Veneers are another alternative to rapidly brighten your smile in just a couple of visits. Dental veneers are thin custom made porcelain or composite overlays that are attached securely over only the front surfaces of teeth , unlike crowns that cover the whole tooth. They provide better aesthetics, improving the shade of discoloured teeth, close up gaps and correcting mild crowding of front teeth. They are a cosmetic restoration that mask the small imperfections and flaws in your smile, transforming enamel into straighter, fuller and whiter in two visits.
How do Veneers Help?
It’s possible to conceal or reduce the signs of imperfect teeth with custom
- Spaces between teeth
- Minor crowding
- Uneven enamel
- Chipped edges
- Discolouration and deep staining
Veneers differ from dental crowns as they only cover the outside front surfaces of your teeth instead of the entire surface. The margins are kept hidden as they gently wrap around the edges of the teeth. Because they are cosmetic, you can’t have them for large cavities, fractures or after root canal treatment.
Treatment Planning for you
An initial evaluation and consultation is required prior to getting the veneers done for you. Discussions between you and the dentist will include how many teeth are involved and how you want your smile to look like. Usually six to ten teeth will be required and will advise you the cost accordingly.
Once the treatment plan is agreed upon, an appointment will be made whereby the teeth are prepared by trimming the enamel surface to make enough space for the veneers to be bonded so they won’t feel too bulky. An impression will be taken and sent to the lab for fabrication by a lab technician. After about two weeks, you’ll need to return to our clinic to have the porcelain veneers bonded into place.
What About Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are a type that can be completed in one day on the same visit. They are indicated when for only one or two problematic teeth, rather than numerous ones across your entire smile. The composite material is bonded directly to the tooth surface and cured into place, instantly masking any aesthetic flaws.
Which is best for you?
Book a consultation with Kent Dental Works to see if this treatment is suitable for you.