Your dentist may recommend a veneer to cover discoloured, stained, crooked, chipped or otherwise misaligned teeth. For some patients this treatment can be very effective and has a dramatic and positive impact on their smile. Book a consultation with one of our dentists to see if your teeth are suitable for porcelain veneers.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are dental treatment for people often used by those who want a cosmetic solution to an imperfect smile. Porcelain veneers are highly durable and can withstand biting and chewing, so also provides an additional layer of protection from wear and damage. Of course, the extent to which veneers can hold up depends upon the strength and health of the underlying natural teeth to which they are bonded. Veneers are carefully crafted thin shells that are bonded to the surface of your tooth in order to improve their appearance or protect them from further damage. These thin shells or laminates are customised to fit exactly over your existing teeth so that they create the appearance of real teeth. The ceramic material used in porcelain veneers possesses a translucency that resembles that of teeth enamel. In this way, they reflect light in a similar way in order to give that natural shine.
When might you consider veneers?
If you smile less than you want, perhaps shying away from the camera or stiffening your lips to hide your teeth then dental veneers are one solution for attaining a perfect smile. You may not be happy with the appearance of your teeth due to cracks, misalignment or discolouration. Veneers can be an option for people who, for example, wish to hide teeth stains caused by years of smoking or wine drinking that cannot be removed through teeth whitening. Due to the smooth surface of the ceramic material, stain-causing substances find it difficult to stick, hence making porcelain veneers highly stain resistant. However, it is still advisable to cut down on stain-causing substances in the interests of your general health and wellbeing. If you are looking for a way to make your smile look natural and youthful, then veneers are worth considering. Even on close inspection, it is difficult for people to distinguish veneers from real teeth, but instead people will just notice a wonderful, confident smile.
What does the procedure involve?
Whilst assessing your suitability for veneers, our dentists will present you with all possible treatment options for your teeth. The application of veneers is then usually completed within two appointments. During the first appointment, one of our dentists will take a mould of your teeth which will then serve as a blueprint for creating the veneers according to your precise needs and measurements. They will discuss with you what type of look and appearance you are after and the dentists will explain how they can best achieve a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile that suits you individually. The ultra-thin veneer will then be designed and made so that in the second appointment it can be bonded to your existing tooth. Dental veneers are a minimally invasive procedure that can dramatically enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile, resulting in a wonderful transformation.