Revive the appearance of your teeth with porcelain veneers
When patients think of whitening their smile they think of typical teeth whitening treatments like Zoom teeth whitening. However, for those stains which teeth whitening cannot remove, porcelain veneers are the ideal option. Not only can this treatment conceal discolouration, but it can also conceal minor chips, cracks and other imperfections.
What are porcelain veneers?
They are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of your teeth in the smile zone. The smile zone is the six top and six bottom front teeth, also known as the ‘social six’—the ones visible when you smile. The composite material which is used to create the veneers is colour and shade matched to your natural teeth so they blend in seamlessly.
Treatment process for porcelain veneers
From start to finish this treatment requires two appointments. The first is when impressions of your teeth are taken and your teeth are prepared for the veneers. Then your dentist will attach temporary veneers to your teeth while the dental lab creates your veneers. Your second appointment is when your dentist removes the temporary veneers and places more permanent ones.
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant: not stain-proof, so we advise you maintain good oral hygiene habits to help maintain the appearance of your smile. It should also be noted that veneers, once fabricated, cannot be whitened. That is why one our friendly dentists will ask if you are happy with the colour of your teeth before they proceed with treatment. If you are not, then you may want to undergo Zoom teeth whitening prior to placing the porcelain veneer. By doing this, it means your veneers will be matched to your whiter teeth and when you get whitening again your veneer won’t stand out.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
How long the veneers last partly depends on how well you look after them. Generally speaking, veneers can last up to 10 years, but we must stress that this does depend on how well you look after your oral health.