Porcelain veneers are an ideal answer for correcting chipped, crooked or worn-down teeth. In simple terms, a veneer is a custom-made ceramic cover that a dentist bonds onto an individual tooth in a bid to conceal undesired flaws and blemishes.
After the procedure is complete, patients can expect a natural-looking tooth that reflects light and resists everyday staining. Furthermore, veneers provide added protection for damaged teeth.
How dental veneers work
Veneers are ultra-fine, sculpted shells designed to fit closely over your natural teeth which are then bonded to the outer surface of your teeth to ensure a seamless, undetectable fit. When you first speak to your dentist about veneers, they will be able to assess whether you'll be a suitable candidate for the treatment as well as recommending which type of veneers will be right for you depending on your specific needs.
As a treatment, dental veneers can help to correct the unsightly appearance of chipped, crooked or discoloured teeth, changing not only the aesthetic appearance but also their physical positioning. Veneers are also used to close uneven gaps and create a more aligned setting for your teeth.
What is the difference between porcelain and composite veneers?
Whichever option you choose for veneers, each has its advantages. Porcelain veneers are a preferred choice for many, as the material tends to have a very natural appearance with a slight sheen to reflect the light in a way that mimics our natural enamel.
With the proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 25 years, making them last longer than composite veneers. However, with longevity comes the need for additional work to ensure the best possible fit for years to come.
In contrast, composite veneers are made from a resin based material which, instead of being pre-sculpted and then bonded to your teeth, the material is bonded and sculpted directly on your teeth. Composite veneers boast a faster process than that of porcelain veneers, however they need to be replaced more often (once every four to eight years).
How much do veneers cost?
As with any dental treatment, cosmetic or otherwise, the costs will vary depending on your specific needs as well as the type of veneers you and your dentist decide will be right for you.
Most importantly, the cost of veneers should not necessarily be the deciding factor in your choice of treatment or dental provider - finding an experienced dentist you can trust should be your first consideration, and will mean that you are receiving quality dental care, regardless of the scale of the treatment. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and would like to explore how veneers can assist in changing their appearance, call our friendly team to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.