If you’re after something that can improve not only the colour but the appearance of your smile too, veneers could be the answer. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that fit exactly over the surface of your teeth that can cover up any chipped teeth. They can also close small gaps between your teeth when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable.
Veneers are held in place with a strong and long-lasting glue, providing a very high quality and long-term solution to any problem teeth you’d like to cover up.
When you come to the practice we will schedule a free consultation, where we will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental veneers. During this consultation, they will evaluate your oral health, discuss all your options, and manage your expectations. Veneers involve tooth preparation which is irreversible, so it is important that your dentist discusses any alternatives that provide the same results with minimal to no removal of the tooth surface.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove some of your tooth surface, which will be roughly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added. Local anaesthetic can be used during this preparation. Impressions will need to be taken of your tooth and sent to a dental laboratory. While your veneer is constructed, a temporary veneer can be placed.
Before the veneer is cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to achieve its right fit and colour. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and etched, which roughens it to allow for a strong bonding process. Once properly positioned with a glue cement, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the veneer, which activates chemicals causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making final adjustments as necessary.
Maintaining veneers is actually quite simple, treating them as though you would with your natural teeth with routine brushing and flossing. A follow-up visit may be recommended to check how your gums are responding to the veneer and examine its final placement.
CASE STUDY 1:
This patient wanted to close the gap between his front teeth and also have his existing veneer replaced. The space was closed by placing two veneers and a great result was achieved.
CASE STUDY 2:
This patient was treated with veneers and tooth whitening after his gum problems and dental decay were resolved. A great aesthetic result was achieved.