Cosmetic Dentistry

Veneers

Reasons for veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discoloured or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

Veneers can be direct(composite/filling material) or indirect(porcelain), depending on the severity of the case.

Direct veneers involve etching the front surface of the teeth and bonding composite/filling material to the teeth to create the desired appearance. This can be completed in one appointment and usually requires no local anaesthetic for the procedure.

Indirect(porcelain) veneers usually require two visits to complete the process, with little or no anaesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mould or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (colour) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.