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Dental Veneers
Cape Town

A New, Improved Smile Is Within Reach.

Transform Your Smile with Dental Veneers.

Veneers are a way in which cosmetic dentists can drastically improve the appearance of your smile, particularly if your teeth have endured extensive damage or are irregularly shaped. Fitting veneers is one of the services we offer at OptiSmile as part of our vast range of advanced dental treatments. We offer composite veneers as well.

 

We aim to preserve as much of your natural smile and provide an improved smile using the highest quality materials and latest technology. For example, we employ advanced Digital Smile Design technology to ensure our patients receive the best idea of what their new smile will look like before we embark on any extensive dental alterations.

 

Cosmetic dentistry veneers are intended to help patients with teeth that are severely misshapen, damaged, or discoloured. They are custom-made shells meant to cover the tooth’s front surface. They are intended to look as natural as possible when used correctly. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin. Resin veneers require having less of the actual tooth removed as part of the placement, but which choice will depend on the state of your teeth and your desired outcome. 

At OptiSmile, we need to work with our patients with the help of proven systems to build the best smile for you. If you are unsure about your options, come for a first consultation. You would be surprised at the great technologies available to help restore or even improve your smile.

 

This is dependent on the condition of your teeth, but these are some of the instances in which you may consider getting veneers: 

Darkened, stained, and discoloured teeth (due to antibiotics, teeth age, etc.)
Thanks to the fantastic properties of the veneer materials, veneers can be constructed so they completely mask the discolouration of teeth. And where one has only a few discoloured teeth, veneers can be used to blend the bad teeth to the colour of their healthier neighbours.

Some individuals have irregular gaps between teeth, making their smiles unsightly. With veneers, dental specialists can fill those gaps to make the teeth look completely naturally spaced 

Teeth that have irregular shapes, are crooked or are improperly positioned can be masked with the help of veneers. The result is an amazingly even set of teeth that look perfectly shaped and aligned with the rest of the teeth 

If you have broken, chipped, or severely worn off teeth are ideal candidates for dental veneers 

And in other cases, veneers can serve as a better alternative for patients who may be considering dental crowns. And because they last a long time and are cheaper and painless (compared to other dental procedures) to install. 

Veneers may not always be the best solution for everyone and may not be recommended in instances of:

 

  • Insufficient tooth structure (Not enough enamel for bonding. Veneers are only successful in the long term if their tooth preparations are into the enamel as the strength of the bond at the tooth-veneer interface is more robust than it would be to the underlying dentine)
  • Teeth angled too far topically (towards your lips)
  • Large Diastemas (significant gaps)
  • Poor Oral hygiene
  • Severely maligned teeth
  • Parafunctional habits (clenching/grinding)

However, OptiSmile offers several solutions, so if veneers are not an option, there are likely to be other solutions that are better for you.

What Is the Process with Dental Veneers?

It is straightforward. Book an initial consultation to assess your teeth’ condition and see whether veneers are the best option. 

01

Consultation

As part of our consultation process, we will do an oral examination, x-rays (if required), take photos of your mouth and then take a digital 3D scan. 

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Digital Smile Design

This is then sent over the cloud to a highly skilled artist and digital dental laboratory technician, where a digital smile design and virtual wax-up are created.
This process is known as Digital Smile Design, and it allows patients to get an idea of what they are likely to expect before we embark on any work on the teeth themselves. 

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Dental Veneers Cape Town

Favourite Composite Veneers

Injection Moulded Composite Bonding

A technician digitally designs tooth shape and anatomy, and the design is accurately transferred to the teeth using moulds formed around the design and injecting a flowable ceramic composite material into the mould to fill up the space between the teeth and the new design. This allows for a perfectly accurate plan of the tooth shape and the bite and guided movement of the teeth together, helping the teeth function together and preventing chipping or breaking of the composite material.

There is no removal of healthy tooth structure, but old fillings would need to be removed to ensure the best bond directly to the tooth. It does not cover the entire tooth surface. Therefore, it blends into the tooth’s colour. This means that sometimes it is better to have whitening done before to ensure a good colour match. The composite material cannot be whitened later. Therefore, it is best to get to a colour you are happy with before starting with the bonding.

