Dental veneers can significantly enhance, improve or change the appearance your teeth.
A veneer covers the outside of the teeth and is generally applied to the front six top and bottom teeth (teeth which are visible when smiling). They are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and are suitable for teeth which are:
- Darkened or discoloured for any reason
- Chipped or worn down
- Crooked, uneven or poorly positioned
- Widely spaced, with gaps in between the teeth.
Porcelain veneers look the best, last the longest, and are the most popular choice. The procedure usually requires some slight to moderate tooth and enamel preparation (drilling) to achieve the best possible contour and natural appearance of the veneers. The procedure requires three phases, but you will only require 2 appointments.
Porcelain veneers are made of thin porcelain which is glazed and reflects light, making them extremely life-like in appearance. They are more stain-resistant and durable than composite resin veneers, and are colour matched to perfectly blend with your natural tooth colour. To apply porcelain veneers, the porcelain is cemented to the outside of the tooth. However, in cases where the cheeks, lips and face are misaligned, we may need to slightly alter your natural tooth, otherwise the veneers will be too prominent.
How long do veneers last?
Porcelain veneers generally last between 7-10 years. Depending on your degree of oral hygiene, it is possible that they could last even longer that this. To ensure the longevity of your veneers it is important to floss regularly (at least once a day), reduce any grinding or holding of items with your teeth, and ensure you attend regular dental check-ups.
Anything which could break your natural teeth will also break your porcelain veneers. Repairing porcelain veneers can be very difficult, so it is important to maintain a good level of oral hygiene.