” I called this practice on a Saturday as I had so much pain. I was able to see them immediately and they helped me with the pain. The rest of the treatment was completed the following week. I’m so happy that I ended up at this practice.”
You’d like to have beautiful white teeth? Or would you like a solution for cracks between your teeth? Or would you like to have multiple broken teeth repaired? With help from facings, our dentists can refresh and improve your smile.
What are facings?
A facing is a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite that is placed by a Dentist over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct uneven tooth alignment, worn tooth enamel, discoloration or spacing, and chips or cracks.
Why should I have my facings placed by Lassus Tandartsen?
- We use high quality and sustainable facings
- We can place composite facings in a single appointment
- The treatment can be carried out painlessly
- Decide together with a specialist the new color of the facings
- Flexible opening times
In our modern dental practices at the Keizersgracht, Lassusstraat and Stadionplein in Amsterdam, you can make an appointment with a specialist to discuss your facing needs.
The differences between composite and porcelain
There are two types of facings: composite and porcelain. With both, the principle is the same. Shells are placed over the teeth. There’s a large difference between the type of materials that are used for facings.
- Relatively cheap in comparison with porcelain facings
- Can be placed in a single appointment
- Discoloring occurs faster than with porcelain
- A shorter usage lifespan than with porcelain facings
- Facings made from porcelain don’t discolor
- The specialist can work with multiple shades of color
- They last longer
- Low maintenance
- Facings made from porcelain are significantly more expensive than those from composite
- Multiple treatments necessary
The treatment: Having facings placed
There’s a difference in the treatment for the placement of porcelain and composite facings. Both require a short consultation before we can set up the appointment for placing the veneers. Composite facings can be placed in a single appointment whereas with porcelain facings two appointments are required.
Treatment of porcelain facings
Porcelain facings are placed in two appointments. At the first appointment, an impression is taken of your teeth and together with the Dentist, you can decide on the color of your facings. The impression of your teeth is used in our laboratory by a dental technician to make porcelain facings.
At the second appointment, your teeth are prepared with an adhesive layer. The facings are then placed by the dentist. After the treatment, you can immediately enjoy having radiant teeth.
Treatment for composite facings
Facings made from composite can be placed within a single day. Together with a specialist you first choose the color of the composite facings. Then your teeth will be treated with an adhesive layer so that the composite can be placed successfully. The facings are then hardened using a special lamp. The last step involves shaping the facings in the desired form. Following the treatment, you can immediately enjoy your new radiant smile.
Aftercare and maintenance of facings
In the first days after treatment, you’ll need to get used to the facings even though they’ll feel the same as your natural teeth. This is definitely the case if the form of your teeth has been significantly altered. This can lead to temporary difficulties with speaking until your mouth is used to the new formation of your teeth with the facings.
Facings don’t require special maintenance compared to natural teeth. We recommend that as with natural teeth to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Also use dental floss, sticks or interdental brushes in order to keep your teeth clean.
We estimate that a facing can last roughly from five to ten years. This, of course, depends on your lifestyle and drinking habits. If for example you smoke a lot and drink a lot of coffee then there’s a chance that your facings won’t remain looking good for a long time. It’s also possible that your facings could be damaged if for example you regularly grind your teeth or bite your nails.
After the treatment, it’s possible to eat and chew normally. Be careful not to bit hard things such as nuts, raw carrots or nails. Also, we advise you not to tear food apart with your teeth such as French bread.
The placing of facings is not painful. If teeth enamel needs to be filed down from your natural teeth, then this doesn’t go as deep as for example the drilling into a tooth. You shouldn’t experience any pain from this at all.
The costs of the placing of facings
The price of facings is dependent on the material from which it is made. You can choose between facing made from porcelain or composite. In addition to this, the number of facings and the manner in which the treatment will be carried out also plays a role in the costs of facing treatment.
To give you an idea of the costs we’ve created some examples below:
|Facing composite||€ 150-160 per tooth/molar|
|Facing porcelain||€ 700-900 per tooth/molar|