Veneers: Porcelain & Composite

What are Porcelain Dental Veneers?

Porcelain Dental Veneers

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

Unsightly, crooked or misshapen teeth can be enhanced by using techniques involving aesthetic dentistry. Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped composite or porcelain that are custom made (for shape and colour) and bonded directly onto a tooth often without the use of drilling or an injection, to instantly improve the appearance of a tooth and to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Longer lasting techniques may involve placing porcelain veneers, which does involve minor drilling and injections. However, porcelain veneers are very strong, stain resistant and can last several decades.

Either way, you don’t have to hide yourself away ever again when the camera comes out – you too can smile with confidence with your newly enhanced pearly whites!

What kind of problems do Dental Veneers Fix?

Veneers can be the solution to a variety of dental problems. Some of these include:

  • Crooked, oddly shaped or misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Broken, chipped or worn teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Permanently stained or discoloured teeth

Veneers can be applied to one or more teeth to match in with existing teeth or all visible teeth can be veneered to change the overall colour of your teeth. Ask your dentist about trial demonstrations which can be arranged prior to any treatment.

Other benefits of veneers include:

  • Dark lines are unlikely to form around the veneer
  • Translucency gives a much more natural look
  • Cost-effective treatment option, especially composite resin veneers
  • When compared to other cosmetic work they often require less of the natural tooth to be removed
  • In some cases, veneers can be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment
  • Following treatment, they require minimal maintenance which includes good oral hygiene practices and polishing from time to time if the veneers are composed of composite resin. This can usually be completed during regular dental check-ups

What Types of Dental Veneers are there?

There are 2 types of Veneers.

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Composite Veneers

1. Porcelain Veneers:

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are made to fit and colour match with your teeth. Veneers are strong and are bonded on to the front of your teeth. Veneers recreate the natural look of teeth.

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What is the Procedure for Porcelain Veneers?

Generally, 3 dental appointments are required to get dental veneers. These appointments are spread over a 2 weeks period.

1st Visit: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

  • We discuss with you and ascertain what you wish to achieve
  • We will examine if  Veneers are appropriate for your teeth or if other better options are available
  • We will explain the procedure to you
  • We will take X-ray and impression of your tooth/teeth and mouth

Second Visit: Preparation

  • We prepare your tooth/teeth by removing 0.5 millimetres of enamel from the tooth surface. If necessary, we will give local anaesthesia
  • We will make a model and send to the lab for preparing Veneers
  • We place temporary veneers while your permanent veneers are being prepared. This generally takes 1-2 weeks./teeth and mouth

Final Visit: Bonding

  • We will temporarily fit your permanent veneers on your tooth to make sure they are a fit and proper match
  • If necessary, we will do fit and colour match
  • Final bonding of the permanent veneers onto your tooth

How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?

Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced. The longevity of your dental veneers will depend on your oral health hygiene habits in the past and in the future.

2. Composite Veneers:

Composite Veneers are a tooth-coloured resin material that is used to form the dental veneers. It can be applied to teeth which are stained, chipped, or have old white filling.

Composite Veneers can be bonded in a single dental visit. Composite Veneers are not as durable as Porcelain Veneers or Porcelain Crowns. However, Composite Veneers are a comparatively less expensive option.

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Is There Any Special Care required for Dental Veneers?

No Special care is required for dental veneers. However, good oral hygiene habits are recommended including brushing, flossing and rinsing.

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