What is a Porcelain Veneer?
A veneer is a finely crafted shell like piece of porcelain placed on the front surface of your tooth. Veneers are an exceptional way of masking teeth with imperfections such as mild discolouration and chips. Veneers can also close gaps and improve slightly crooked teeth without undergoing orthodontic care.
Whilst the material used for a dental veneer is delicate, once bonded onto your teeth they become very strong. Porcelain is an ideal material as it mirrors the natural characteristics of tooth enamel, giving your smile a new natural lustre in as few as two appointments.
At The Dental Practice, we understand that your most expressive and personal trait is your smile. Porcelain veneers are a conservative approach that can help you attain the smile you have always desired.
Should you consider veneers?
Before deciding if your teeth are suitable for porcelain veneers, it is important that your gums are healthy and your oral hygiene routine is strictly adhered to.
Porcelain veneers are an ideal option if you would like to:
- Improve the shape and colour of your teeth
- Straighten mild to moderately crowded teeth
- Improve appearance where teeth are healthy or slightly damaged
- Close gaps
Before treatment commences, The Dental Practice team will ensure your mouth is in good oral health, as this will enable the dentist to get an accurate fit for the veneer at the gum line.
Meticulous preparation by your dentist prior to placing your veneers ensures a long lasting result. Each tooth receiving a veneer will be lightly prepared to remove a very minor amount of its outer layer so it appears the same size as your natural teeth when the veneers are placed.
Once prepared, a mould of your teeth is taken, and used as a template. From this, a skilled technician in our dental laboratory will then create your veneers. During the time it takes our technician to craft your new smile, we may place temporary veneers so you can retain a natural appearance.
At the appointment where we place the finished product, if temporary veneers were placed, they are removed and your teeth cleaned before the final veneers are bonded. This will ensure that when your veneers are secured with a formulated dental adhesive, the strongest bond possible is achieved.
When your veneers are placed over the teeth, they are adjusted for comfort and fit against your gum-line. They are examined for their colour match prior to being permanently bonded, creating your new beautiful smile.
After care for your veneers
Although veneers are crafted from high-grade porcelain, your gums and supporting teeth to which your veneers are secured still need to be kept healthy. Dental veneers should be treated with the same care as your natural teeth and therefore maintaining a thorough a home oral care routine is very important. Your regular care appointments with The Dental Practice hygiene team will also assist in keeping your new smile looking bright and healthy for many years.