What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells that can improve your teeth’ colour, shape and position. A veneer can also be used to make a broken or chipped tooth look whole again and sometimes be used to close gaps between teeth.
Veneers fit discreetly over the surface of teeth, like false fingernails over nails.
They are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth, making them a favourite of many Hollywood stars to achieve that dazzling smile.
Types of veneers
There are two primary types of dental veneers to choose from:
Porcelain veneers are crafted from durable ceramic. They are custom-made, thin shells that closely resemble the natural appearance of tooth enamel and are tailored to fit the contour, colour, and translucency of your natural teeth.
- High resistance to staining, and maintain their colour over time.
- Realistic and mimics the natural tooth.
- Lasts between 10 to 15 years with proper dental care.
- Porcelain veneers can cost between S$2,600 – S$3,200 per tooth due to the material and craftsmanship involved.
- Multiple dental appointments are required for a complete fitting.
- The application process is longer.
- It’s an irreversible procedure as it involves the removal of tooth enamel.
- When damaged, they must be entirely replaced.
Composite veneers are made from a tooth-coloured resin material that is applied and shaped directly on your teeth.
- Convenient and time-saving, often requiring just one visit to a dental clinic.
- Composite veneers are relatively more affordable than porcelain veneers.
- It is minimally invasive and reversible as enamel removal is not always required.
- Damage can be easily repaired, extending the life of the veneers.
- Prone to staining and discolouration over time.
- It is less durable than porcelain veneers.
Both types offer a path to a brighter smile, and your chosen dental specialist in Singapore will be able to advise on the option that suits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Who should get veneers?
Veneers offer a great option for individuals looking to get a dazzling smile. However, to be a good candidate for the procedure, you will have to meet the following criteria:
- Good overall oral and gum health, free from periodontal diseases and with a sufficient amount of enamel.
- Have fairly straight teeth, as severe misalignment could place excess stress on the veneers, risking damage.
- Not be prone to night-time teeth grinding or clenching; these habits can harm the veneers over time.
What is involved in getting a veneer?
Your dental specialist in Singapore will find out the details of your medical and dental history, go through a consultation and examination and take a digital X-ray of your teeth to enable a thorough and detailed diagnosis. We will examine your teeth to determine if veneers are the appropriate solution for you. Good quality enamel and good gum health is required for successful bonding of the veneer to your tooth.
In order to place the veneer on the tooth, some enamel may need to be removed from the front of the tooth surface. The amount of enamel removed is minimal and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so the tooth stays the same size. An impression of the tooth will then be made. The colour of your surrounding teeth will be matched on a shade guide to make sure that your veneers will look natural.
Before the veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dental specialist will check to see if the colour and fit are suitable and make any necessary adjustments to achieve the proper fit.
Next, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to prepare it for a strong bonding process. Then, a special adhesive is used to bond the veneer to the tooth. A light is applied to the veneer, which activates the cement to cure and bond the veneer in place. Thereafter, final adjustments, if necessary, are made.
The entire treatment can be completed in 4 to 5 days and will involve about 2 to 3 visits.
Depending on the situation, you may be required to return for a follow-up visit at your chosen dental clinic in Singapore to ensure that the veneers, your gums and teeth are doing well.
Veneer teeth are no stronger or weaker than your natural teeth. However, veneers will last longer with a proper home care oral regime and regular professional maintenance every 6 months. Research has shown that veneers can last up to 10 to 15 years, and the success rate for veneers is about 85% over 10 years. This means that out of 100 veneer procedures done, about 15 of them need to be repaired or done again.
To maximise the longevity of your veneers, be mindful of eating certain foods or engaging in certain habits:
- Hard Foods and Chewy Meat: Food like hard candies, tough cuts like steak and certain raw fruits and vegetables, like apples and carrots, can damage the veneers. It’s advisable to cut the food into small, manageable pieces and chew with your molar.
- Alcohol: Alcohol can weaken the adhesive that holds your veneers in place, potentially leading to damage, so limit your consumption.
- Dark-Coloured Drinks: Tea, coffee, cola, and red wine will stain your veneers. As such, consider using a straw to minimise contact with the veneers or clean your teeth shortly after consumption to reduce the risk of staining.
Cigarette: Smoking or chewing tobacco should be avoided as it can weaken the bonding of the veneers over time and cause discolouration.
Wondering if Medisave can be used for this procedure?
Medisave does not apply to veneer treatment.
For more details on Medisave coverage, please visit our Medisave Page
For sedation; there will be an additional fee for an Anaesthesiologist to administer the sedation, which is about S$900 – S$1,0000 per hour.
|Consultation & Examination
|S$80 – 200
|S$2,500 – S$3,000 per tooth
*All fees are subject to prevailing Singapore Goods and Services Tax.
*All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
The information provided above is of a general nature only, as you would need to be examined by dental specialists in order to confirm the ideal treatment option for you. It may be possible to have a reduction in the fee if multiple teeth are involved.
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Frequently asked questions
Are there any alternatives to wearing braces if I want to get my teeth straightened faster?
Orthodontic treatment typically requires 12 to 24 months to complete.
Alternatively, veneers may be considered if one is unable to attend regular sessions over 12 to 24 months at the dentist. The entire process takes only a few days to complete.
Which teeth do you put veneers on?
Veneers are typically applied to the front teeth, particularly the upper ones, rather than the back teeth. This is mainly because they are noticeable when you smile or speak. Additionally, the teeth at the back of your mouth endure greater force when you chew, leading to a higher likelihood of veneers in those areas getting damaged or dislodged.
Are veneers the same as dental crowns?
Veneers and crowns are not the same as they serve different purposes and differ in their application. Veneers are thin layers attached only to the front part of your tooth, primarily for cosmetic enhancement. They are subtler at the gum line, making them visually appealing. In contrast, crowns are thicker and relatively durable compared to veneers. They encapsulate the entire tooth and are used for extensive restorations.
Can teeth veneers be removed?
Dental veneers are permanently affixed to your teeth, and attempting to remove veneers on your own can cause serious damage to your teeth or gums, possibly necessitating a root canal treatment. As such, it is recommended that you consult a dentist in Singapore with the right tools and professional training to remove your veneers without harming your teeth or gums.
Are dental veneers painful?
Most patients experience no pain during the procedure once the anaesthesia kicks in. It’s not unusual, however, to experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after getting veneers placed. Nonetheless, each person’s reaction varies, and such sensations usually diminish within a couple of weeks. To minimise discomfort post-procedure, you can consume room temperature beverages and temporarily avoid hard, spicy foods that can irritate your teeth and gums.