Porcelain dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain which a dentist can bond to the front of your teeth to improve the appearance of gaps, chips, cracks, discolouration, and misalignment in teeth, without the need for major surgery. Porcelain veneers have a similar strength and colour to natural teeth. The layers of translucent porcelain allow light to shine through, reflecting off the opaque tooth dentine below the surface, giving the appearance of brighter, natural-looking teeth, thereby offering an excellent option to help rejuvenate your smile.
During your initial consultation at our practice, you will discuss your aesthetic goals for correcting and improving your smile with your dentist.
Your dentist will give detailed design specifications regarding shape, colour, and translucency of your new veneers to the lab.
The dentist will then arrange your follow-up appointments and tell you what to expect over the next few appointments.
During the second appointment, the dentist will prepare your teeth for your new porcelain veneers. Doing so requires buffing off about half a millimetre of tooth enamel to adjust for the added thickness of the veneers.
This is a painless procedure.
Next, your dentist will take a mould of your mouth to send to the laboratory, where they will craft your porcelain veneers to match your teeth.
Making a natural looking porcelain veneer is an art form, that’s why we use only the very best dental labs.
We will provide you with temporary veneers during this stage. This will allow you to get used to the new shape of your teeth while you wait.
After two or three weeks, your porcelain veneers will be ready.
On your return to our dental spa practice, you will be able to examine the veneers to assess their colour and shape. They will then be permanently cemented to your teeth.
After your porcelain veneers have been permanently fixed to your teeth, you should care for them just as you would natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will maintain them over time. It should take several weeks for you to adjust to the new feel of your teeth, but very soon, they will feel absolutely natural.
Porcelain veneers are not the only option for restoring broken, chipped, or discoloured teeth. There are other cosmetic dentistry alternatives to consider. Porcelain crowns, composite bonding, and teeth whitening can all improve the aesthetics of your smile.