Dental veneers can be used to enhance the appearance of the smile for those with discoloured, stained, chipped, cracked, broken, gapped and blemished teeth which are otherwise healthy. Dental veneers are custom-made shells made from porcelain which are fitted over the surface of the tooth.
Porcelain veneers are applied in the chair and require no lab to fabricate. Porcelain veneers are custom-made and thus will require only a small amount of preparation before the application of the veneers. Porcelain veneers are used for more substantial imperfections of the teeth as they are made to fit over the existing tooth, covering it. Porcelain veneers last longer – between 7 and 15 years - and do not discolour over time providing a more long-lasting smile makeover.
What is the process for porcelain veneers?
The teeth are prepared for veneers by removing a small layer of the tooth's surface. For those with a heavy bite crowns can be used to strengthen the tooth. An impression is then made of the teeth, and the veneers are fabricated by a dental technician right then. Your dentist will then fit the veneers. After checking the fit and shade are correct, the teeth are cleaned, polished and etched to allow for stronger bonding of the veneers.
With their combined expertise in smile makeovers and restorations, your All Smiles Dentist will help you decide on the shape, length, width as well as the colour or shade of the veneers and even give you a virtual and physical idea of what your smile could look like using our in-house Digital Smile Design technology.