Porcelain Veneers / Laminates
A dental veneer is a thin layer or shell of material that covers the front visible part of your tooth. It is similar in concept to how fake nails are stuck onto your real ones.
They can change the color, shape, length and size of your teeth to give you a great improvement in appearance.
They are sometimes called ‘Porcelain veneers’ or ‘dental laminates‘ and are an important part of the expanding world of cosmetic dentistry
Most of the celebrities and beauty queens get this treatment to get the perfect smile they have always wanted.
- Natural looking results
Porcelain veneers provide a very natural tooth appearance. They mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth and characteristics of tooth enamel incredibly well. They can be made very thin and translucent.
- Very durable material Long lasting solution
In suitable cases that are executed well by the dentist and well looked after by you, porcelain veneers can be expected to give 10 -15 years service. There is of course risks and complications to veneers -they could chip, come off or be damaged and need to be repaired or replaced.
- Match existing teeth
The color of the porcelain veneer can be made to match your natural teeth very closely. In most cases it is not necessary to veneer all your teeth as part of a Hollywood style makeover, unless that is what you want.
- Dramatic and quick results
That said, multiple veneers can produce very dramatic and almost instant improvements in your smile- as ‘before and after’ photos clearly demonstrate. Just be fully aware of the process and what you are actually having done.
- Correct multiple flaws
Porcelain veneers can improve shape, color and position (if minor) all at once. Therefore if you have a range of cosmetic flaws such as spaces, discolouration, staining, chipped or fractured teeth, these can all be dealt with at the same time. A combined approach using other treatments may be needed depending on the situation.
- Conservative Approach
This type of veneer requires the removal of less tooth structure than a full crown- providing a conservative alternative. Because of this they are much less likely to affect the nerve inside the tooth than a porcelain crown. That said, they are more destructive to your natural teeth than tooth bonding or composite veneers.
- Combined with other cosmetic treatments.
Porcelain veneers may be used in combination with treatments such as crowns, bridges, dental implants, orthodontics, teeth whitening, even tooth bonding to achieve a smile makeover.
The porcelain of a veneer will blend exactly with the porcelain of crowns, implants and bridges if they are made at the same time (i.e. from the same mix of porcelain) to give a perfectly uniform colour to your teeth. Assuming of course, that the tooth underneath isn’t so dark it influences the colour.
Veneers can be used to fix just a few teeth, all the teeth or to mix and match with other treatments to meet your cosmetic goals. For example, after whitening your teeth, you may find that it’s only the gap between your front teeth that you wish to fix and just two veneers can give you a great outcome instead of the expense and destruction of a 6 or 8 veneers.
- Relatively quick
Once the decision to have veneers has been made, it’s normally just two or three appointments spaced out over a couple of weeks. If your dentist has cad-cam technology sometimes it can be completed the same day- though the results from an experienced ceramicist (technician) tend to be superior and noticeably more natural.
- Stain resistant
Porcelain resists the classic stains of coffee, tea, smoking and soft drinks very well and can look as good as the day they were put in for years to come. Gums also respond well to porcelain margins making them (when done correctly) very well tolerated and easy to keep clean.
- Strengthen teeth and restore function
They can help strengthen fractured teeth and restore them to normal function. Remember that porcelain veneers are not as strong as untouched natural teeth and as such need to be treated with a bit of r.e.s.p.e.c.t. and extra care. That said, they are not too far away and bonding technology is advancing all the time.
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor misalignment
- Have good periodontal and overall oral health
- Be committed to proper oral care and hygiene
- Have specific cosmetic goals, which they can articulate to their dentists at their initial consultations, as well as realistic expectations
- Have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel, as dentists usually remove a thin layer of enamel before placing veneers