Also known as dental laminates, dental veneers are custom-made, thin shells of tooth-coloured materials, which are fitted over the tooth to change its shape, size, length, and colour. Modern veneers provide a natural look, thanks to their translucent ceramic quality, which diffuses light more efficiently.
Dental veneers are offered at many dental practices, including Liverpool Smile Studio in Liverpool. They are very versatile because they can solve many cosmetic issues such as slightly misaligned, overcrowded, chipped and stained teeth. Veneers can even close gaps between teeth.
How do they work?
Porcelain veneers are made of several thin layers as well as an adhesive layer. They are minimally invasive because they require only a very small amount of tooth enamel to be removed in order to be secured in placed. Enamel removal is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit perfectly over the tooth and restore natural tooth function while creating an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Porcelain veneers usually require two treatment visits. The first visit is to prepare the teeth and take proper measurements for the ceramicist, who will create the customised veneers. The second appointment involves the veneers in front of the teeth with a special bonding agent.
The bond between the teeth and porcelain veneers is really important not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because it guarantees correct veneer function. For this reason, light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened with the aid of a special curing light.
Benefits of dental veneers
Porcelain veneers are customised to blend seamlessly with the rest of the natural teeth, from size to shape to colour. For the best natural-looking results, a dentist can match the colour of the veneers to that of surrounding teeth. In addition to concealing oral flaws, veneers can strengthen and protect sensitive teeth that have chips or cracks. This is because porcelain is a durable and hard-wearing material.
Moreover, taking care of veneers to make them last as long as possible is a very easy task. Regular brushing, flossing and frequent dental check-ups should keep veneers plaque-free. Finally, veneers are very durable and are designed to last for a long period of time, even decades.