Porcelain Veneers will perfect your smile by evening and smoothing out your smile line, greatly improving the shade of your existing teeth and will evenly proportion the size and width of your teeth to give you that beautiful, perfect smile!
Once bonded on they become very strong and are more resistant to discolouration and staining than tooth coloured (composite resin) fillings. Veneers do not replace crowns which are often still required for structural reasons.
Tooth shapes may be altered using porcelain veneers and crowns thus improving tooth alignment without having to undergo orthodontics when the alignment discrepancy is mild to moderate.
The great advantage of a veneer is that only minimal tooth preparation is usually required making this is a relatively conservative procedure, with the potential for a dramatic improvement in appearance.
Sometimes the technique can also be used on back teeth.
Before the veneers are applied your dentist will prepare your teeth. This is a simple procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthetic, requiring the removal of thin pieces of the tooth structure to permit room for the veneers.
This is a small amount and generally the same thickness as the veneer. Once the teeth are ready we will create impressions and your new veneers will be manufactured from models cast from the impressions. We will also discuss colour shades and shapes to help plan your perfect smile.
The veneers will be fitted and applied to the teeth using dental adhesive. The result is a strong 'sandwich' restoration.
How long do dental veneers last?
They should be in place for many years if you look after them well.
They can break and become chipped just like natural teeth and you will need to take care when playing sports or eating hard foods.
Why can't I just whiten my teeth instead?
In some cases, professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile and revive your appearance. When you have old fillings, gaps, permanent stains, or chips, bleaching your teeth won't help.
Porcelain veneers literally cover the teeth and create a straight, attractive smile. Occasionally whitening is indicated before veneers or crowns are done to prevent dark colours shining through the thin porcelain and distorting the lovely new colour.
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