Porcelain veneers are a great option for patients looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smile and are often included in a Smile Makeover. A skilled cosmetic dentist can transform a less than perfect smile into a brand new straight white smile to match that of your favourite celebrity.
What are porcelain veneers exactly?
These tooth-shaped prosthetics are crafted from wafer thin porcelain and bonded to the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. They can make your teeth look better by changing their shape, colour, angle, and spacing. They can also repair teeth which are chipped, broken, cracked, gapped, or discoloured. Porcelain is considered the best choice of material for veneers because it closely resembles tooth enamel and has a natural luminosity.
How long does it take to get porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers usually require two dental appointments. The first is to get the teeth prepared and to select the colour and the second visit is to fit the veneers.
How are teeth prepared for veneers?
A little of the tooth’s natural enamel has to be removed to accommodate the veneer and prevent it from protruding. A local anaesthetic is often used so that the patient doesn’t feel any discomfort, but this isn’t always necessary. Once the teeth have been prepared an impression will be taken and given to a dental technician along with any other relevant information, in order that your custom veneers can be made. The colour is matched (using a shade guide) to surrounding teeth to ensure that they look totally natural. Meanwhile you may be fitted with temporary veneers to wear while you wait for your permanent veneers to be ready.
How are the veneers fitted?
At the second appointment your temporary veneers will be removed and your teeth gently etched to create a rougher surface for the veneers to adhere to. Before cementing them into place, your dentist will show you how the veneers look on your teeth to make sure you’re completely happy with them. The bonding is done using a special adhesive which secures them firmly in place.
What about after-care?
Only minor adjustments can be carried out once the veneers are bonded into place, so it’s usually best to wait until you’ve got used to wearing your ‘new teeth’. A follow up appointment will be made so that the dentist can polish your veneers and check the fit, to make sure you’re happy with the results.
The first step towards your new smile is to contact The Smile Centre. We can assess your oral health, discuss how you want your smile to look, advise you of our treatments, and recommend the best option. Many of our patients are surprised to find that porcelain veneers can often meet their needs. Why not get in touch today?
Please note our General Dentistry services are only available in Manchester.