What Are CEREC Veneers and How Long Do They Last?

A smile makeover in just a day is what CEREC veneers not only promise but deliver.

Thanks to developments in dental technology, you no longer have to wait ages to have veneers and get that beaming smile you’ve always dreamed of. Now, you can have it all done in a day, and the results will last decades, if you look after your new veneers and your overall oral health.

This is due to the availability in Ireland of CEREC veneers, which use sophisticated computer technology to deliver results in a flash. We call it our “One Day Smile Makeover” and it’s one of the easiest and most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures you can have done. But what exactly are CEREC veneers and how long do they last?

Before the introduction of CEREC technology, the process of creating veneers — pieces of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth and dramatically improve their appearance, giving you dazzling-white and uniform-straight choppers in an instant — took a while. It meant the involvement of not only a dentist but also a dental technician and a long and laborious process of taking impressions of your teeth and gums by having patients bite down on material — giving you a numb mouth and jaw ache along the way!

CEREC Veneers and Their Lasting Power

Thankfully, those days are over, as long as you get the kind of cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry that we use here at The James Clinic. Now, a powerful camera is used to take 3D images of the inside of your mouth, capturing in perfect detail all the many angles and shapes of your teeth and gums. This happens in a matter of seconds, and no local anaesthetic or anything else is required. From there, the images are fed to a computer for analysis and design tools are used to create the kind of porcelain veneers that are perfectly suited to you.

What happens next is kind of magical, we think, because the revolutionary CEREC machine uses a block of porcelain and, with exquisite precision, mills an exact replica of what the design software has come up with. And that’s it — your new veneer is ready to be bonded to your teeth in one of the fastest cosmetic dentistry procedures ever. It can also make crowns for placement over teeth; these have the effect of protecting the whole tooth while also improving a person’s smile by giving them that famous, and dazzling, Hollywood look. You no longer have to be a film star to have veneers or crowns, however; such is their popularity that many people, young and old, are opting for them.

How Long Do CEREC Veneers Last?

CEREC veneers and crowns are designed to last, and that means you can enjoy them for anywhere between 10 and 30 years. That’s as long as you take care of them. Just because they look amazing at the beginning doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll stay that way if you don’t give them proper attention.

You’ll need to brush your veneers like you do your other, real teeth — ideally after every meal but at least twice a day, and especially if you’ve had food and drinks that tend to stain, like curries, tea and coffee, and red wine. You should also floss your CEREC veneers and have all your teeth regularly cleaned; it’s recommended you do this twice a year.

Although CEREC veneers and crowns are incredibly durable, they can crack or break, just like real teeth. So be careful to avoid grinding your teeth, or get a guard if you do it in your sleep, and don’t chew on anything hard, like boiled sweets and pieces of ice. Things like chewing gums and caramel and anything else sticky should also be off your list, as they may pull on your veneers and damage them.

A bit of care and attention to your amazing new smile will ensure you’ll look incredible for years to come.

Interested in having your very own smile makeover in just a day? The James Clinic has the technology and expertise to make it happen. Contact us now and soon you could have that star smile you’ve always dreamed of.