Veneers enhance, improve or change the appearance of your teeth. They are generally made from 2 types of materials, porcelain and composite resin.
Porcelain veneers look the best, last, the longest and are the most popular choice. The procedure usually requires some slight to moderate tooth and enamel preparation (drilling) to achieve the best possible contour and natural appearance.
Why do I need a Veneer?
Veneers are a fast and effective way to treat dental imperfections like chipped teeth, misaligned teeth, crooked teeth, discolouration, gaps between teeth and worn teeth that makes your smile less attractive. If you’ve ever wanted that beautiful Hollywood smile, almost instantly, veneer treatment is for you!
Installation of veneers usually takes two appointments.
First appointment: Impressions of your teeth will be taken to prepare your veneers and ensure they fit properly against your individual smile. Your teeth will also be prepared for your veneers. This means shaving off a small portion of the enamel so your new veneers will not appear bulky or out of place. Once fitted, they will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. While you wait for the veneers to be created in the laboratory, you will be fitted with temporary veneers to protect your teeth.
Your temporary veneers will be removed and your new permanent veneers will be bonded to your teeth. We will discuss with you any final questions you may have and how best to care for your new smile.
Are there any risks and how should veneers be maintained?
Composite Veneers can wear under pressure, so if you are prone to grinding your teeth, you might want to protect them while you sleep. As they are also not as stain-resistant as natural teeth or porcelain teeth, avoiding food and drinks that can exacerbate staining as well as regular polishing is advised.
Porcelain teeth are much more similar to your natural teeth, and are always ‘measured and fitted’ in such a way that will be molded to fit your mouth, so are less susceptible to the above concerns. Take care of them as you would to your natural teeth and they can stay with you for decades!