The upper front teeth are a crucial part of a smile. Their form, shape, alignment, and colour all need to perfectly match for a great smile! Dental veneers are a popular way to enhance a smile that’s marred by front teeth that are not harmonious in appearance. The beauty of veneers is that they create a perfectly harmonious look for the teeth without needing the teeth to be ‘cut down’. Some reasons why teeth may be veneered are:
- Chipped teeth: wear and tear with age or trauma can cause the edges of teeth to chip
- Small teeth: Inheriting a tooth size that’s too small and doesn’t harmonise with facial proportions
- Crooked or uneven teeth: Minor alignment problems that you wouldn’t want braces for correction
- Discoloured or stained: taking medications like tetracycline in childhood can cause discoloured enamel
- Teeth that have unsightly gaps in-between
What Is The Procedure For Getting Porcelain Veneers?
Our dentist closely analyse not just your teeth but also your smile, facial proportions and dental needs to advise you if porcelain veneers are for you and the number of teeth to be included. We also discuss in detail the projected outcome, using visual tools and models to work with you for creating a smile you desire.
The first treatment visit involves preparing the teeth for creating space to bond the veneers. A thin area of about half a milimeter of the enamel on the front surface of the tooth is carefully reshaped. Once the preparations are complete for all the teeth, we record h ighly accurate impressions. We also carefully note the shade the veneers should be designed in, using special shade-guides and photographs, often in consultation with the dental ceramist.
The second treatment visit begins with a trial of the veneers in the mouth, to ensure that they actually match your expectations perfectly. If any minor changes in shade or shape need to be made, they can be sent back to the lab for corrections.
What Care Should I Take Once I Have Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can easily last for more than a decade when cared for well. Regular care involves good oral hygiene practices; brushing and flossing, as well as keeping a regular dental visit schedule for cleaning. Avoid loading the veneers too hard, by clenching or grinding habits or biting on very hard objects with the front teeth is advisable to reduce their chances of chipping and keep them sparkling!