What are porcelain veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a very thin shell of tooth-coloured porcelain (ceramic) carefully crafted and bonded to the front of your tooth or teeth.
People often think of veneers as like little false fingernails that fit over your teeth to improve their appearance. Like false fingernails, veneers are glued to the front of the real surface which remains underneath. The result is that the tooth is not significantly altered, but gains a new appearance – a new shape, size and a whiter colour.
Veneers require only minimal reduction of the tooth surface so they are a more conservative treatment than a Crown and so are often used as an alternative if the underlying tooth is strong and healthy.
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How do I know if porcelain veneers are right for me?
Veneers are a great dental solution for people who have:
- crooked or uneven teeth or teeth alignment
- chipped or irregular teeth
- gaps or uneven spacing between teeth
- discoloured or stained teeth or fillings when tooth whitening is not an option
If you desire a more beautiful and attractive smile and want to look younger and feel better about yourself, porcelain veneers may be right for you.
In the instance where porcelain veneers cannot be used, such as on very weak or unhealthy teeth, we can recommend alternatives.
See more before and after photos for Porcelain and Composite Veneers in our Smile Gallery >
Porcelain veneers vs Composite resin veneers
A Composite resin veneer is a quicker and cheaper veneer solution compared to porcelain veneers but we always make our patients aware of the pros and cons of the different types of veneer materials. Whilst composite veneers are often a more affordable solution for many, they are often not as ‘good looking’ or deliver the treatment life that porcelain veneers do with composite usually lasting 4 – 6 years before slowly losing their shine and colour.
Composite veneers can usually be completed within one appointment whilst porcelain veneers is usually a two-appointment procedure depending upon your situation.
If you are considering veneers the best way to discover the difference between the two types of veneers and their outcomes for your circumstances is to call us to book an initial consultation or to discuss any questions you have with our knowledgeable and helpful reception staff.
Looking after your veneers
Caring for your veneers is just like taking care of your natural teeth. Maintaining a healthy regime of regular flossing, active maintenance visits with us, and brushing with a soft toothbrush is the foundation of great veneer care.