Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth coloured material that are bonded on to the front of teeth to improve their appearance. Teeth that are discoloured, marked, chipped or otherwise damaged can be made to look new again. Gaps between teeth can be closed and crooked teeth can be straightened – provided they’re not too crooked. If they are very crooked, your best option is to have some form of orthodontic brace to move them into the correct position. Unlike veneers which are a ‘quick fix’, orthodontics can take a year or more to achieve a satisfactory result.
Porcelain tends to be stronger and more durable than composite. It’s not prone to staining and it has a natural translucent ‘sparkle’ just like tooth enamel. When providing porcelain veneers, it is usually necessary to remove a small amount of tooth substance so that the finished veneer won’t make the tooth bulkier than it was before – unless, of course, you want to bring a tooth forward to align with those either side of it. In this case you can often add a veneer to the front of the tooth without taking anything away.
Porcelain veneers can last and look great for 10 years or more if properly maintained with good oral hygiene. Eventually, however, they will need to be replaced. The life-span of a composite depends on the size of the restoration and upon the individual’s diet – which may cause wear and staining. In general, you would expect a composite to need attention within 2-3 years.
Your tooth needs to be prepared in advance before the (P V) is bonded to the surface. This is done by shaving off a small portion of your original tooth, about 0.5mm to allow some room for the (P V). The process involves just a very minimal amount of pain but if necessary, you can ask your dentist to use a local anesthetic. If your original tooth needs fixing up, decayed or crooked, then you may need more treatment with dental ultrasonic cleaner.
The porcelain veneer cosmetic dentistry procedure needs just two appointments. On your first visit, the dentist will evaluate the health of your teeth and mouth. Next, the dentist will take impressions of your original teeth to create (P V) that would fit your mouth accurately. The dentist may give you temporary dental veneers while your (P V) are being created.
When you return to the dentist, it is time to bond the veneers directly to your teeth using a special resin cement to make sure that the veneers will be aligned perfectly. Porcelain veneers costs vary, with prices ranging from £800 to £2000 per tooth, but with proper dental practice your veneers can last up to 20 years. To learn more about porcelain veneers.
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