Da Vinci Veneers

The da Vinci veneer is an ultra-thin shell which fits over a damaged or badly stained tooth. They are manufactured only at the da Vinci laboratory in California, USA and have become one of the most well respected brands of veneer.

These natural looking veneers are highly stain resistant, thinner than the usual porcelain or composite type of veneer and are extremely durable.

If you have a chipped tooth, an unsightly gap or discoloured teeth due to tea or coffee drinking then a da Vinci veneer is a good option.

What is the procedure?

The procedure itself is fairly straightforward. It usually involves three visits in which to carry out the following:

  • Consultation, diagnostics and a treatment plan
  • Teeth preparation
  • The fitting (bonding) of the manufactured veneers

First visit

In the first visit, your dentist will check your teeth as well as discuss your individual requirements. This is where you can choose the type of smile you want – often through a special 3D imaging programme.

The dentist will discuss the procedure with you and will outline the benefits and, limitations. This is your chance to ask as many questions as you need to and to be clear about what a veneer is and how it will improve your smile.

Second visit

Your second visit will take the form of preparation of your teeth for the veneers. In this 2 hour session the dentist will use a small dental tool to scrape off a small layer of your teeth. This layer will be about the same size and thickness of the da Vinci veneer.

This is followed by an impression of your teeth: the dentist will take a wax mould of your teeth (you will be asked to bite into this wax) which is then sent off to the da Vinci laboratory for casting. This will enable the lab to fabricate the actual veneers.

It can take the lab up to 2 weeks to prepare the veneers so you will be given a temporary set of veneers to wear in the meantime.

Third visit

In this final part of the treatment process the dentist will lightly place the veneers over your teeth to check the fit and appearance. You will be given the chance to look at your appearance and to make any comments about their placement.

Once you are both happy with this the dentist will then cement them firmly in place, before giving them a final polish.

There are other veneer options such as the Lumineer, standard porcelain veneer and the composite veneer.

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