What does the 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 about a millimetre of tooth enamel being removed, allowing the dental cement and veneer to adhere to the tooth. Porcelain veneers mimic the colour of your natural teeth, which results 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. Food, such as tea, coffee and red wines, may not impact on porcelain veneers as much as they would on your natural teeth. However, veneers may be damaged by habits such as nail biting, chewing on ice, and teeth grinding. The resistance to staining does not mean you can give daily oral hygiene routines the flick. Your veneers and the teeth behind them will still require daily maintenance as was required before the treatment.
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. Veneers can also 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 necessarily removed. This removal of enamel is permanent and irreversible.
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 prior. 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.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Generally speaking, porcelain veneers aren’t permanent. However, there are technically two answers to this question:
No, they aren’t permanent. Porcelain veneers will eventually wear down or become damaged over the years and may need to be replaced. Technically, they can be removed.
Yes, they are a permanent treatment. 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. 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 isn’t porous and is largely colour-stable. This means that on one hand, they cannot easily absorb stains, but on the other, they 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 you need to help your veneers to look fresh once more.
What are the advantages of veneers?
- Veneers look similar to your natural teeth and will fit in with your smile
- They are aesthetically pleasing
- The veneers will feel natural
- Porcelain veneers do not stain
- The veneer can be adjusted to match your teeth colour
- Porcelain veneers agree with your gums and reduce the risk of infections
- Veneers can last up to 10 years if you look after them well
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.