We have found that recently we are being asked about porcelain veneers more and more often and although they will greatly enhance the appearance of your teeth and give you the perfect smile, this is not a procedure we would recommend for every patient and so each individual enquiry has to be thoroughly discussed and carefully considered.
The veneers are wafer-thin, custom made shells of porcelain each of which is individually specified to match the exact colour of your natural teeth.
They are ideal for improving the appearance of stained, damaged, misshapen or gappy teeth. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth however, we would probably recommend orthodontic treatment and teeth whitening as a initial favored treatment as its less damaging on your teeth.
What we always advise patients about is that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment and once done you cannot have them removed. However, with a lifespan of between ten and fifteen years they will have to be replaced. (Which is why we do not recommend them for younger patients.)
Porcelain veneers usually entail three visits.
On the first appointment we will thoroughly discuss all the pros and cons with you and between us we will decide if porcelain veneers are a good option for you. We will then take x-rays of your teeth.
On the second appointment we will prepare your teeth by carefully removing up to half a millimeter of enamel from each tooth. (This cannot be replaced.) An impression of your teeth is then taken and this is sent to our dental laboratory who will manufacture the bespoke veneers.
On the third appointment we will fit your new veneers, which may at this stage need to be trimmed or adjusted and finally each veneer will be cemented into place.
An additional stage may be required if your main priority is a perfect smile. A diagnostic wax model of your proposed smile will be produced so that you can see and approve the final appearance before any preparation work is commenced.