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Crowns & Veneers

Crowns & Veneers


A Veneer is a new front tooth surface for a tooth. They are made from very thin layers of ceramic material, which are strongly bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are extremely versatile and can be used to mask discolorations, brighten your smile, mask chipped or stained teeth, close gaps and align crowded or protruding teeth. They are often the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. As Porcelain is impermeable they are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoke. The result is very natural and highly aesthetic.

Veneers change the way our teeth look and feel. They improve your smile without requiring large invasive treatments. Because Veneers can last a long time and involve very little preparation a porcelain veneer is the preferred treatment choice.

Cosmetic Smile Makeover

This involves a combination of treatments from crowns, bridges, dental implants and or porcelain veneers as well as laser technology to design new smiles.

Immediate Veneers

They are minimally invasive and can be completed in one visit. Dental materials have come on considerably in the past number of years. As a result a beautiful smile can be created in one day with a vast selection of colours and textures to suit our patients.

Da Vinci Veneers

Da Vinci Studios is considered world wide as the leading laboratory in the creation of the finest veneers available. They are the leading brand for over 30 years now. They provide the most natural results possible that rivals nature in fit, function and form.

Ultrathin Veneers

You can have a smile makeover without drilling. We like to conserve as much of the tooth as is possible. This technique allows us to do that in certain cases without even having to use a drill.

Durathin Veneers 

These Veneers are as thin as a contact lens and adhere onto the front teeth without even having to use a drill. There is no need to grind out or cut teeth with this method.


Lumineers by Cerinate are a porcelain veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and is placed over existing teeth without requiring any removal of the tooth structure. Lumineers can only be made from patented Cerinate Porcelain. In just two to three visits lumineers provide a custom made smile clinically proven to last up to 20 years. The procedure is painless, as the tooth does not need to be drilled. They can even be placed over old porcelain bridgework or crown work. They are ultra thin yet extremely strong so as to resist cracking. This restoration offers a 5-year warranty and is replaced at no charge if necessary.

Advantages of Veneers

  • They protect your teeth
  • If you have staining that cannot be removed veneers will cover the staining and change the colour of your teeth for the better.
  • You can have a single veneer or more depending on what is required. We will match colours so that no one ever knows.
  • If your teeth are crooked a veneer can give the illusion that the tooth is straight.
  • Instant change

What’s involved in getting Veneers?

  1. Examination and assessment to select the appropriate veneers that will work for you or if alternative treatment is best for you.
  2. Your smile will be designed by the dentist in accordance with the amount of teeth you are having prepared.
  3. A stone mold of your teeth may be taken at this point for sending to a laboratory for preparation of the veneers. This step is not necessary for the immediate veneers.
  4. Professional Ceramists design your veneer(s) in one of our select laboratories using only the finest materials.
  5. The dentist then bonds the veneers onto the teeth.

How much preparation is involved?

Preparation of the tooth signifies the amount of cutting that has to be carried out on a tooth prior to the placing of a veneer. Some of the treatments outlined do not require any cutting of the tooth surface. Occasionally the tooth surface will be made a little rough so as to serve as an ideal surface for the Veneer to adhere to. Dr. O Donovan, Dr. Murphy or indeed Dr. Horgan will leave you in no doubt as to what is the best Veneer for you.

What kind of Veneers are available

There are two types:

Composite or Porcelain


They are crafted in a laboratory using a wide range of porcelain types that are bespoke to your exact requirements. They are then bonded to your teeth on a separate appointment. Porcelain is less likely to pick up stains.

We often use Emax as it is a very strong porcelain type. Because it is so strong we can create very thin veneers that require less preparation and in some cases no preparation at all. We only use the best laboratories in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Always ask your dentist what laboratory they are using, make sure it’s a good one.


They come in three forms;

Direct, Indirect, and Prefabricated.

Direct – They are made of resin and have a plastic appearance. They are made by our dentists in surgery and are applied directly onto the teeth. It only takes a single appointment for this process and in the hands of our dentists it can achieve beautiful results.

Indirect Composite Veneers – These are made in a laboratory where harder more durable plastics are used. These veneers are laser sintered allowing for their sheen to last longer. They look and feel the same as a porcelain veneer and are bonded to your teeth in a separate appointment the same as the porcelain veneer.

Prefabricated Veneers – They are pre made and are chosen in accordance with size and colour by the Dentist. They are made from patented Nano-Hybrid composites using modern laser technology. These veneers are also laser sintered allowing them to retain their polished look. They are also known as ‘Same Day Veneers’ or ‘Instant Veneers’.


Dental Crown

A dental crown covers or ‘caps’ a tooth to restore its normal shape and size. It will provide a full coverage of the underlying tooth therefor strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down. If a tooth is cracked it is often the only treatment option available. It will hold the tooth together and protect it so it doesn’t become more damaged over time. If a tooth has been root treated we often recommend a crown as the resulting tooth will be weak, brittle and liable to fracture.

Perfectly fitting and beautiful crowns in a single visit

At Alexandra Dental Practice your time is important to us. When getting crowns placed it is a process that can sometimes involve a number of visits to a clinic to complete the work. Sometimes the work is perfect and sometimes the work needs to be returned for minor adjustments. Opportunities arise where the treatment can actually be completed in just one visit. To offer this service to patients a clinic must have the latest in Dental Technology to hand.

How does it work?

Where patients are suitable for the procedure we have a CEREC 3D imaging suite. It is one of the latest models on offer, and also only one of a handful nationwide. It will record the necessary data via a specialized camera and send the information to a 3D milling unit that will create a perfectly fitting ceramic crown bespoke to you. The crown is then glazed and baked in a specialist oven right before your eyes. The end result is an exact and perfectly fitting beautiful crown. No fuss, no return visits.

Dr. O’Donovan has taken this service to another level ensuring that our patients only get the very best from this amazing system. Dr. O’Donovan is currently the only Dentist in Ireland that has attended Scottsdale in Arizona USA for a course in the more advanced possibilities that this imaging system allows. At Alexandra Dental Practice we always go the extra mile to ensure that you are getting the very best in care and treatment. There are no shortcuts to perfection.


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