 

Injection moulded composite bonding (composite veneers) is used to replace larger fractured or worn-away tooth structures or change the shape of a tooth more than composite fillings. It is commonly used for younger patients and those who do not wish to remove healthy tooth structures, as is required in the case of porcelain veneers. 

The composite material can discolour, chip or leak with time – the material we use is highly polishable and therefore does not discolour as quickly as other materials. Patients who grind their teeth need constant night protection in terms of a bite plate or occlusal guard as they will chip or break unless they use one. If any breakage occurs, it can be repaired by adding composite material and using the designed models to improve as close to the original. Injection moulded composite bonding can be replaced later with new injection moulded veneers, ceramic veneers, or crowns. It is doubtful that you will ever want a crown after having a conservative composite veneer.

  • Composite veneers can be done in one appointment (depending on the number of teeth- 6 to 8 teeth takes 3 hours)
  • Allow one week for planning and designing, printing models, and manufacturing the crystal-clear injection moulds. (Lab fee for the design is R3500)
  • Costing is R4400 per tooth with discounts for multiple teeth. 

What are older, more traditional Porcelain and Ceramic Veneers?

A veneer is a thin ceramic shell that fits over a damaged, misshapen, or discoloured tooth. The process involves two visits to your cosmetic dentist over approximately two weeks. 

The Process

On the first visit, the dentist will prepare your tooth by drilling your natural tooth enamel quite thin to make space for the new Veneer to be glued to the front of the tooth. A mould or digital scan of your teeth will be taken. A dental laboratory will manufacture the new veneers according to the smile design. The best ceramic for veneers is called E-Max. This lithium-disilicate class is the only one guaranteed against breakage for ten years if used correctly. If you get cheap veneers, they will be an inferior material to an original E-Max.
WE will make you temporary veneers from the smile design. This will give you an idea of what the lab will be making. Be aware that they are not a very good indication of the translucency of the final ceramic, and the polish will not be as natural.
You will need to wear temporary veneers for one to two weeks. These are very brittle and can break easily unless you are very careful. Temporary veneers are not required for the injection moulded composite technique. 

On the second visit, we remove your temporary veneers, and your new veneer will be bonded to what is left of the natural tooth. You will require injections.
Before veneers are cemented to your natural teeth, the veneers will be placed over the tooth to ensure it is a good fit in terms of size and colour.
The veneers, at this stage, can still be trimmed, coloured, or reshaped as needed.
The teeth are cleaned and then placed onto the tooth with special cement. Once the tooth is in a perfect position, the adhesive is exposed to a special light beam that causes the glue to harden, locking the veneer securely. The final step involves the removal of any excess adhesive between the teeth.
In cases where the veneer is not bonded to enamel, because of excessive drilling on teeth that were a little skew and did not have alignment first, or recession, or other reasons, the veneer will not bond very well. A veneer bonded to dentine and not enamel has a shorter lifespan, will stain at the edges faster, and break or dislodge frequently. 

Cost of veneers in Cape Town for Porcelain & Composite bonded veneers

The price of dental veneers can differ depending on several factors that affect the cost. This includes the material you choose and the location of the tooth receiving the veneer. Composite Bonded veneers are a more affordable option than regular porcelain veneers. Also, a front tooth would cost more than a tooth at the less visible back.

The average cost of dental veneers is R4400 to R15000 per tooth. The final price will depend on the number of veneers you need and the type of veneer material chosen. Dental insurance rarely covers cosmetic procedures like veneers. 

Avoid Cheap Veneers!

When it comes to dental treatment, cutting corners and opting for a cheaper choice can sometimes cost you more in the long run. Dentist Cape Town prices can vary greatly.


Choosing Cheap Veneers Can Lead to Issues Such As:

It is always better to choose a high-quality, reliable solution for your dental treatment rather than treatment based solely on the price. Cheap veneers can often lead to costly maintenance and ongoing dentist visits, as well as the embarrassment of appearing more noticeable and less natural. 

Looking after your veneers

Whether you have ceramic or composite resin veneers, taking proper care of them is essential. 

