Veneers are thin shells covering the front of the teeth. They reconstruct the teeth by correcting their contours, colours and dimensions in order to improve the smile’s appearance. The veeners are either made of porcelain or mixed materials.
Stained teeth that bleaching cannot improve.
- Fairly damaged teeth (severely damaged teeth are best fixed by crowns)
- Broken teeth.
- Teeth that are not straightened, although it is advisable to consider orthodontics beforehand.
- Diastema (spaces between teeth), orthodontics can be as efficient.
Steps of veneer’ preparation
First medical examination
- Prior to this examination, the dentist has examined the teeth and the X-rays to make sure that veneers are the appropriate treatment.
- In order to prepare a tooth for veneers, the dentist must remove, under local anaesthesia, about half a millimetre of enamel on the front of the tooth only. Then, a teeth imprint is produced and sent to the dental lab in order to manufacture the veneers.
- Temporary veneers are eventually put on the teeth and left until the next exam.
Second medical examination
The permanent veneers consolidation takes place two to three weeks later. The dentist removes the temporary veneers, applies the permanent veneers and verifies their adaptation and colour before consolidating them with specific cement.
Advantages of porcelaine veneers
- They offer a natural appearance of the tooth.
- Veneers are food-stain resistant.
- A porcelain colour can be selected to give the teeth a whiter look.
Good oral hygiene with theraugh brushing and usie of dental floss on both the veneers and real teeth is essential.
Veneers last between 8 and 12 years and must then be replaced. Note that veneers’ treatment cannot be reversed.