Porcelain veneers are dental restorations that offer an instant solution which improves the look of the teeth to give you a perfect smile. Porcelain veneers are mostly used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the colour, shape, or position of the teeth. Porcelain veneers can also be used to restore the function of the teeth in cases where the teeth are broken or chipped.
Dental veneers are made from different materials. Those made of porcelain are called porcelain dental veneers. Veneers made from composite resin-based materials are called composite veneers.
Veneers can last for a good number of years but may undergo wear and tear, just like the natural teeth. They might also get broken or chipped under the same circumstances that the natural teeth would.
Porcelain veneers are more durable than the other types of veneers, and they can last 7 – 10 years, while, composite veneers can last for 3 – 5 years. These are just average figures and with proper care, the veneers can last longer.
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Your first appointment would involve your dentist diagnosing and creating a treatment plan for you. Your dentist may have to make mock-up veneers to know how your smile would look with the temporary veneers or put models of wax on your teeth.
Modern dental veneers are durable and made to suit each patient. Options such as E-max or Lumineers are suitable for patients who do not need to drill their teeth.
Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth with a digital impression scanner or other conventional materials. In some cases, the dentist will place provisional veneers on the patient's teeth, while they wait for the main veneers to be made.
If you are satisfied with the shape, colour, fit, and look of the veneers sent by the laboratory, your dentist will cement them on your teeth, and your smile becomes perfect.
However, composite bonding does not require as many appointments as the modern porcelain veneers before fitting the veneers, and you can get your perfect smile in one dental visit. The procedure involves your dentist assessing and making a treatment plan then cementing the composite materials on the teeth. The composite material will be shaped, contoured and smoothened in one sitting, and you are good to go.
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Caring for your veneers should be done in the same way you care for your natural teeth. Brush and flush normally. You may have to avoid hard foods that can damage your veneers.
Porcelain veneers do not get stained easily but, endeavour to rinse your mouth properly after taking coffee, tea or red wine and other things which can easily stain the teeth.
Composite veneers are more likely to get stained, but they are not as susceptible to staining like natural teeth. By practising good oral hygiene and avoiding hard foods, your veneers would last longer.
If you do not want to get any type of veneers, or if you are not suitable for them, you can get other forms of treatment to improve your smile.
Alternatives to veneers include crowns, orthodontics and teeth whitening. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped, and they are fitted over the teeth to improve their appearance while orthodontic treatment primarily entails the use of metal braces or Invisalign. If you have teeth that are stained or discoloured, you may opt for teeth whitening to make them have a lighter shade.
The cost of veneers varies, but direct composite veneers are generally less expensive than porcelain veneers. The cost of your veneers treatment would depend on the following.
You can call DIL Dental today on 0203 7457526 to book an appointment for your porcelain veneers.