Porcelain veneers are amongst the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments because of their versatility and appearance.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front side of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth. They are made of either thin plastic resin or porcelain and can be placed to:
Tooth preparation is normally minimal and is confined to the enamel's structure. The veneer is then bonded to the tooth structure with tooth coloured resin. Several visits are necessary to complete treatment.
You need to be aware that this is normally an irreversible process because of the need to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Once they are fixed to your teeth, porcelain veneers should be treated like your natural teeth. Don’t miss your visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning and dental examination. Be sure to brush and floss daily to clean your teeth properly. There is no special treatment needed to care for your veneers.
The procedure normally takes two visits to complete. The process starts by making an impression of your teeth and then creating a mould of how your teeth will appear once the veneers are placed. The mould is sent to a lab where the veneers are customised for your smile, this portion of the process typically takes a few weeks.
When they are ready and are the correct shape, colour, and translucency, a special tooth coloured cement is used to bond the veneers to the front of each tooth.
But before the bonding procedure your teeth must be prepped to receive the veneers and this often includes a cleaning and light sanding. Once the veneers are placed, they are shaped and adjusted to enhance your mouth shape. Once you are satisfied with the appearance of the veneers, a special light will be used to harden the cement and bond the veneers to your teeth. Your dentist will check your bite for comfort and functionality and confirm the perfect fit.