A veneer is a ceramic (porcelain) facing bonded to the tooth to provide maximum aesthetics in cases where teeth are discolored or crowded.
They are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front side of teeth and are a long-term solution for problems with stained or chipped teeth. They’re made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by your dentist.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile if you are unhappy with the colour, shape or position of your teeth. Veneers are a thin wafer of porcelain, which is bonded to the tooth to cover the shape or colour of the tooth. A veneer is like a “false nail” and is permanently attached. You should understand that this is usually an irreversible process, because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
They involve some preparation of the tooth and as such once you have them you will need them indefinitely. Veneers require you to have a healthy tooth in order to work their best. If you have heavily filled teeth or a very heavy bite you may benefit more from ceramic crowns.
Again veneers have an average lifespan of 10-12 years, but by maintaining good oral hygiene can survive well in excess of this an a mouth.
“Hi my name is Anne, I was quite eager to change my appearance and get new veneers but also apprehensive and anxious about the procedure! However when I met David, he explained very clearly to me what steps and work was involved in this procedure and made me feel relaxed about it. I now have my new veneers thanks to David and when I look at the “before” picture and the “after” picture I am so happy with the results.”
Anne – February 19, 2014
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