Veneers are used to treat a range of teeth issues including chipped, weakened or discoloured teeth. The process of getting veneers is pretty straightforward and often lasts for years. They improve the appearance, colour and shape of your teeth to help you achieve that perfect smile.
Veneers, also known as laminates, are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are shaped to bond to the front of your teeth. They can be used instead of a crown if your tooth is strong and healthy. Veneers are excellent for treating chipped or discoloured teeth and give a spectacular lift to your smile. They can also be used to eliminate gaps between the teeth.
There are two main types of veneers that our dentists use:
Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution for chipped, uneven, or discoloured teeth. Your teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of the front surface of the tooth to allow space for the porcelain. A thin bit of porcelain is then cemented to your front teeth.
Composite veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers that require minimal or no reshaping of the natural tooth. They are created by applying layers of bonded ceramic composite to the surface of the tooth. Composite veneers are easier to apply, repair and remove but are not as strong as porcelain veneers and may not last as long.
Good oral hygiene and taking care when you eat hard food will extend the life of your veneers. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and hygienist.