Oral hygiene

You should brush and floss your veneers like your regular teeth. Brushing and using fluoride toothpaste every day will help keep them looking good. 

Foods to avoid

When you eat hard foods, like raw carrots or ice, it is best to first chop them up into smaller pieces. This will make it easier to eat them without hurting your teeth. 

Dental check-ups

It is essential to have regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Check-ups will help remove plaque that your toothbrush cannot get rid of. 

Remember that you will need to replace your veneers at some point, no matter how well you take care of them. However, taking diligent care of your teeth and going to the dentist regularly will help them last longer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental veneers are extremely thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to improve their appearance. They are an increasingly popular option for people who want to make minor adjustments to the look of their smile. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of cosmetic dental issues, including gaps between teeth, chips, and stains. They are also a good option for people who have misshapen or slightly crooked teeth. While dental veneers are typically made from porcelain, they can also be made from composite resin. Before choosing dental veneers, it is essential to consult with a qualified dentist to discuss whether they are the right option for you. 

 

Explore further: What are dental veneers

Veneers are considered to be a permanent dental procedure because they are bonded to your natural teeth. However, it is important to note that veneers can become damaged or stained over time, and they may need to be replaced at some point in the future. Nevertheless, dental veneers offer a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile. 

THE REVIEWS ARE IN...
Neve I.
Neve I.
Very good!
Jade H.
Jade H.
The Optismile establishment as a whole is very impressive. So much care is taken to cater for the comfort of patients, from a beverage to a blanket, not forgetting the decent, genuine conversation that comes from the staff. Personally, Dr Yudelman ensured my dental emergency was handled swiftly, and to the utmost degree of efficiency, without even knowing me. I was reassured from the moment I sat in the chair.As I do not stay in The Western Cape full time, it was a concern that I might not find a professional who could understand my previous difficulties/history and thoughtfully make informed decisions for the steps to follow. He was kind and described the procedures, so I could understand what exactly would result from my appointment. No less, he helped me on very short notice, even staying after hours to ensure I received the help I needed.Thank you Dr Yudelman and Optismile for offering a service that is worth every minute and penny.
Kelly F.
Kelly F.
I went to OptiSmile initially to get a broken tooth fixed, and find out more about Invisalign. I was experiencing jaw pain and had been told I could expect more chipping and breaking of my molars unless I addressed the root cause of crooked bottom teeth in particular. I ended up spending seven months with Louis, Harris, Clifford and their assistants, who worked out a complete dental plan for me and then repaired and straightened my teeth but also so much more. And Verona, who checked in with me at every appointment. It's the most relaxed yet professional and adept dental practice I've been to, with the latest technology and dental advancements. I no longer worry about teeth breaking and my jaw pain is gone. Louis and Clifford were also happy to work without anaesthetic when I said I'd prefer not to have it. Everyone in the practice is down to earth and friendly, and it creates a welcoming environment where you feel you're in safe hands. I'm confident now that my teeth are strong and fit for purpose for years to come. Thanks to all of you for such a comfortable and seamless experience.
Lyndon B.
Lyndon B.
OptiSmile, Dr Louis, Clifford & the amazing dental assistants saved my smile.This is the best dentist in the world in my opinion after visiting veneer specialist dental clinics around the world and having a rough 2 year journey of trying to re-correct my original veneer work which I had done in the UK, Dr Louis, Clifford and OptiSmile saved me and have changed my life especially my mental health.I came to Optismile originally just for them to stick back on my veneer which had been falling off for the last two years, I really was hopeless and Clifford offered me a treatment plan which would re-correct the full veneer work with even more veneers included and also fix my bite which I had struggled with intense pain and regular headaches with.I ended up going for it, I trusted my instincts as not only you can see how professional they are but also friendly and the clinic is very modern with the latest technology.I had a full makeover and life changing smile all within 3 months, not to mention a very reasonable price for the highest quality.Dr Louis was in charge of my treatment and he allowed me to WhatsApp him with any concerns throughout, he’s become a good friend and I am so grateful.Thank you to everyone at Optismile, everyone on reception who are friendly, the dentists who are clear professionals, the assistants who are kind and gentle and everyone who made this journey so easy for me.Best,Lyndon.
