What’s the difference?
Veneers are a great choice if you would like to improve the appearance of your front teeth.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite that will be made to fit exactly over the front of your tooth. We can choose an exact colour of veneer to match the colour of your teeth. Veneers can also change the shape or size of your tooth.
Veneers are a popular choice if you have a chipped, stained or misaligned tooth and want the tooth to appear natural and healthy again.
Advantage: More conservative than crowns
Disadvantage: Some patients are prone to dislodged veneers. Our pre-treatment assessment helps us identify patients who are more at risk.
We also offer white fillings to give your teeth a more natural appearance. You may decide to have a white filling if your filling is at the front of your mouth and visible when you laugh or smile.
The fillings are made from composite material which matches the colour of your teeth.
Advantage: White fillings have a certain ‘adhesive’ quality which helps reduce chances of tooth fracture and tend to be more conservative than silver fillings.
Disadvantage: To provide a long lasting filling it is essential to keep the tooth ‘as dry as possible’. We ensure this by using special isolation techniques. Those teeth that cannot be isolated sufficiently are identified before we start the filling process.
Alternatives: Other filling materials, Crowns
Special note on ‘silver amalgam’ or ‘mercury-containing fillings’: While these fillings have been used for several decades and are safe to be used in the form of fillings, the process of extracting mercury from its natural reserves is not environment friendly. We hence avoid using these materials as far as possible.