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Cosmetic dentistry

Make Me Smile Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, also called laminates, are ultra-thin shells of ceramic, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This virtually painless procedure requires little or no anaesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Becoming increasingly popular in the past 12 years, tens of thousands of porcelain veneers have been placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and to improve a smile.

Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

Veneers can work as an alternative to minor orthodontics, but are not recommended in cases of severe crowding or misalignment of teeth or malocclusions. Customarily, veneers are preferable to full crowns when there is adequate remaining tooth structure to support the restoration. Veneers require less reduction of healthy tooth structure than full crowns, without compromising the periodontal or gingival health. It is a blend of art and science that enables a skilled practitioner to achieve a sensational effect.

Using Porcelain Veneers, we can:

  • Close spaces between the teeth (diastemas)

  • Rebuild broken or chipped teeth

  • Replace unsightly, stained or washed out fillings

  • Lighten discoloured teeth

  • Reshape crooked teeth

  • Whiten dark yellow or stained teeth

Veneers are very thin and are bonded on the front of your anterior teeth. They have an advantage over bonding alone because the porcelain will not stain or discolour over time. These veneers are about 0.3mm to 0.5mm in thickness but are very strong once bonded to your teeth. They have a “life like” appearance with the strength, beauty, and durability only porcelain restorations can afford. Veneers also have the advantage of not requiring the same degree of grinding of tooth structure that caps or crowns do, yet, they can accomplish a lifelike aesthetic result.

 

 

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Some facts you might want to know about porcelain veneers:

  • Since they require approximately .5mm of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are NOT considered a reversible form of treatment.

  • Occasionally the preparation of a porcelain laminate veneer does not require the use of a local anaesthetic. However, for those patients that are particularly sensitive or anxious, a local anaesthetic is advisable.

  • The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a porcelain laminate veneer is approximately ten working days.

  • Due to the minimal amount of tooth reduction, it is usually not necessary to fabricate any type of temporary restoration. Should a temporary be needed, they can, in most circumstances, be made at the time of treatment.

  • Between your preparation visit and the insertion visit, you can expect some sensitivity to hot and cold. This is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after the placement of your porcelain laminate veneer.

Your second visit, the insertion of your laminate, can be accomplished, once again, with or without local anaesthetic. This visit is usually longer in length. The laminates are placed with a light sensitive resin which is hardened by using a special light.

Once placed your laminates are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain has great crushing strength but poor tensile strength. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to twist the laminate. Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or jelly apples is probably not a good idea. As with most things, common sense should prevail.

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140, Mere Green Road
Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
West Midlands
B75 5DB
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