Some people want an instant white smile with straight beautiful teeth, but for various reasons they cannot achieve their goals through whitening and/or braces. Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers are a great alternative that has been around for many years. These life-like facings require minimal tooth reduction. They can be used to treat various problems like to straighten , to lengthen teeth or to reduce a gummy smile . Pretreatment mock-ups are recommended. With the latest advances in bonded dentistry, Veneers are more beautiful and longer lasting than ever.
What is a porcelain or ceramic or zirkonia veneer?
- A veneer is a thin facing of porcelain that is bonded to the front visible surface of a tooth. Dental Veneers can be made from Porcelain or Zirkonia or Emax etc.
- It is similar to a false fingernail.
- The appearance of a tooth can be dramatically improved by a veneer restoration.
- It can change the colour, shape, size and appearance of a tooth.
How do I know I need a veneer?
Porcelain veneers are ideal for front teeth if you have any of the following problems?
- Stained and discoloured teeth.
- Fillings that are large and noticeable.
- Chipped teeth.
- Spaces between the teeth.
- Slightly crooked teeth.
- Teeth that are too short, too long, or too wide.
Why is porcelain or Ceramic the best material for a veneer?
Porcelain has a translucency and lustre that cannot be equalled by any other material. It closely resembles the enamel of a tooth.
- Perfect colour matching to existing teeth is possible with a veneer.
- A porcelain veneer is a very strong and durable tooth restoration.
- Although a veneer is very thin, it becomes as strong as the enamel of the tooth. It is strengthened by being fused or bonded to the tooth.
- A porcelain veneer is very thin and as a result very little tooth material has to be trimmed away to accommodate it. A veneer can also be made of a plastic material, but this can not match the aesthetics & durability of porcelain. Temporary veneers are made of acrylic.
What is the procedure to get veneers made ?
- The dentist trims down the front surface of the tooth, & takes an impression of the prepared tooth.
- The impression is sent to a dental technician who makes the porcelain veneer.
- As very little tooth material is removed in the process, a temporary veneer may not be necessary. If the prepared tooth is particularly sensitive a temporary acrylic veneer will sometimes be needed. This is to protect the prepared tooth while the porcelain veneer is being made.
- Finally, the dentist will bond (cement) the attractive natural-looking porcelain veneer to the tooth.