Veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite resin materials. Resin veneers usually require removal of less of the tooth surface, and sometimes no removal at all, before placement. It depends on the bite, dental health, condition of the teeth, regular dental checks and lifestyle habits, as to whether they will be suitable.
If the entire front of the tooth needs to either be repaired or cosmetically improved, one option might be a porcelain veneer. A veneer is a very thin, custom designed shell of tooth coloured materials that cover the front surface of a tooth to improve a smile. They are bonded to the front of the teeth to change the colour, shape, length, alignment and spacing of your teeth with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than resin veneers and have light reflecting properties that are more like natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers usually require two appointments. The first visit is to prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of tooth structure from the front surface of the teeth, and an impression is taken to make a copy of the teeth. The amount of tooth structure that needs to be removed depends on many factors such as the alignment, length, shape, spacing and any discolourations in your natural teeth. Temporary veneers are placed on your teeth, while the case and photos are sent to the laboratory for two weeks, and the second visit is to fit the veneers and bond them.
We are able to achieve a natural look with porcelain veneers because they are very thin, there is no metal to hide and they can mask underlying defects well. The aim is to produce a natural smile with work that appears natural and durable.