Porcelain laminate veneers are a traditional style of veneer and are highly durable.
This type of veneer can be a great option to restore teeth that have become cracked, chipped or discoloured and is an aesthetically pleasing long term solution to these problems.
- Stain proof surface- porcelain veneers are made from a smooth ceramic that is impervious to stain from cigarette smoking and consumption of highly coloured food and beverages.
- Natural looking-the material used has translucent properties that mimics the way natural enamel reflects and absorbs light. Unlike lumineers, porcelain veneers can be shaded differently to accommodate varying shades in your natural tooth enamel.
- Long-lasting- this treatment, with good care tends to last 10-15 years before replacement is necessary.
- Often requires a reduction in the natural tooth surface (0.5-0.7mm).
- Cannot be repaired, must be replaced.
- It is the most expensive and time consuming veneer option.
- The treatment is not reversible as so much of the natural tooth structure is removed.
- Due to the porcelain material, your front teeth should not be used to bite hard foods such as an apple.
First Appointment – Smile Design
During this appointment your teeth are examined and your desired outcome and expectations are discussed. Your colour shade is selected and your teeth may be prepared for porcelain veneers by trimming 0.5-0.7mm of the enamel from the front and biting edge of your teeth. This is done to accommodate the added thickness of your new veneers without creating a bulky “buck toothed” look. An impression is then taken of your teeth, and temporary veneers may be applied for the meantime.
Second Appointment – Installation
During your next appointment the temporary veneers will be removed, and the shape and colour of your new veneers will be checked. If the fit, feel and appearance are correct, we will then clean your teeth in a mild acidic solution to create a roughened surface ready for bonding. Tooth coloured bonding adhesive is then applied to the teeth and hardened with a curing light. Any excess cement is removed, and then your new teeth are flossed and polished to perfection.
Your veneers may appear unnaturally white for the first few days-this should subside as the veneer moisturises and gains a natural appearance.