The most commonly used cosmetic dentistry technique is porcelain veneers. These are coverings created in a dental laboratory to the exact size of an area that is prepared on the tooth. This method involves shaving away a tiny part of the tooth to ensure that the porcelain does not appear excessively thick. Many actors, TV presenters and models use this technique. It is a highly evolved and extremely effective procedure, correcting imperfections and visibly improving the appearance of the tooth permanently and in a simple fashion. Application of a veneer or crown will depend on the preparation of the tooth, as it is not always possible to shave away the required minimal area. In cases where the tooth is already considerably damaged or worn away, crowns will be fitted using the same technology and material as veneers. These are pieces that are attached to the tooth and once in place, are almost as resistant as enamel.
30 minutes / tooth
It is not required
It is not required
Once he has studied your teeth and assessed your case, the specialist will shave away the area to be treated and take an impression of your teeth by applying silicone dough. The laboratory will then use this impression to create veneers that match your exact needs.
Patients are usually required to wear temporary veneers for several weeks until the finished veneers are fitted.
This technique is performed on an outpatient basis i.e. without requiring admission.
The entire tooth preparation process is carried out under local anaesthetic.
Treatment by an oral hygienist is advisable prior to having veneers fitted.
In some cases patients may experience sensitivity on biting following the application of veneers but this disappears within a short time.
A review is required after two weeks to evaluate the results.
Manufacturers provide a guarantee of at least five years although veneers tend to last much longer than this on average.
No. Once veneers are in place, you can continue with your regular diet and consume any kind of food.
No. You should brush them as you would your natural teeth.