About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured material designed to cover the front surface of teeth.
These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, or size. Teeth that are discoloured, chipped, rotated, spaced or just uneven can be transformed by porcelain veneers.
If you are looking to improve your smile, porcelain is an excellent material to use. It is the most aesthetic, durable material available to us. Porcelain veneers are custom made to look and feel natural. It is possible to place a single tooth veneer to mask a damaged tooth or multiple veneers to improve the overall smile.
How do I know if I am suitable for Porcelain Veneers?
Most people are suitable for porcelain veneers if their teeth and gums are healthy and there isn’t a severe degree of overcrowding or spacing. In these cases, we would recommend orthodontic treatment in advance of porcelain veneers.
What are the benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
A major benefit (over composite veneers) is that they are stain resistant. Porcelain is also the most aesthetic material available to us and therefore the most natural looking. Porcelain veneers, once bonded to teeth, are extremely durable and can last for up to 15 years.
Does it look natural?
Porcelain veneers can be made to look exactly like a natural tooth. It is possible to place a porcelain veneer on one single damaged tooth and blend it perfectly with the adjacent teeth!
Does it affect my natural teeth?
Porcelain veneers can be “zero preparation”, meaning no removal of the natural tooth structure below the veneer. However, in the majority of cases it is necessary to remove the surface layer of the enamel to ensure the finest aesthetics.
Is it painful?
We will administer local anaesthetic in cases where it is necessary to remove the surface layer of the enamel. The anaesthetic numbs the relevant part of the mouth, resulting in an entirely pain free.
How long to Porcelain Veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are known for their durability and longevity. On average, porcelain veneers can last between 10 to 15 years, but their lifespan can vary depending on various factors, including oral hygiene, lifestyle habits, and the quality of the veneers themselves. With proper care and maintenance, some porcelain veneers can even last beyond 15 years.
Are Porcelain Veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers are not considered a permanent dental restoration, as they may need to be replaced at some point in the future. However, they are a long-lasting solution for improving the appearance of teeth.
Do Porcelain Veneers require lots of maintenance?
The maintenance required for porcelain veneers is similar to that of natural teeth. They do not typically require extensive upkeep, but they do benefit from regular care and attention to ensure their longevity and optimal appearance.
Overall, by practicing good oral hygiene, minimising staining substances (for example, coffee and tobacco), avoiding excessive force or pressure, and attending regular dental check-ups, you can help ensure the longevity and appearance of your porcelain veneers.
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