If you are seeking the ultimate smile makeover with the most lifelike results, porcelain veneers are the definitive choice. Our team of Dentists work with the best expert ceramists and latest digital smile technology to meticulously select the desired shape and shade of the veneers, ensuring the smile of your dreams becomes a dazzling reality.
What are porcelain veneers? How do they work?
Essentially a veneer is an extremely thin layer of porcelain that is attached to the enamel surface of teeth for ultimate strength. Think of it similar to a bonded fingernail on a finger. They can correct a plethora of cosmetic concerns by masking discolourations or cracks.
Why choose porcelain veneers. What are the advantages?
Porcelain veneers have unrivalled longevity and deliver natural results due to the translucency and lustre which carefully mimics enamel. One of the many benefits of porcelain veneers is their ability to provide immediate results that might otherwise take many months or years with traditional orthodontics. Other benefits include making all of your teeth the same length, realignment of your bite, stabilizing cracked or broken teeth, strengthening weak or loose teeth
What can porcelain veneers fix?
Porcelain veneers can also correct many common cosmetic complaints such as small teeth, teeth of differing lengths, gaps, misaligned or crowded teeth, cracked or broken teeth, and tooth discolouration such as heavy staining. Modern teeth whitening techniques can remove most of the stains in the teeth but some forms of tooth discoloration that run deeper cannot be corrected with teeth whitening procedures.
How to care for porcelain veneers
They require no additional maintenance as long as you have a good dental hygiene routine established. This should include flossing, good gum health alongside regular hygiene appointments.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
This can vary greatly between patients due to diet, oral hygiene and any predisposition to tooth grinding. Good oral care is essential to ensure their longevity. However they generally last between 8-15 years although many will last beyond 20 years and provide the most natural long lasting results.
Porcelain veneer cost
The cost for this treatment is bespoke to each patient dependant on their exacting requirements. Often veneers can be combined with whitening, crowns and other cosmetic procedures dependant on the desired outcome. However at Gardens dental you will provided with a detailed treatment plan and full costs to ensure you are fully informed and can plan accordingly.
Porcelain veneers vs composite veneers. What are the disadvantages of porcelain veneers?
Composite veneers are a great treatment choice to address a number of cosmetic concerns, especially if you are seeking a swift and cost effective solution. Our Smilefast service can provide dramatic smile makeovers combining orthodontics, composite and ceramics. Modern techniques have also improved polishing of composite to give more shine. However Porcelain veneers provide the ultimate smile makeover due to their unrivalled lifelike lustre. They will also not be prone to staining like composite and the lifespan is 8 to 15 years versus just 3 to 5 years for composite.
Will porcelain veneers affect my bite
Many people worry that if they put veneers on their front teeth they may no longer bite and eat normally. This is not true. Front teeth with veneers continue to perform the same function with the same end result as before.
What preparation do porcelain veneers require? Will my teeth be filed down?
Many people would like veneers but don’t want their teeth prepared. Porcelain veneers require minimal tooth preparation, aiming to conserve as much tooth as possible. As a general guide, between 0.5mm – 0.7mm of the tooth is adjusted to give room for the veneer to fit to the tooth surface. Tooth preparation depends on how the teeth are originally positioned. Sometimes teeth need no preparation and at other times more to correctly shape the teeth. After the preparation a mould is taken and temporary veneers are made. You then return approximately 2 weeks later to have the Porcelain veneers bonded to your teeth.
How long will the entire treatment take?
An initial consultation will be needed to establish the viability of porcelain veneers for your smile makeover. After this you will be provided a treatment plan and full costs. From approval of this, the process will typically take around 3 to 4 weeks, from the first mould of your teeth to finished veneers.
Can you use veneers on crowns or for missing teeth?
Veneers are placed only on natural teeth. They cannot be put on crowns or in the absence of real teeth.
Will it cause pain? How invasive is the treatment?
Due to the minimal tooth preparation and the use of local anesthetic it is a relatively swift treatment with minimal pain or discomfort.