Dental veneers are thin porcelain or resin tooth-coloured shells that are carefully crafted to bond to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. This advanced dental procedure will often have a dramatic affect on the appearance of your smile, as well as your overall appearance. Using veneers, our experienced dentists have improved the smiles of many patients. There are various types of veneers detailed below.
Porcelain veneers create a more life-like tooth effect. Porcelain has a translucency that is similar to your natural teeth, and while teeth lose this lustre as you age, porcelain veneers retain their beautiful, natural and youthful look. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, which is particularly important for those who smoke, or drink black coffee or red wine.
Composite resin is primarily made of a nano-sized (one thousandth of a millimetre) glass-like particle matrix. It is a paste material that once set by a blue light (UV or LED), will harden to the texture and hardness of enamel. Resin veneers can be placed on the tooth directly, so a final result is achieved in a single visit. They are crafted by the dentist into the ideal shape directly onto the tooth and are easily re-shaped, repaired, polished and maintained.
This type of veneer tends to be very conservative, that is, only a very small amount of your original tooth needs to be pared back for the veneer.
Resin veneers are best done on teeth with minor to moderate size or shape defects. If your teeth have been untouched by any fillings, and the patient is not sure what smile improvement is wanted. They are strong, durable and cost effective, and there is always the option of ‘upgrading' to porcelain later.