What does dental veneer treatment involve?
To begin your treatment, an impression will be cast of your teeth; this impression will allow a mould to be formed. Your mould will then be sent to a dental laboratory where your veneers are custom made to suit your requirements, which will have been discussed during your consultation.
Once the porcelain veneers arrive back at our dental clinic, you will be required to come back in for a follow-up appointment where the tooth (or teeth) will be prepared and the porcelain veneers set into place. This process involves a thin layer (about a millimetre) of tooth enamel being removed, allowing the dental cement to adhere to the tooth. There are various types of veneer materials available, including composite resin veneers, temporary veneers and the most commonly used veneers, porcelain veneers. They are natural tooth coloured, resulting in discrete coverage. Once applied, porcelain veneers have the ability to effectively conceal a vast range of dental flaws.
Due to the nature of porcelain veneers, they are resistant to stains from items that natural teeth would be susceptible to, such as tea, coffee and red wines. However, veneer work may be damaged by habits such as nail biting, chewing on ice, and teeth grinding. The resistance to staining does not, however, mean you can give daily oral hygiene routines the flick. Your veneers and the teeth behind them will still require daily maintenance.
Are veneers suitable for me?
It is recommended that you book an appointment with us so that we can discuss with you in depth the results you are wishing to achieve. In some cases, we may be able to recommend alternative choices that may be more suitable for your requirements.
In general, teeth that are chipped, discoloured, or poorly shaped are good candidates for veneers. They can be used to hide minor crowding, gaps or bite-related problems. It is important to bear in mind that due to the preparation required for veneers to adhere, a small amount of enamel is permanently removed.
If you are not receiving veneers on all visible teeth and have been considering a teeth whitening procedure, you should discuss this with your dentist. Porcelain veneers are created to match your teeth at the time and teeth whitening treatments post veneer treatment will not change the colour of your veneers. If you are considering more than one treatment ask us about our full smile makeovers.
Veneers are used to enhance the appearance of your smile. The improvement should be noticeable to the patient, however, discreet enough that admirers notice a difference to your appearance without being able to put a finger on what has changed.
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Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Generally, porcelain veneers aren’t permanent. They will eventually wear down or become damaged.
With that said, however, they are irreversible. The dentist will usually need to remove a layer of enamel from the tooth before attaching the porcelain veneer, to ensure a solid base and to ensure a natural looking result. This might mean that the tooth is slightly weakened, or the shape is different, and your old smile may not look the same.
Because of these factors, patients will eventually need to replace their veneers or choose an alternative restoration to take their place.
How can I whiten porcelain veneers?
Your veneers are made out of a very dense porcelain that is largely colour-stable. This means they cannot easily absorb stains, but cannot easily absorb bleach either. If you think that your veneers may have discoloured, or you are no longer happy with their shade, G Dental recommends visiting your dentist to discuss your options. In some cases, a thorough clean and polish might be all that is needed.
What are the advantages of veneers?
- Veneers look similar to your natural teeth and will fit in with your smile
- They are aesthetically pleasing & don’t stain
- They feel natural
- The veneer can be adjusted to match your teeth colour
- Porcelain veneers agree with your gums and reduce the risk of infections
- If looked after well, veneers can last up to 10 years
Will veneers damage my existing teeth?
Our experienced dentists are trained in cosmetic dentistry and will take the utmost care not to damage your teeth.
The first step to getting veneers is to first check if your teeth and gums are healthy enough to support the device. An oral examination and x-ray will be done beforehand to make sure that the cosmetic treatment will be the best option for you.
If you are not a suitable candidate, there are other alternative cosmetic treatments available.
How long will porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years or even longer with proper care, regular dental check-ups, and good oral hygiene habits. However, they may need to be repaired or replaced over time, and patients should avoid biting on hard objects and seek dental care promptly if they experience any issues.
Does getting veneers hurt?
Getting veneers can involve some discomfort, but it should not be painful. The procedure is usually done under local anaesthesia, and any discomfort can be managed with pain medication. It’s important to discuss any concerns with your dentist.
Do they stain?
Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, which is one of the many benefits of this popular cosmetic dental procedure. The surface of porcelain is smooth and non-porous, making it difficult for substances like coffee, tea, or tobacco to penetrate and discolour the veneers. However, it’s still important to maintain good oral hygiene habits and avoid consuming excessive amounts of dark-coloured foods and drinks that could potentially stain the veneers over time.
It’s worth noting that whilst porcelain veneers themselves are resistant to staining, the cement used to bond the veneers to the teeth may be more susceptible to discolouration over time. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help remove any stains or discolouration that may occur, keeping your veneers looking bright and beautiful for years to come.