What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers, also known as dental veneers, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are cemented onto the front of the teeth to change the shape, color and size of your teeth, achieving the perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile.
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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 of porcelain.
When would I need a veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Change the size, shape and color of your teeth permanently
Create a very natural appearance
Conservative preparation of tooth, as compared to crowns
Instant smile transformation in just 2 appointments
What is the veneers procedure like?
After your initial consultation, the veneers procedure is typically completed within two sessions. On your first visit, your dentist may do minimal preparations, take impressions and place temporary restorations. In addition, your dentist may create a mockup or wax that allows you to “try on” your new smile. The dentist can also stimulate the final result through digital smile design.
After a few days, you will come for your second appointment to test and fit your veneers. Once all the necessary adjustments are done, your veneers will be bonded to your teeth.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers are made from incredibly durable material but just like your natural teeth, they can crack or break under pressure. With meticulous oral hygiene and routine dental checkups and maintenance, veneers can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years.
How to care for your veneers?
Taking care of your veneers is no different from looking after your natural teeth – brush twice a day with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste, floss once daily and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. If you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend a nightguard to avoid damaging your veneers.