Veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite resin materials. Resin veneers 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 color, 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.
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 a few factors such as the alignment, length, shape, spacing and any discolorations in your natural teeth. Temporary veneers are placed on your teeth, while the case and photos are sent to the lab for two weeks, and at the second visit is to fit the veneers and cement them.
We are able to achieve a natural look with porcelain veneers because they are thin and there is no metal to hide, which was common with the way porcelain crowns used to be made. The aim is to produce a natural smile with work that is undetectable and long lasting.