A veneer is a wafer-thin piece of material, usually porcelain, that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers can completely transform your smile, giving you the freedom to smile with confidence and live your life to the full.
Most veneers are made of porcelain. It is a strong material that closely resembles the texture and appearance of a human tooth. It can easily be matched to the colour of the other team to seamlessly blend into the smile.
What are Dental Veneers?
A veneer is a wafer-thin piece of material, usually porcelain, that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. Porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile, giving you the freedom to smile with confidence and live your life to the full.
Veneers will change the colour, shape, size or length of your teeth and will truly transform a smile.
Porcelain veneers will provide the most natural looking result. They are one of the strongest materials used that closely resemble the texture and appearance of a humans natural tooth. Their colours are shade matched to your other teeth and their shape will vary to fit the proportions of your teeth to blend in seamlessly. Each porcelain veneer is bespoke and hand made, by our experienced and skilled dental technicians, in line with the needs and requests of each patient.
What are the Different Types of Veneers?
There are two main types of dental veneers: porcelain veneers and composite veneers.
1. Porcelain Veneers: These veneers are made of thin sheets of porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of the tooth. They are known for their durability, stain-resistance, and natural-looking appearance. Porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance of discoloured, worn, uneven, chipped, or gapped teeth.
2. Composite Veneers: These veneers are made of a tooth-coloured composite resin material that is directly applied to the front surface of the tooth. They are a more affordable option than porcelain veneers and can be completed in one visit, but they are not as durable and stain-resistant as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers can be used to improve the appearance of discoloured, chipped, or uneven teeth.
What Problems can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Veneers can be used cover up issues that make us self conscious when we smile. They can be used to fix teeth that are:
– Worn down
– Chipped or broken
– Misaligned, odd shapes or uneven
– Spaced out and have gaps between them
– Discoloured due to:
—- Root canal treatment
—- Old large composite fillings
—- Excessive fluoride
—- Stains from tetracycline or other drugs
What Are The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that can improve the appearance of discolored, worn, uneven, chipped, or gapped teeth. They offer several advantages, such as:
However, it’s important to note that porcelain veneers also have some disadvantages. The treatment is irreversible, and porcelain veneers are more expensive than other materials. People who clench and grind their teeth are not ideal candidates for porcelain veneers as it can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
Patients can sometimes become lazy when it comes to cleaning their teeth after veneers are fitted, which can cause unwanted cavities and decay. Therefore, it’s important to ensure you are brushing your teeth well at home and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly to maintain good oral hygiene. Additionally, the shade or colour of a veneer cannot be altered once it has been cemented. If you plan on having porcelain veneers make sure to whiten the other teeth prior to getting your veneers fitted.
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Veneers can be used in a wide range of situations to improve the appearance of unsightly teeth.
They are a fast, effective solution that is less invasive than procedures like crowns or dental implants.
Veneers give the appearance of a wider, brighter and healthy smile.
They are more permanent and longer lasting than tooth whitening or other ‘freshening up’ treatments.
If you are self conscious of your smile and to do something about it, your best bet is to go to Holford Partners Curaden. We guarantee effective and long-lasting results, bringing your confidence to the next level. So book an appointment to see us now.
Porcelain veneers can be matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth, and the porcelain material does not stain as easily as natural tooth enamel. This makes them an effective solution for teeth that have been discoloured by food, drinks, tobacco, or medications. They can also be used to correct discoloration caused by tooth trauma, aging, or congenital defects.
Veneers are usually fitted over the course of three visits.
Your first appointment will be to discuss exactly what you want to achieve and how veneers can achieve this result. You are in control of how your smile will look – with the guidance of a trained and experienced dentist, of course! If you’re going for a smile makeover, now would be the time to get your teeth whitened too.
At your second appointment, the teeth being fitted with veneers will need to be prepped. This involves removing a small amount of the natural tooth to accommodate the shell of the veneer and ensure it fits snugly into place and well aligned with the rest of your teeth. Your dentist will use detailed impressions of your teeth to create the individual shapes of your new veneers. It will then be sent to the dental laboratory to be created, exactly to the specifications provided by your dentist.
Your third and final visit will see the veneers bonded to your teeth, permanently transforming the appearance of your smile – and you!
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Porcelain veneers will generally last between 7 and 15 years. However we have some patients who were treated over 20 years ago and still very happy with the results. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.
Yes, preparation is required before getting porcelain veneers. A small amount of tooth enamel may need to be removed to make room for the veneer. This is a simple and painless procedure that can be done in a single visit to the dentist. If you would prefer to have non-prep veneers then composite veneers/bonding may be a more desirable treatment option.
Porcelain veneers are not painful, but you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure. This is normal and should subside within a few days. Before the procedure, your dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. You may feel some pressure or vibration during the tooth preparation process, but it should not be painful. After the procedure, you may experience some mild sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, but this is usually temporary.
Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain medication to manage any discomfort and also give you specific instructions on how to care for your teeth and gums after the procedure. It’s important to follow these instructions closely to help minimize any post-procedure discomfort and to ensure proper healing.
If you experience any severe pain or discomfort, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Porcelain veneers are a permanent treatment as they involve removing a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for the veneer, and once they are bonded to the tooth, they cannot be easily removed. The veneers can be removed however, this process can cause further removal of the natural tooth structure and is not reversible.
Once the veneers are removed, the natural teeth will not look the same as before the treatment, as the teeth will have been slightly reshaped during the preparation process. Therefore, before deciding to get porcelain veneers, it’s important to discuss the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives with your dentist, and also to consider whether the treatment is suitable or not.
It’s also worth noting that even if the veneers are removed, the underlying issues that led to the need for veneers will still be present, such as discoloration, gaps, or misshapen teeth, so it’s important to consider all options before making a decision.
After getting porcelain veneers, it’s important to avoid certain foods and drinks for a period of time to allow the dental cement to fully cure and bond the veneers to your teeth. Your dentist will provide specific instructions on what you can and cannot eat or drink, but generally, it’s recommended to avoid hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy foods for at least 24-48 hours after the procedure.
It’s also important to avoid eating or drinking anything that can stain the veneers, such as coffee, tea, or red wine, for at least a few days after the procedure. It’s also important to avoid using tobacco products as they can discolour the veneers and also reduce the bonding strength.
You can typically eat and drink normally after this period, but it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly, to keep your veneers and natural teeth clean and healthy.
Alternative treatments to veneers include composite bonding and crowns. Veneers are a nice in-between option. Veneers may be your best choice if you want to change the shape of your teeth more than just a little bit, as is done with bonding, but not enough to require a full crown which wraps around the entire tooth.