There's no reason to put up with a crooked smile when dental veneers can easily transform it into a bright, white set of beautifully aligned teeth. Veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They can cover severe cases of worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, gaps, chips and cracks. Veneers are thinner than full crowns and therefore require little or no tooth reshaping when bonded onto the tooth.
Regardless of the cause of unattractive teeth, porcelain veneers are a great option in the treatment of most cosmetic dental issues. They are simple and versatile, and advancements in their translucent ceramic quality provide an even more natural look than in the past.
Veneers can be made to any shape or colour, so you can sit down with your HBDS dentist and design your smile just the way you want it.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural colour of the underlying tooth. Unlike normal teeth, they are resistant to coffee, tea and even cigarette stains.
How durable are they?
Dental veneers can last up to 15 years, depending on the quality of material used and how well you look after them. Just like normal teeth,veneers require regular cleaning, flossing and routine checkups. Eventually they will need to be replaced but, with proper care, porcelain veneers should brighten your smile for over a decade.
Digital Smile Design forms the basis of the veneer treatment performed at HBDS. This treatment requires three appointments:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
We will discuss all aspects of this procedure with you in detail so you can take an active role in designing your new smile. We’ll chat about your expectations and help plan your treatment.
The second appointment will take one to two hours depending on the number of veneers being prepared. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, we lightly shape the teeth to allow for the added thickness. Approximately half a millimetre of tooth is removed, which may require some local anaesthesia. We then make a mould of the teeth and send it to the laboratory for fabrication. In some cases, a temporary veneer will be fitted, giving you the opportunity to assess the shape, fit and look of your new teeth. The permanent veneers should be ready in about two weeks.
Depending on the number of veneers, the last appointment also takes around one to two hours. First we place the veneers on your teeth with water or glycerine to check the fit and colour. If you are not happy, we can still ask the laboratory technician to make changes at this point.
Once the colour and shape have been determined, we are ready to apply the veneers. The teeth are cleaned with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneers and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement.
Maintenance of your new smile
A good home care regimen will ensure the best aesthetic success of your treatment. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers. Brush and floss as you normally would, but we do recommend a non-abrasive toothpaste.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after your veneers are fitted. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate within a week or two. If the sensitivity persists, contact us.
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