Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain Dental Veneers

  1. What is a porcelain dental veneer?
  2. What are the uses of porcelain dental veneers?
  3. What are the advantages of porcelain dental veneers?
  4. What are the disadvantages of porcelain dental veneers?
  5. How much do porcelain veneers cost?
  6. Can porcelain veneers break or come off?
  7. Can porcelain veneers be stained?
  8. Can porcelain veneers be whitened?
  9. What is the process of fitting your dental veneers?
  10. How long will a porcelain veneer last?

*The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

What is a porcelain dental veneer?

A dental veneer, or tooth veneer, is a thin material placed over the surface of the teeth to improve the appearance of the teeth. Porcelain tooth veneers are made by laboratory technicians, in very thin wafer-like layers, sometimes as small as 0.3 of a millimetre.

A porcelain veneer is ideal if you seek to improve your smile, without the need for surgical drilling or any injections. They can also be used to correct your teeth if they are irregular or misaligned or to cover up gaps in your teeth.

You can contact us at Smile Works Dental or call 020 71834091 to make an appointment with an experienced dentist if you need a porcelain veneer fitting in London.

What are the uses of porcelain dental veneers?

  • To improve the appearance of your smile
  • To cover up discoloured teeth, if you are not satisfied with conventional teeth whitening alternatives.
  • To cover gaps in your teeth, and hide chipped and broken tooth
  • To align crooked teeth
  • To even out the shape of your teeth, if you have small or short teeth.

What are the advantages of porcelain dental veneers?

  • Porcelain dental veneers give the teeth a beautiful natural look and cancel out the need for any tooth shaving or drilling.
  • There is no need for dental injections when fitting a porcelain tooth veneer.
  • Fitting of a veneer is painless, but as a precaution, your dentist can administer a mild anaesthetic.
  • Porcelain veneers make the teeth appear even, and provide a natural, uniform smile.
  • They are stain-resistant.
  • Fitting of porcelain veneer does not take much time and can be completed in only a few appointments by your dentist.

*The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

A veneer treatment improves the appearance of your teeth and hides disfigured tooth. But it does not repair any decay or damage to your tooth; it is not a replacement for orthodontic treatment.

If you need more efficient orthodontic treatments, call our dental clinic on Harley Street, London on 020 71834091 to book an appointment.

What are the disadvantages of porcelain dental veneers?

  • In some treatments, your teeth can appear to be larger once a porcelain veneer is fitted to it. It is more prominent because there is no tooth drilling or very little involved.
  • A teeth removal might be prescribed if your teeth appear too large or bulky, and this alternative is not advisable, especially if your teeth are sound and healthy — You can opt to have a composite veneer fitted in such a case.
  • A porcelain veneer can show signs of chipping and breaking as it ages. In such situations, your only suitable option might be to replace the veneer, and this could be expensive.
  • Porcelain veneers are not easily repaired if damaged.
  • Removal of healthy enamel is compulsory in most porcelain veneer fitting, and this cannot be reversed.

*The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

How much do porcelain veneers cost?

The cost of fitting any dental veneer is dependent on several factors, such as:

  • The experience and skill of the dentist carrying out the treatment
  • The cost of making the veneers in the lab
  • The materials used in the production of the veneer
  • The brand of veneer to be fitted, some brand types like Lumineers and Durathin veneers could be more expensive than others.

Can porcelain veneers break or come off?

All-porcelain veneers are capable of coming off from the teeth. If the porcelain veneer is attached with very strong adhesive to the enamel, the veneer is more likely to break off.

This is possible if too much force is applied to the veneer, or due to improper teeth cleaning and eating habits. A full replacement is the only option once a porcelain veneer breaks off.

Can porcelain veneers be stained?

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, although the teeth surrounding them are not, it can be stained by food and drink.

Can porcelain veneers be whitened?

Porcelain veneers cannot be whitened; you must consider your options carefully before choosing a colour to be made, as the veneers stay the same colour.

What is the process of fitting your dental veneers?

*The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

  • During your consultation, your dentist will take the time to listen to you and learn the problem with your teeth, and your desired expectations regarding your treatment.
  • The condition of your teeth and gum will be thoroughly checked; an x-ray of your teeth might be undertaken to get an apt understanding of your dental condition.
  • Once we have established the health and condition of your teeth and gum, your dentists will conduct a few physical tests to discover if you are qualified for porcelain veneers.
  • A trial smile procedure will commence if all tests come out positive; a mock-up of the veneer will be prepared with wax on a cast model based off your teeth, this will be used to give you a physical demonstration of the veneer to be fitted.
  • The fitting process will be discussed with you in detail, especially if a tooth will need to be removed, or if healthy enamels will be trimmed from your teeth. The modification to be made to your teeth will be explained and shown to you in detail.
  • If you are satisfied with the Trial smile result presented to you, then treatment and modification of your teeth will follow.
  • Dental impressions will be made from your teeth, and veneers will be prepared from the designs already discussed with you, and attached to the surface of your teeth. You are allowed to ask for any minor modifications to be made to the veneer at this time, before the final veneer is moulded in the lab.
  • Fitting of the veneer to your teeth comes next. Once the fitting is done, it is nearly irreversible; you should ensure you are 100% comfortable and happy with your choice, including the shape, size and colour of the veneers.

*The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

How long will a porcelain veneer last?

An estimate for the lifespan of a porcelain veneer is about 7-10 years, but this is not absolute. Various factors can affect the longevity of a porcelain veneer, including:

  • Your teeth-cleaning and eating habits
  • If you grind your teeth, and how often you do it
  • Your diet.
  • Cases of any accidental damage to the porcelain veneer.
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