Porcelain Veneers


A Porcelain Veneer is a thin layer of tooth coloured porcelain bonded to the outer surface of a tooth. The veneer will mask malformed, chipped and discoloured teeth and is similar to a false fingernail. Veneers are used to significantly improve the appearance of a single tooth or may be bonded to multiple teeth to create a new smile. Veneers require much less removal of tooth structure than crowns but need to be placed on sound teeth as they do not strengthen the tooth.

Before

Before

After:

After: Tooth whitening, veneers and composite fillings

Pretreatment:
It is important to discuss your aesthetic expectations and your dental problems at your first visit.

Although not essential, it is preferable to whiten teeth prior to veneering as it is easier to mask lighter coloured teeth than dark teeth.
As most people prefer lighter coloured teeth, Tooth Whitening should be completed before starting any aesthetic work as it may not be possible to whiten teeth after veneers or crowns are cemented. Once placed, porcelain and tooth coloured filling materials will not change colour if the patient decides to whiten their other teeth in the future. A better aesthetic result is achieved if the new dental work matches teeth that have been lightened in colour.
Allow sufficient time, up to 3-4 weeks to whiten your teeth and for the colour to stabilize before starting any active dental treatment.

For Multiple Veneers:-I prefer to have a trial run at making up the veneers whenever we are about to make major changes to someones appearance. It is best to make ‘Mock Ups’ of all teeth involved in the restoration work. I temporarily place white filling material over your teeth to approximate the shape of the final veneers while you watch in a mirror. It is important we get feedback from you at this stage. You are able to make suggestions and alterations at this appointment. When you are happy with the appearance of the teeth the mock up is recorded using photos and impressions. The photos and impressions are sent to a ceramicist (a dental technicians that specialise in crowns and porcelain work) who makes the veneers.

Before:

Before:

After: Tooth whitening and  four anterior veneers

After: Tooth whitening and four anterior veneers

Treatment Visits: Each tooth is prepared by removing a thin layer (half a millimeter) from the tooth surface to allow for the thickness of the porcelain veneer. An impression is taken and sent to a ceramist who makes the veneers with the help of the mock up impressions and photos. At your next visit, the veneers are checked for fit, colour and shape prior to cementing.

It is advisable that an Occlusal Splint is worn nightly to protect the veneers from possible fracture.

Before: close up

Before: close up

After: Close up of porcelain veneers

After: Close up of porcelain veneers

Pre Treatment: Old chipped direct white filling veneers

After: Three porcelain indirect veneers