What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Veneers are custom – made tooth colored porcelain laminates designed to cover the front portion of your tooth and are generally recommended to improve the following dental conditions:
• Spaces between front teeth
• Permanently stained teeth
• Cracked or Chipped teeth
• Worm teeth
• Slightly crooked or poorly shaped teeth
Veneers are customized to match the color of your existing teeth or you may choose to create a whiter smile by combining tooth whitening with your new veneers. Space between teeth can be closed, stains and cracks disappear! In many cases, you can have a great smile with perfect straight teeth in a matter of weeks instead of the years required when straight teeth with braces
When would a veneer be used?
Veneers will be used to achieve the following:
- Repair a broken or chipped tooth – A chipped tooth is unlikely to cause any medical complications however, it can knock a person’s confidence.
- Change the shape of a tooth – Sometimes a single tooth or even multiple ones can look different from the rest found in persons mouth. It’s not uncommon for a person to have misshapen lateral incisors.
- Improve tooth structure – Did you know it’s possible to give the illusion of straight teeth with veneers, improving alignment and closing gaps.
- Change the colour of the teeth – Teeth that are yellowish in colour does not necessarily indicate poor oral hygiene. Discolouring can be masked with ceramic veneers.
Dental Veneer Benefits
- They provide a natural tooth appearance.
- Gums tolerates porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- A color can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.
- They generally don't require as much shaping as crowns do, yet they are stronger and look better.
How long do veneers last and how do I care for them?
Veneers are permanent and have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. You will need to look after them the same way you would with your natural teeth, with one exception.
It’s important to use a non-abrasive toothpaste as this can damage the veneers. You should continue to brush your teeth twice a day, including daily flossing and ensure you continue to have regular check ups with your dentist and hygienist .