Porcelain Veneers are thin, tooth coloured shells of porcelain bonded to your front teeth to improve the appearance of dark, chipped, worn, or crooked teeth. Porcelain is a hard, wear-resistant, non-porous material that keeps its appearance for longer than tooth coloured composite resins.
Veneers are excellent for treating chipped, discoloured, slightly misaligned or misshapen teeth and ideal for closing gaps between the teeth. They can be used to improve the shape, length, size and colour of teeth. A minimal amount of tooth structure is removed and usually two visits are necessary to complete the procedure. The first appointment is to prepare the tooth/teeth (that is, shave less than a millimetre off the front of the tooth) and then take impressions, which are sent to a lab technician to make the veneer. The second and final appointment is when the veneers are bonded to the teeth. They are less likely to chip or stain, and if properly maintained can last for many years.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
- Very cosmetic
- Cause minimal damage to teeth
- A more permanent method to whitening teeth
- Suitable for 'gappy', dark, or worn teeth
Change to the colour and shape of teeth with little or no tooth preparation. See below for some before and after examples.
Example 2 (with Bleaching and Implants)