Veneers, are they for you?
Veneers are a sensible option for you in the following cases:
If your teeth are badly discoloured and the discolouration cannot be remedied by bleaching (for instance if it is caused by the antibiotic Tetracycline).
For minor cases of misalignment and erosion If you are not satisfied with the result that bleaching has achieved and would like even whiter teeth.
To fill small gaps between teeth where orthodontics aren’t suitable.
What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour “composite” material is used instead.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Because they are very thin and held in place by a special bond (much like superglue) often very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
Things your dentist will watch out for when assessing you for veneers:
If you grind or clench at night [Bruxism] as this can break veneers.
Only getting one or two veneers as matching colours with your existing teeth can be difficult.
If you have an under bite as this may chip the veneers on upper teeth.
How are teeth prepared for a veneer?
Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed to make sure the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of the tooth removed will vary depending on a number of factors but will be the same thickness as the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size.
Once the tooth has been prepared the dentist will take an impression (mould). This will be sent to a dental technician along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the veneer is matched on a shade guide to make sure it will look entirely natural.
About two to three weeks later the veneers will be made and ready to be bonded into place with a special adhesive.
Veneers look natural - The most important reason for veneers looking natural is that they are essentially made of glass and this allows light to pass through them, hit the tooth structure and bounce back out. In this sense veneers are said to be refractive like the enamel on a natural tooth.
How long will a veneer last?
Veneers should last for many years but they can break or chip just as your own teeth can. Your dentist will tell you how long each individual veneer should last. Having veneers fitted provides you with a naturally radiant smile. Patients report greater self esteem and a keener enjoyment of life when they have beautifully veneered teeth.Veneers are the best way to give you as brighter coloured teeth as you may wish when the teeth themselves are not heavily restored. Those incredibly white smiles you see on actors are often provided with porcelain veneers.If you are concerned with the colour of your teeth or perhaps the shape or position of your teeth then come in for a consultation with our team so that together we can help assess your smile and determine what is the best way that porcelain veneers can help give the smile that you’ve always wanted.