What are Veneers?
Dental Veneers or Dental Laminates are thin shells made of tooth-coloured materials designed to enhance the appearance of the teeth.
These Dental Veneers are commonly made of porcelain, due to its strength, reliability, longevity and natural appearance.
What is the Process?
Step 1: Diagnosis and treatment planning
Your dentist will help you to understand what you want to achieve from the whole procedure. During this visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and explain the procedure as well as the limitations. Impressions and Pictures will be taken of the teeth to create a custom design of your new smile.
Step 2: Preparation
Once the design is approved, some of the enamel will be removed from your teeth to prepare for the veneers to be placed. Most of the time, local anaesthetic is not required, but will be given if necessary.
Step 3: Mock Up
On the same visit as Step 2, your smile will be mocked up into your mouth using Temporary Plastic Veneers. This allows you and the dentist to check the design before manufacture.
Step 4: Bonding
The dentist will check the real veneers before bonding them to your teeth. The veneers are bonded using a special cement. After bonding, the dentist will remove the excess cement and adjust the shape of the veneers.
Step 5: Fine Tuning
Patients may come back to fine tune the smile with minor adjustments.
These Porcelain Veneers require very minimal maintenance.
Porcelain is extremely stain-resistant as they are not porous like our natural teeth, and they cannot change colour.
The natural tooth underneath is protected as the bond is almost impermeable so that there is rarely any chance of decay under the veneer.
3 Steps to looking after your new smile:
- Brush your teeth regularly. Twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed! There is no need to overbrush them as well.
- Floss. This will help to make sure that you do not get any food stuck between your teeth. It is just good dental hygiene!
- Go for regular cleanings with your dentist. No matter how well you brush, you will not be able to clean as thoroughly as the dentist can!