Seán H.
Seán H.
Excellent experience as usual! I had an overlay replaced, it was placed and fitted with machine-like precision. And the whole procedure was very comfortable. Thank you Clifford definitely the best dentist in Cape Town.
Peter M.
Peter M.
I had the pleasure of being treated by the world class dentists at Optismile, and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dr. Cara did a fantastic job adding bridges, and Dr. Steyn was amazing with the implants. Their expertise and professionalism truly stand out. The entire experience was seamless, and they made sure I was comfortable every step of the way. Thanks to their excellent work, I now have a smile I'm proud of. Highly recommend these talented dentists to anyone in need of dental care!
Kate L.
kate L.
Dr Cara is so professional, she took me through the process step-by-step. The end result is so rewarding.
Maxine B.
Maxine B.
Truly the best in the business. The Optismile team was always so professional and so kind. We felt welcome at every visit and their support on this journey has been incredible. Thank you SO much! 🙂
Victor C
Victor C
Had an incredible experience with this clinic, from start to finish I was taken care of extremely well. The dentists are very knowledgeable and will only recommend and give you what you need. If you’re looking for a top-tier clinic, I wouldn’t look any further!
Bella B.
Bella B.
Best dentistry place ever. Harris Smeyatsky is an amazing orthodontist and Cara Loubscher performed a piece of art on my front teeth using composite bonding. Looks completely natural!And on top of it the entire staff is always going the extra mile. I can highly recommend Optismile!
Nastassja M.
Nastassja M.
Went to Optismile a few months ago to have my tooth fixed by Dr Shaa (which I will highly recommend) not only did he just fix my tooth but he explained in depth what exactly it is that needs to be done, he also explained every step of the way which brought me alot of comfort as my last experience by a dentist was not so pleasant.Not only did he fix a tooth but he also gave back my confidence in my smile as I had a tiny chip on my front tooth that he al fixed (which looks super natural)I flet no pain or any difficulty after my appointment, I am definitely going back to optismile to Dr Shaa.
Christopher B.
Christopher B.
Very professional, warm and accommodating. I would recommend to anyone
Sharene Van V.
Sharene Van V.
This might be a longer read than the usual review but this is the one that should matter most. Where to start... years and years of hiding my smile behind my hands or my hair (23 years)...and then we got a job on a remote island in Fiji half way around the world. Being in the hospitality industry and engaging with so many guests just made that a bit more of an issue. So when we got the job i said i will only take it if after the first year I can fix my teeth. So i googled and thanks to my miss spelling Optismile popped up. Due to the time difference between SA and Fiji we struggled to find a time that would work...and this is where it started. Dr Clifford moved things and made a time to do a video call interview and from the moment speaking to him I knew this was where I wanted to have my teeth done...but then the time we had available in SA was extremely short for the preparation leading up to my new vaneers but even that would not stop Dr Clifford from giving me a new outlook and a new smile. We flew half way around the world...drove from Yzerfontein to Seapoint for each of my appointments and the day before returning to Fiji I had my beautiful new pearlies...and some extra goodies to ensure that I am able to keep them pearly till our next return. In the chair his assistant was amazing knowing with each movement of my tongue where I needed suction and Dr Clifford was just the most caring soft handed Dentist ever. I am truly grateful to him and his team and there is only 1 choice to make if you need dentistry and that is Optismile. Nothing was impossible for Dr Clifford. Thank you for giving me a new smile I am finally whole.
Brandon K.
Brandon K.
Fantastic rooms, amazing dentist and dental assitant, world class service. 11 out of 10 💫
Caroline G.
Caroline G.
