veneers are extremely thin casings of ceramic that
are bonded to the front of the patients? tooth to
create a new smile. Porcelain veneers are placed over
the front of teeth that appear too small or large,
slightly discolored, or simply are not cosmetically
pleasing to the patient. For many patients, teeth
may have chipped, become discolored, or are slightly
crooked. For the majority of these patients, porcelain
veneers can prove to be the perfect solution.
When placing porcelain veneers, we pay close attention
to the patients surrounding teeth and design each
veneer to complement the overall smile. The result
is a beautiful, attractive new smile.
If cared for properly, your veneers will last you
a long time. We ensure that your new veneers are constructed
of the most durable porcelain materials available.
What Treatments or
problems are veneers used for?
There are a wide variety of reasons why patients
opt for treatment with dental veneers:
Stained Teeth -
badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth
whitening or prophyflex treatments can greatly be
improved by dental veneers, which function to cover
and "hide" any existing stains on your natural
Damaged Teeth -
teeth that have either become badly worn with excessive
grinding, by carbonated drinks, or have been chipped
or broken in an accident can benefit from veneers.
A small chip on a tooth can quickly be repaired with
composite bonding or "composite veneers"
which are one and the same thing. A single damaged
tooth can easily be repaired with a single porcelain
veneer that has the same characteristics and colour
to match your surrounding teeth so that it looks natural.
Gaps - spaces
or gaps (diastimas) between your teeth can be easily
closed using dental veneers giving you a more uniform
Crooked teeth -
although veneers are not the ideal treatment chioce
for crooked teeth and from a point of veiw of preserving
your natural teeth structure orthodontics or invisalign
braces would probably a better solution. However,
treatments can take up to a year or longer with braces.
For teeth that are not severely crooked veneers placed
over thier front surface will give a straight and
perfectly aligned looking smile. For this type of
treatment many people refer to veneers as "instant
orthodontics" since you get a similar end result
in a fraction of the time.
So which are better composite
veneers or porcelain veneers?
The most popular type of veneers are porcelain, which
offer a stronger and more durable alternative to its
composite counterpart. Composite veneers are also
more prone to staining and do not last as long as
porcelain veneers which also offer more a natural
looking, translucent tooth-like appearance. Composite
veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers in
general, but considering that they do not last as
long and need replacing more often they could end
up costing more in the long run. Composite work is
ideal for small chips as this treatment preserves
more of your natual tooth structure.
What is the proceedure
of having dental veneers fitted?
1. The first part of any dental procedure is the initial
consultation and examination so that the dentist can
get a feel for what you want and understand your needs
and concerns. The dentist should explain the treatment
procedure to you including an accurate guide to the
likely costs of your treatment.
2. Before your veneers are designed your dentist
will need to reshape and prepare the front surfaces
of your teeth so that they can accomadate the veneers.
The first stage is to numb the teeth and gums with
a local anaesthic so that you do not feel anything
during the procedure.
3. Using a special tool called a burr (a dental drill
or file) a tiny amount of the front surface of your
teeth will be shaved off. The amount removed should
be equivalent to the thickness of the veneer that
will sit over the top of the tooth.
4. Next an impression or mould (copy) of your teeth
is taken. A special dental "putty" is placed
into your mouth on a tray and pushed into your teeth
so that it takes an imprint of your teeth, similar
to how you would leave a footprint in sand.
5. This "impression" or mould of your teeth
is then sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory
use the impression to cast an accurate model of your
teeth which is used as a guide to fabricate your new
veneers, this process can tae between one to three
6. whilst you are waiting for your veneers to be
fabricated your dentist you may be fitted with some
temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth.
Not all dentists will offer temporary veneers.
7. On your second appointment your dentist will fit
your new veneers to your teeth. First the dentst may
just sit the teeth over your teeth to see how they
look with your smile and he or she may need to trim
or adjust the veneer.
8. Next your teeth will be throughly cleaned and
the front surfaces etched (roughened) with a special
acid gel so that they provide a good surface for the
dental cement to stick to.
9. The veneers are then cemented into place and a
special curing light is used to activate the dental
cement so that it permanenetly bonds the veneer to
the front surface of your prepared tooth. If there
is any excess cement it is usually trimmed away and
polished to leave a beautiful and natural looking