The Art and Science of Porcelain Veneers
The modern porcelain veneer was developed in the 1980's and to this day is regarding the most effective method of transforming the appearance of existing teeth without major dental treatment (eg. orthodontics or crowns), offering a straighter, whiter and desirable smile. Veneers are an excellent solution for closing gaps between teeth, and creating a straight and white "Hollywood" smile.
Placing porcelain veneers is an art and a particularly demanding art – a dentist must be an artist to do them well. It also requires considerable experience to master the techniques involved.
Porcelain veneers are thin wafers of porcelain, about half a millimeter thick (the thickness of a fingernail) that are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a smile makeover. They are permanent, custom-shaped and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer. Porcelain mimics tooth structure better than any other restorative material.
The veneers are custom made by our dental lab to match your needs before being permanently fused to the tooth enamel. And unless the surface is damaged they very rarely discolour.
We can manipulate the colour and translucency to re-create the look of any tooth. Done well, they create a beautiful result.
A Full Smile Makeover can make a significant contribution to self-confidence – for both men and women.
Maintaining your Veneers
Like your natural teeth, veneers need to be looked after and treated with care. Like real teeth, they are not immune to strong impacts such as sporting accidents which could normally damage your teeth, but thankfully a veneer can usually be quickly replaced. The key to maintaining a smile is to follow the hygiene instructions provided by your dentist, including brushing, flossing and regular check-ups.
Benefits of porcelain veneers include:
- Improve the appearance of your smile
- Whiten discoloured and stained teeth
- Cover cracks, chips and serrations
- Close gaps in the teeth
- Restore the shape of crooked teeth