I started treatment here with the best mouth survey I’ve ever had with Cara using the latest high tech equipment and was given a clear dental plan.I was personally very encouraged with the health summary for my gums and teeth as I’m 61 and as an adolescent in the 70’s had 4 double teeth pulled and the whole UK train tracks of amalgam in most double teeth by the end of my teens, several ‘on trend’ root canals in the 1980’s which wasn’t the best start for strong teeth in older age. I spent the 1990’s slowly having amalgam out and gold or porcelain or composite fillings put in.I’ve seen a lot of dentists over the years and am only writing all this to encourage you if you are nervous or know you need some work.At Optismile I had the most gentle drilling I have ever had on an old large filling that needed replacing.It was superb work. Even the anesthetic was just what was needed and wore off gently and quickly.Highly recommended. Great value.
Tom D.
Tom D.
Brought my three daughters here (8,6,4) and we had a great experience all around. Highly recommend!
Bram L.
Bram L.
My experience with OptiSmile was great. I managed to get an appointment very quickly for my tooth ache and the support over phone in preparation of the appointment was much welcome and appreciated. Dr Clifford is very friendly and helped me out efficiently without having to go through unnecessary screens and test.
Isla G.
Isla G.
Hands down, best dentist I’ve ever been to. Professional, incredibly experienced, very nice surroundings, and exceptionally good with my children. Highly recommend.
Ethan B.
Ethan B.
Recently had my teeth done by DR Keira and I’m very pleased with the results. I don’t feel insecure about my smile anymore and find myself smiling a lot more !
Aaron J.
Aaron J.
Absolutely top-class and excellent in all aspects. Wonderful and friendly people throughout and world-class expertise, equipment, and care that is unmatched from anywhere else that I have seen. Highly recommend!
Katherine B.
Katherine B.
What a pleasant and seamless experience at Optismile. Friendly service and excellent dental advice! Thank you taking care of my teeth!
Aubrey F.
Aubrey F.
Very professionalChanged circumstances caused cancellation of appointment on Thursday
Oliver F.
Oliver F.
The best experience. I was suffering from a cracked tooth whilst travelling and contacted OptiSmile on NYE. I received fast and friendly responses with an appointment on the 2nd. They quickly identified and resolved the issue for me. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The actual space is beautifully designed and belongs in Switzerland. If only all dentists and healthcare providers were so great. Thank you!
John O.
John O.
Dr Clifford was beyond amazing. Best experience I’ve ever had with a dentist. Facilities and technology they use are the best I’ve ever seen. I went in with an issue my dentist had recommended a root canal for and wanted a second opinion. Dr Clifford said it wasn’t necessary and fixed my issue in a much less invasive fashion. Thankyou so much!
Ronan I.
Ronan I.
Absolutely amazing experience. I had a year and a half of Invisalign and then had Injection Molding done to finish it off. I had a completely new smile and a comfortable bite. I felt looked after through the entire experience, Optismile always went the extra mile for me.
David G.
David G.
Unbelievable results - I could not be happier! OptiSmile and Dr Harris Smeyatsky are among the best professionals I've ever worked with. Everything from the service, to the patient care, to the expertise, and importantly the final result, all of it was a pleasure.Dr Harris Smeyatsky is an expert and perfectionist. I felt like I could completely trust his advice and everything he was doing during my Invisalign and final bonding treatment, and I'm very grateful that he was my orthodontist during this process.Would highly recommend them!
Marlon M.
Marlon M.
Dr Steyn is an excellent dentist and the facility is world class with knowledgeable and pleasant staff
Wilmé Verwoerd W.
Wilmé Verwoerd W.
Couldn't be happier! Incredible service from start to finish with the entire team and Dr Harris & Clifford. Communicating via whatsapp and having friendly reception staff made the overall journey so much easier and enjoyable. Harris is THE guy to do invisilign with in South Africa and I can see why. 10/10 for results! Really enjoyed his personal and friendly approach ...he may even have convinced me that I like going to the dentist now. To finish my dental journey, I had injection bonding with Dr Clifford who was just as amazing. Will definitely only be going to Optismile for all future dental procedures. Big thanks to everyone
Bridget S.
Bridget S.
This is the most wonderful practice. I needed a lot of work done to my teeth and although I have a fear of dentists, I felt very relaxed and comfortable. I never had to wait, and the service was extremely efficient. I am very happy with the results.
Cindy C.
Cindy C.
Great service! I was on a cruise and chipped a tooth while at sea. I wanted to find a dentist at our next port in South Africa. I searched online and found OptiSmile. I was able to book an appointment online. The office was professional and the dentist fixed my tooth so that I could enjoy the rest of my cruise without worry. I highly recommend this practice.
