Veneers are a thin, semi-translucent laminate permanently bonded to your teeth. While they’re not suitable for every patient, veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving the front teeth, including
- Diastemas (spaces between teeth)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed-out fillings
- Permanently stained or discoloured teeth that can’t be bleached
- Crooked teeth
Advantages and Benefits of Veneers
- A conservative amount of tooth structure is removed during the procedure
- Veneers are the most biocompatible material you can use next to the gingiva (part of the gum tissue that immediately surrounds the teeth and alveolar bone)
- A healthy “natural” look is achieved; in fact, porcelain veneers are the most aesthetic restoration in dentistry.
How are Porcelain Veneers Done?
At the first appointment the teeth are prepared for the veneers and an impression is taken. This impression is then sent to a lab where each porcelain veneer is custom made to the dentist’s specifications and beautiful temporaries are fabricated to simulate your new smile.
A Natural-coloured Filling Material
The natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth, in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished. Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile.
Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth – spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice. Bonding for teeth consists of the use of composite resin tooth-coloured filling material. This material can be used on the anterior (front) teeth or posterior (back) teeth. The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding is because an adhesive agent is used to bond the resin to the tooth structure.
Ceramic Crowns are used for teeth which need to be strengthened either because they have broken, have been weak. For detail, see Crown Bridges.