What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers or to use their other name – ‘laminates’ – are a thin shell like covering which resembles the shape of a natural tooth and is made from a range of materials.
These include ceramic, porcelain and composite bonding, but the most popular type of veneer is porcelain.
Another type of veneer is what is known as the ‘no-prep veneer’ which means little or no preparation.
Why do we make dental veneers?
Porcelain veneers have a lifelike appearance with the strength, beauty and durability that only porcelain restorations can offer. In addition, they will not discolor or wear like natural tooth enamel. They look completely natural and can correct tooth size, shape and even misalignment. Veneers also give you a stunning white smile.
Porcelain veneers can correct:
- Spaces between your teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Dark, yellow or stained teeth
How are porcelain veneers made?
Meticulous measurements and photographs are used to evaluate your smile needs and determine what it will take to produce a perfect smile for you. The dentist will select the exact size, shape and color of your veneers to ensure that they are beautiful and natural-looking.
The first visit involves the dentist checking the health of your teeth before administering a local anaesthetic. The dentist will reshape the tooth which will be fitted with a veneer. He or she will then take an impression of your teeth. The production of your veneer/s will take a few days to prepare.
The second visit involves the actual fitting of the porcelain veneer. The veneer is fixed into position with the cement before being given a final clean and polish.