Veneers are wafer-thin laminates or shells of
tooth-coloured material (which can be either
porcelain veneers, ceramic or composite bonding material).
They are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to
improve their cosmetic appearance. Many dentists
use the analogy that dental veneers are for your
teeth what false fingernails are for your hands.
Dental veneers have long been used to create the ultimate
smile makeover. With this treatment, it's possible to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into a brand new, straight, white smile, as seen on many of the Hollywood greats.
Here at Grimsargh Smile Clinic near Preston, we are renowned for crafting beautiful smiles. We always like to involve you in the process and a detailed smile analysis is done before any treatment is carried out. Options are then discussed at length and a full treatment plan is given to you. A ‘trial smile’ is often placed on the teeth allowing you to go away and view/test the new look before the final veneers are fitted.
There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with porcelain veneers or dental veneers:
Stained teeth - badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by
teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can be greatly improved
by dental veneers, which function to cover any existing stains on your teeth.
Damaged teeth - teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or by carbonated drinks, as well as those that have been chipped or broken, can benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can quickly be repaired with composite bonding, also known as "composite veneers". A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colour as you natural teeth.
Gaps - spaces or gaps (diastemas) between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers, giving you a more uniform-looking smile.
Crooked teeth - Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth, and from the point of view of preserving your natural teeth structure, orthodontics or Invisalign braces would probably be a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to a year or longer. For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as "instant orthodontics", as you get a similar end result in a fraction
of the time.