Dental Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the surfaces of teeth. The veneers are matched to the patient’s tooth colour to give them a more natural and even smile. Veneers are a popular choice for patients as they can drastically improve the overall aesthetics of your smile
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Many film star’s TV personalities and actors have chosen porcelain veneers, and the treatment doesn’t cost as much as you think. If you have unsightly gaps, chipped or crooked, stained or discoloured teeth dental veneers could transform your life!
The procedure is extremely straightforward and the amount of enamel removed is minimal and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted so that the tooth stays the same size. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an ‘impression’ (mould). This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer.
Porcelain veneers should never stain. However, if your teeth have a propensity to stain you should try to avoid or minimize the behaviours that lead to staining and look after them as recommended above with normal hygiene and maintenance procedures.
They can last from seven to twenty years. While the veneer itself is inert and non-living, the tooth or teeth to which they are attached and the surrounding gum tissues are living and may change. For example, gum line shrinkage may expose or reveal root surfaces. If a veneer comes off it can generally be rebounded. If it chips it can sometimes be rebounded or otherwise replaced.
Caring for your veneers is not much different than natural teeth. Brush and floss as you normally would to prevent dental problems. Porcelain veneers are one of the kindest restorations to gum tissues that we currently have in dentistry. Don’t be afraid of damaging your laminates by either flossing or brushing. Any non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste is acceptable. A good home care regimen will insure the esthetic success of your laminate restorations for years to come.