Porcelain veneers are the gold standard way of improving the shape, colour and contour of your teeth. This approach allows complete freedom to redesign your smile, however this is usually an irreversible procedure and more suitable for adults.
Veneers are a very bespoke treatment and are tailored to your wishes. Once you and your dentist have agreed on the precise shade, and preparation and impressions have been completed, the veneers are then made by our dental technician. You will have the opportunity to test these veneers first and if you’re happy with the results, they will be bonded into place.
To help you make an educated decision regarding porcelain veneers, here are some of the pros and cons of this procedure:
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Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discoloured, worn down, chipped, misaligned, spaced, uneven or irregularly shaped front teeth.
Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a multi-step process. The first step is to get a consultation with a dentist. At this visit, you can outline your goals and concerns, and we will explain how veneers will work for you. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may be needed. The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer. A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is made. The dentist will then place temporary veneers. At the next appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.
If you have stained or chipped teeth, you might be interested in veneers as they will cover up your existing teeth. They are also a popular treatment for smile makeovers or for individuals who want their dream smile.
If you have extensive tooth decay, it’s not wise to simply cover it up with veneers. Talk to your dentist about removing the decay before getting started. If you grind your teeth, this could also be a problem but your dentist may offer you a solution to help guard against damaging your veneers, such as a mouth night guard.
Brushing two times each day for two minutes, flossing daily, and wearing a bite guard at night are great ways to protect the veneers. It is also beneficial to avoid eating very hard foods like almonds, or cracking shells with the front veneers.
Typically patients are numb for the veneering process. There should be no pain during the procedure once numbness takes effect. With smaller cases (two or four veneers) there will be very little or no discomfort after the numbness subsides.
Yes! You can brush all your teeth the same way. You can floss all the veneered teeth and you should continue your regular hygiene appointments as you have in the past.