Veneers are wafer-thin covers used in cosmetic dentistry to transform the appearance of the teeth. Using the latest porcelain materials, a skilled dental technician can design a laminate as thin as 0.3 of a millimetre. This allows patients who desire more beautiful teeth to use this veneer type devoid of injections or drilling. It is also great for those whose teeth are small or want to correct gappy teeth.
What are the applications of porcelain veneers? Can I use them?
This treatment is used in common cases like:
- To improve smile
- Supporting teeth whitening when it's not sufficient to make your teeth whiter
- Unpleasant-looking and discoloured teeth
- Gappy teeth, treating chipped and broken teeth
- Correction of slightly crooked teeth
- Having a perfect and wonderful smile
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The pros of porcelain veneers
With Emax veneers or Lumineers; modern porcelain materials, very thin veneers can now be designed. They have the following perks:
- Lowering or eliminating the need for resizing or drilling the teeth
- Since no drilling is required, there is no need for injections. However, should a patient choose to have it, or the dentist thinks it's necessary for the patient's comfort, a local anaesthetic can be administered
- A more natural, beautiful, and a better smile can be achieved via porcelain veneers, particularly when multiple teeth are covered. Only a handful of other options gives the same appeal as this procedure
- Resistant to stain
- It requires few appointments and treatment wastes no time
- Porcelain veneers treat minor cases of crowded teeth nearly at once in comparison with orthodontic treatment. However, take note that veneers do not substitute for orthodontic procedure
The cons of porcelain veneers
- Due to the complete absence or very little drilling, post veneer can have the teeth looking bigger in size. Veneers without drilling are best when a patient has small teeth and desire a more pronounced teeth
- In a bid to avoid bigger teeth, some part of the tooth may be removed. This is not really good, particularly for healthy teeth. For this case, composite veneers may be better
- The veneers can get loose and fall off
- Chipping and breakage are possible. Should this happen, a full replacement is required, and it will be expensive
- Repair is not easy if damaged, and sometimes it's not possible to fix them
- Every 7 to 10 years, the entire set of porcelain veneers have to be replaced. That requires good money
What's the price of porcelain veneers?
Generally, what adds up to the cost of porcelain veneers include:
- How much skill and experience the dentist has in placing each piece of veneer
- The type of material used to design the veneers
- How much skill and experience the dental technician has in crafting the veneers
- If they are brand types such as Lumineers and Durathin veneers
The cost of a single or double veneer may be higher than that of multiple veneers. Extra costs may be incurred in cases where a trial smile is needed, and when a patient needs several veneers.
Here at London Braces, we offer:
- At-home whitening if you will have more than 4 veneers
- Emax veneers; one of the most long-standing veneers at a starting price of £945 a piece
- Trial smiles at £50 a tooth with a minimum fee of £150
Can porcelain veneers break or de-bond?
Porcelain veneer of any form can detach. For veneers attached without a reduction in tooth or drilling, they have a higher chance of coming off. Those ones that are placed after tooth reduction don't fall off easily as the bond between veneer and enamel is very strong. But if they should come off or break, it would be as a result of too much pressure or unrecommended habits and foods. Should a veneer get broken, it definitely has to be replaced.
Do veneers get stained or can they be whitened?
Veneers that are made from porcelain don't stain easily, but the teeth around them do get stained.
You cannot whiten your veneers. They maintain the selected colour they were designed with. This is why you need to carefully select a colour you'll love before proceeding with treatment.
How are porcelain veneers fitted?
During your initial consultation, your dentist will find out what your needs are and examine your teeth. The condition of your gum will also be assessed. Prior to having any cosmetic work, your teeth and gums should be in tip-top condition. Should it be that you've not had a dental check-up, our dentist can offer that, and even clean your teeth if you choose to have it done.
When the health and soundness of your teeth have been evaluated to be satisfactory, we will proceed by checking if you are qualified for porcelain veneers, based on your needs and what you expect. Put simply, we want to know if your veneers can be designed with or without tooth extraction.
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Should everything be okay, a trial smile will now be done. What happens here is a display of the veneers and how they'll look like. Your dentist may decide to do a wax-up by using wax to create a mock-up of the veneers and testing them on a model of your teeth to see what it will look like. From here, you can also get to know what your veneers will resemble. Any tweak, including tooth removal that is necessary, will be discussed extensively with you based on the result of the trial smile.
If the patient is satisfied with the mock-up, the new teeth will be treated and adjusted according to the final discussion on adjustments made to the trial smile.
The mould of the teeth is taken for production in the lab while the patient will be given temporary veneers to wear for the meantime. However, if there are slight changes to be made, it is possible to do so at this stage before the permanent veneers are produced.
Lastly, the veneers are attached to the patient's teeth. But the patient and dentist have to be happy with the colour, shape, and size of the veneers before attaching them.
What's the life span of porcelain veneers?
The following factors determine the longevity of porcelain veneers:
- The kind of food you eat
- Your habits and lifestyle
- Damage from accidents
- Whether or not you have bruxism
- Your bite and teeth position
Generally, porcelain veneers are expected to remain active for between 7 to 10 years. Based on the aforementioned reasons, some veneers may still be in use longer than others.
You can call 020 37457520 to fix an appointment with us at London Braces for a consultation on porcelain veneers.