eight porcelain veneers. 

These veneers wrapped around the teeth, like dental crowns, improve the teeth’ shape, colour and position. The patient’s bite was opened to lengthen the teeth, improve the bite, and enhance the appearance of his smile.

Image of Patient Before Veneers Treatment
Image of Patient with Veneers

When are Veneers used?

Veneers are a restorative dental treatment that can save and even improve the appearance of your smile. Your treatment choice will be based on the condition of your teeth, your budget, the time available and the problem you’d like to solve.

They are considered a cosmetic dental product that helps to restore the appearance of teeth that have been damaged, whether discoloured, crooked, slightly decayed, cracked, filled or broken.

We often use veneers as part of an overall smile design process whereby we digitally design your finished smile to improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth to give you your ideal smile.

They are ideal for dental corrections for teeth that are mostly intact. The end result is a completely natural looking smile.

Eve Woods Image after Veneers Treatment

Eve Woods New Smile

The Treatment Process

The first step in the process involves an initial consultation with the dentist. During this consultation, high-resolution photographs are taken. Then using advanced digital technology, images are prepared for you so you can see what your new smile will look like.

If you decide to proceed with treatment, we take 3D scans of your teeth and send them with photographs to our digital designer.

Using these photographs and 3D scans, our digital designer will create a virtual design on the model of your new veneers. 

We will make a 3d model from that design which we will then use to create a template to apply temporary Veneers for your approval. 

The template acts as a guide to how much preparation we need to do on the teeth. We carry out minimal preparation on the teeth with our veneers, being only about half a millimetre thick. 

Once the temporary Veneers are applied, you can wear them for a couple of weeks to see how they feel and if you are happy with your overall appearance.

When you return to the surgery, we will check if you are happy with the shape and feel and make any alterations necessary. You are fully involved in the design process, so there are no surprises.

Once satisfied with the final design, we rescan the altered temporaries if necessary and have an identical copy of Permanent Veneers produced in our lab, and you will return for a fitting.

You will not be getting turkey teeth where your teeth are completely drilled down. Instead, you will get minimal surface preparation and custom-designed Veneers to fix the shape, colour and position of your teeth to your chosen design.

How Long do Veneers Last?

Composite and Dental Veneers will need to be maintained just like your natural teeth. Regular cleaning and dental check ups are recommended. They will last 5 years or more with good maintenance. They can also be repaired or replaced by your dentist if needed.

Porcelain Veneers are made from a much harder and very strong stain resistant porcelain. They will last considerably longer, 10 to 15 years or more with proper care.

Veneers Cost

Treatment cost varies, depending on the type of veneers and extent of treatment you require. Our prices are listed below:

  • O’Neill Dental Studio Porcelain Veneer/Crown – €1,200
  • Composite Bonding- from €250
  • Porcelain Inlay or On-lay – from €750
  • Porcelain Veneer – €750

Private health insurance will not cover the cost of veneers as they are considered cosmetic treatments. We can provide you with a dental payment plan to spread the cost.

We have also teamed up with Humm Finance so you can make arrangements to pay interest-free over a period that suits You.

Am I a Suitable Candidate?

After a thorough exam, the cosmetic dentist will recommend dental treatment options based on your specific situation. 

If your tooth is mostly intact and only needs minor corrections, your dentist may recommend Veneers.

Your first step is to book a free consultation with us to assess suitability and the dentist’s recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

Porcelain veneers are quite strong and resistant to breakage when cared for properly. However, they are not indestructible. Extreme force or trauma can cause them to crack or chip.

Teeth under veneers undergo a preparation process that may involve the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel to ensure a proper fit. After veneers are placed, the teeth remain intact underneath. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep these teeth healthy.

It’s advised to avoid or be cautious with:

Hard foods such as ice or hard sweets.

Sticky sweets and chewing gum.

Extremely crunchy foods that can apply undue pressure.

Staining agents like coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco.

Yes. We work with HUMM Finance, so you can spread the cost of your Veneers.

Teeth under veneers can stay clean if proper dental hygiene is practiced, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. The veneers themselves also need to be cleaned to prevent issues like gum disease.

No, veneers are not reversible because a portion of the tooth enamel is removed during the preparation process. This change is permanent, and teeth will always need to be protected with veneers or another type of dental restoration.

Care for veneers by:

Brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste twice a day.

Flossing daily.

Avoiding using your teeth to open packaging or biting down on hard objects.

Wearing a guard if you grind your teeth at night.

Visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, but composite veneers may be susceptible to discolouration over time. It’s important to maintain them properly and have regular professional cleanings.

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