Suffering from chipped, crooked, stained or discoloured teeth? The good news is that there are now numerous solutions to remedy these and one such remedy are Veneers.

There are two main types of veneers: porcelain veneers and direct laminate or composite veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that can be attached to the front surface of an existing tooth. They can be a good option for treating stained, discoloured and chipped teeth, and they’re also a suitable solution for filling gaps between teeth.

What’s involved in getting porcelain veneers?

Here’s a brief outline of the treatment:

  1. Before a veneer can be fitted your dentist will need to remove a thin layer from the surface of the original tooth.
  2. Then, an impression will be taken and the veneers will be made by a special technician.
  3. When the veneers are ready, the colour and fit will be confirmed before they are permanently bonded to the original teeth with cement.

In many instances, (and dependent on how many teeth are being treated), several visits to the dentists may be required to complete treatment.

What are Direct Laminate/Composite Veneers?

Direct laminate or composite veneers give you more control. They can be designed with the patient in the dental chair, giving them the opportunity to provide feedback, and have influence, with regard to every aspect of their construction.

What’s involved in getting Direct Laminate/Composite Veneers?

Here’s a brief outline of the treatment:

  1. The surface of the tooth usually needs to be prepared in order to successfully apply an adhesive coating.
  2. A tooth coloured resin is then bonded to the tooth surface layer by layer.
  3. Then a curing light hardens each layer after which the veneer is re-shaped and polished to resemble a natural tooth.

It’s important to note that although direct laminate or composite veneers can sometimes be less invasive, they are not generally considered to be as strong as porcelain veneers and may not be suitable for everyone – it’s best to check with your dentist.

Want to know more about Veneers? Contact your local Primary Dental centre directly.

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