Nzobella M.
Nzobella M.
Absolutely incredible experience from start to finish. I had been to many dentists all over the world to fix my teeth but all said it would take an average of two years. My entire treatment was complete within 4 months and I couldn’t be happier with the results. My teeth are perfect now and I cannot stop smiling. The staff and doctors were incredibly supportive and friendly and were always available to answer any questions. This is by far the best experience I’ve ever had at any dentist and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants the best!
Ingrid M.
Ingrid M.
Had the most relaxed, smooth and an amazing general experience at OptiSmile SeaPoint. Exceptional staff, super welcoming and friendly, great tech, the clinic is impeccably clean, and the attention to detail was not only impressive but very satisfying for the soul😊. I am in awe and absolutely delighted with Optismile. Dr. Cara and team, YOU ROCK💕
Ross B.
Ross B.
I couldn't recommend this practice more. I got injection molding, fillings and general teeth whitening done. They only use the best equipment, I felt super safe and comfortable every consultation/treatment. The offices/rooms are beautifully designed, far better than any other practice I've been to.Kinan (dentist), Olwethu (assistant) and all the other assistants involved in my treatment have been amazing. Super friendly, more than willing to explain their processes & help you pick the best treatment plan, and clearly care about their patients. Clear professionals, they're so good at what they do.I will say it's quite expensive but if you're able to pay for it, it is worth every cent!
Kowie L.
Kowie L.
Great equipment and staff to assisting in delivering an unforgettable experience.Took about a year to get the perfect smile!
Kim M
Kim M
I couldn’t have asked for more caring, kind and compassionate people to help me with my complicated case. I had a car accident many years ago and had prior work done by another practice which I started to experience severe problems with. I was so anxious to have them fixed but I’m so glad I came here and went ahead. They were incredible at taking care of my case and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. Dr Clifford & his wife even came in on the weekend to help me when I was experiencing pain as well as dropped off painkillers and a care package when I was too weak to leave my house. I had to come in for an appointment on my birthday and the whole practice sang happy birthday to me. Thank you Optismile. I am very grateful for your professionalism, your thoughtfulness and for giving me my smile back! I will recommend you to everyone I know.
Lindsey H.
Lindsey H.
Very professional & accommodating, special thanks to Zanele, Verona & Dr Louis.
Benedetta T.
Benedetta T.
I had a very good experience at Optismile. Great attention for the patient. I’m very grateful to Dr Harris and Dr. Cara for making my smile looking beautiful 😍 and to the rest of the staff to be so patient and caring.
Patrick S.
Patrick S.
Most professional dentist I know, having lived in Netherlands, Belgium, and been to Dentists in US and Spain as well
Stephani S.
Stephani S.
I expected professionalism at OptiSmile, of course. What really pleased me was the caring attitude and approach to patients. In addition, the office was gleaming, clean with all the latest technology to take the experience truly to the next level. Most of all, though, is my appreciation for Dr. Shaa. He was totally with me in guiding and helping me to understand the procedure and his technique. I would highly recommend Dr. Shaa and OptiSmile. 5 stars +++.
Tania B.
Tania B.
Easy booking system. Instead of sitting in the waiting room filing in forms, I could do it online and save time. Was greeted and welcomed with a great smile and service by Widaad & I walked away with a whiter brighter smile given to me by Dr. Kinan and Olwethu, explaining the procedure step by step.
Kathryn S.
Kathryn S.
After my initial appointment via Google Teems I am impressed friendly and kind, for clarity, I have not had any treatment or follow-ups yet.
Sharon M.
Sharon M.
Very professional and welcoming. I felt like I was in safe hands. My treatment options were explained fully and I feel confident that I will receive the best possible care. So pleased to have found OptiSmile.
Melissa K.
Melissa K.
Dr Yudelman goes over and beyond to make his patients feel at ease and comfortable. From the advanced technology at the practice to the beautiful atmosphere, this has to be the best dentist visit I’ve ever experienced.
Anette A.
anette A.
Extremely professional. I would recommend them to anyone
Michael M.
Michael M.
Without a doubt the best dentist I have ever been to.Super friendly and efficient service, and the quality of the dentistry and work carried out is of the highest standard.
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