What are Veneers?
Veneers are custom-made thin shells of ceramic that are bonded to teeth to cover them when they are chipped or cracked. They are like false finger nails for teeth.
Minimal preparation of tooth is required for our ceramists to hand craft your veneer from lithium disilicate (a type of porcelain) materials to portray a bright, beautiful and natural smile.
Why are they used?
Veneers are used to mask discoloured, chipped, cracked, poorly shaped and positioned teeth. Rapid advances in ceramic technology and resin bonding systems has revolutionized the smile design concept. Preparation varies from patient to patient. If required Dr. Q will carry out minimal reduction (0.5-1.0mm) for our ceramist to create your perfect smile. The materials used by our ceramists to create your veneers provide the most aesthetic man-made alternative to natural tooth tissue.
After initial consultation and assessment, the options appropriate to your case will be thoroughly discussed with you. Preoperative pictures and tooth shade will be taken and the smile design process is initiated. Impressions will be taken to allow our ceramist to provide a diagnostic wax up, this will physically allow you to visualise and approve the intended outcome.
At your second visit the teeth to be veneered will be minimally prepared. An impression will be taken and sent to our ceramist along with your smile design and custom prescription. Temporary veneers are constructed to provide you with an aesthetic provisional restoration, already improving your smile. In the meantime, your final veneers will be handcrafted.
At the final visit the provisional veneers are carefully removed, and your custom made veneers tried on. It may take a couple of days for you to become accustomed to your new veneers. You will be invited to return in a few weeks , to review your oral health status, condition of veneers and feedback of the cosmetic result.
It is important to employ a strict oral hygiene regime encompassing professional hygiene intervention. You will be shown the most appropriate method to ensure optimal oral health. As with any treatment regular recall and review is essential to ensure the status of your veneers.
Porcelain veneers are used to modify the shape and color of teeth. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are etched and then bonded to the enamel of the teeth. Tooth preparation is necessary to avoid over bulking of the tooth, but it is limited to the enamel and usually involves only a few surfaces of the tooth.
For those patients that suffer from dental anxiety, we offer Conscious Sedation to help you feel more relaxed during treatment.