Veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-coloured shells
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells created using tooth-coloured materials of thin plastic resin or ceramic and are bonded to the front surface of teeth with tooth-coloured cement, improving their overall appearance.
It is often said that veneers are like false fingernails for your teeth. We’d like to add that they’re much more durable! Veneers are the treatment of choice for Hollywood film stars to make their smiles camera-ready, especially as they’re a quick and painless process.
Veneers can cover all manner of imperfections, including stains, chips and cracks and filling in small gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution to cosmetically improve a smile while still maintaining healthy tooth structure.
Porcelain veneers can:
- Improve colour of teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Enhance shape of teeth
- Amend the length or size of teeth
- Realign crooked teeth
- Maintain your natural tooth structure
The expected lifetime of a porcelain veneer is somewhere between 7 - 20 years. Veneers sometimes come off or chip but, if this happens, they can be repaired or replaced. Also, over time, the living tooth and surrounding gum tissue will undergo changes that may require alterations to your veneers.
Yes, this is done by a special colour-match procedure so that the colour matches exactly and the veneer looks like it’s always been part of your mouth.
If you want whiter teeth, we recommend whitening them first, then having the veneer made to match the new shade.
Yes! Remember, veneers are just a ‘front’ for your natural teeth, so you still have to maintain excellent oral hygiene to keep your teeth from decay.