Veneers: Porcelain & Composite

Veneers: Porcelain & Composite

Porcelain Dental Veneers at Chapel Gate Dental

Porcelain Dental Veneers

Chapel Gate Dental offers porcelain dental veneers to completely reshape your teeth and transform your smile. In some cases, porcelain teeth veneers can be used as an alternative to porcelain crowns, providing an ideal solution for treating a variety of dental concerns such as unsightly, crooked or misshapen teeth.

What Are Porcelain Teeth Veneers?

Porcelain teeth veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom made for shape and colour and bonded directly onto a tooth, helping to instantly improve the appearance of a tooth and create a beautiful and attractive smile. Porcelain veneers are strong, stain resistant and can last several decades.

What Dental Concerns Can Porcelain Veneers Address?

Porcelain veneers can address a variety of dental concerns. 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

Porcelain dental veneers can be applied to one or more teeth to match existing teeth, or all visible teeth can be veneered to change the overall appearance of your teeth. Ask your dentist about trial demonstrations which can be arranged prior to treatment.

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers Over Composite Veneers?

Porcelain veneers offer some benefits over composite veneers, including:

  • Dark lines are unlikely to form around the veneer
  • The translucency of porcelain gives a much more natural look
  • Porcelain veneers are long-lasting
  • Following treatment, minimal maintenance is required

What Types of Dental Veneers Are There?

There are 2 types of Veneers:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Composite Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are made to fit and colour match with your teeth. These are bonded onto the front of your teeth to create a natural look.

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What is the Procedure for Porcelain Veneers?

Generally, three dental appointments are required to get porcelain dental veneers. These appointments are spread over a 2-week period.

First Visit: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

  • We discuss what you wish to achieve
  • We determine if veneers are appropriate for your teeth or if you could benefit from other options such as porcelain crown dental treatment
  • We will explain the procedure to you
  • We will take x-rays and impressions of your 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 it to the lab for preparing your porcelain veneers
  • We place temporary veneers while your permanent veneers are being prepared (this generally takes 1-2 weeks)

Final Visit: Bonding

  • We will temporarily fit your veneers on your teeth to ensure proper fit and match
  • If necessary, we will make adjustments to improve fit or colour matching
  • We perform final bonding of the porcelain veneers onto your teeth

How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?

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

Composite Veneers

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

Composite veneers can be bonded in a single dental visit and are a less expensive option, but they’re not as durable as porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.

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Tips for Keeping Your Porcelain Veneers Looking Great

Looking after your porcelain veneers can help you maintain a bright, healthy smile. First, make sure to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Floss daily to prevent plaque buildup between teeth. Avoid excessive consumption of staining foods and drinks like coffee, red wine and tomato sauce, or rinse your mouth afterward. Refrain from biting hard objects like ice or pens, as veneers can chip or crack. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial for professional cleaning and to monitor the condition of your veneers over time.

Contact Chapel Gate Dental Today

If you’re interested in getting porcelain dental veneers, arrange a consultation at Chapel Gate Dental today. Make an appointment online or visit our contact page to get in touch via your preferred method.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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