Porcelain veneers are designed to fit over the tooth to improve their appearance. Veneers are made in a natural tooth-coloured shade, so they look just like natural teeth.
Do I need them?
Porcelain veneers are useful in covering up discoloured teeth as well as teeth that are worn down or broken. In cases where teeth have large gaps between them, they can be useful in decreasing this space.
How do they work?
In order to get porcelain veneers, you will first need to discuss with your dentist what it is that you are looking for. If you have particular concerns about the appearance of your teeth, let your dentist know in your first consultation. He or she may take x-rays at this point. He or she will also make a model of your tooth, so that the veneer will fit perfectly.
During the actual procedure, your dentist will start by removing some enamel from the surface of the tooth to make space for the veneer. The veneer will then be placed onto the tooth and your dentist will check that the colour and size is correct. If necessary, he or she will trim the veneer until it is the right size, and adjust the colour to suit your skin tone.
Your dentist will clean your teeth before applying cement to the veneer, and placing the veneer on your tooth. Once the cement has hardened, your dentist will neaten up the tooth and make any final adjustments that might be required.
What are the benefits?
Veneers look very natural, which means that your teeth will look clean and healthy. They are resistant to stains, so they will stay in good condition in the long term. They provide a good solution to a number of concerns, like chips, stains, and uneven teeth.