Dental veneers are restorations made of thin, wafer-like material which is placed over a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Veneers are a wonderful cosmetic solution and can often fix multiple problems at once. For example, dental veneers can improve the appearance of the following:
The dental veneers process is straightforward and non-invasive and can be completed over two or three visits, depending on the type of veneers chosen and your dental history.
What are veneers made of?
Dental veneers are made of one of two materials – composite resin or porcelain.
Composite resin veneers: composite veneers are the least expensive option in dental veneers. Composite resin veneers can often be placed in a single visit by your dentist, so they offer a fast solution. As the resin is not as hardwearing as porcelain, however, they can be prone to chipping. Composite resin veneers are applied one layer at a time, then hardened under a special light. They are shaped carefully by your dentist for a natural look, and the colour is matched to your existing teeth. Composite veneers require slightly more maintenance than porcelain veneers and usually need replacing within four to eight years.
Porcelain veneers: porcelain veneers are a more costly solution, but are more natural looking and long-lasting than composite resin veneers. The procedure is a little more involved. First, a mould of your teeth is taken, and then your veneers are created in a laboratory. Porcelain veneers look like tiny wafers. Once they have been adjusted for fit and comfort, they are cemented to your existing teeth. Porcelain veneers require little maintenance beyond normal good oral hygiene practices and can last ten years or longer.
Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic solution, not a therapeutic one. For your veneers procedure to be successful, you must have healthy teeth underneath.
Veneers won’t remedy an existing problem with your teeth, so if you require important dental work such as fillings orthodontic work, you’ll need to have this completed before your veneers are placed.
Veneers are suitable for most people; however, if you grind your teeth (bruxism) your dentist may recommend another solution as you could potentially chip, break or even detach your veneers from your teeth.