Sometimes the shape, size or structure of the teeth needs to be improved and that’s where Veneers, Crowns and Bridgework can work wonders.
Ultra-Thin emax Dental Veneers Glasgow
These are extremely thin porcelain facings which are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to alter the apparent size, shape and colour. They can be as little as 0.1mm thick which is the same as a contact lens. Despite being so thin these dental veneers are relatively strong when properly bonded to the front surface of your teeth.
Veneers are used when the teeth have no fillings and are in good condition but the shape,size or colour needs to be altered. Veneers cannot be used when there are existing fillings in the teeth as these will require to be replaced at regular intervals. In these cases crowns are a better alternative.
Veneers are custom made to fit each tooth and can be made in many different materials however it is very important to understand the following point:
The difference between a tooth veneer that looks fake and one that looks just like a real tooth is:
- The expertise of the dentist who prepares the underlying tooth.
- The artistry of the technician who creates the actual porcelain veneer.
Here is an example of an existing veneer on the front tooth which looks thick, bulky and unnatural.
When the old veneer was replaced it became almost impossible to distinguish the new veneer from the natural front tooth next to it, and that is exactly as it should be.
Ultra-Thin emax Crowns
A crown is like a veneer except it covers the entire tooth all the way round and is therefore used when the tooth has existing fillings.
Traditionally crowns had a metal layer which was covered in porcelain however this made the crown very bulky and required a lot of damaging drilling to the tooth in order for the result to look acceptable. With time the grey metal junction of the crown would become visible and the gum could end up looking very red and unsightly like this:
Emax crowns have no metal layer and are made of an exceptionally strong material called Lithium Disilicate. This material has revolutionised Cosmetic Dentistry and the results are simply breathtaking.
This is the same patient 6 years after I performed a gum lift followed by replacement of the old crowns with emax crowns and bespoke colour matching. The resulting crowns look like natural teeth and the gums still look pink and healthy.