Porcelain veneers - Emergency Dentist London

Porcelain veneers are sometimes also known as dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates. These are one of cosmetic dentistry's more recent developments. These wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth can be an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth that are stained, chipped, or slightly misaligned.

Porcelain veneer technique is an offshoot of the basic science of cosmetic dental bonding. Dentists have had materials available to them for decades that are capable of creating a tenacious bond with tooth enamel.
Porcelain veneer technique utilizes the bonding capability of these materials to securely attach a thin shell of porcelain which is the porcelain veneer to a tooth. Although porcelain is inherently brittle, when it is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure normally a tooth so it becomes very strong and durable.

Since porcelain veneers are glass-like in nature which are ceramic as they have a great advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques by way of the fact that they are translucent. When a porcelain veneer is bonded onto a tooth's surface it will closely mimic the light handling characteristics of dental enamel.

When light strikes the surface of a veneered tooth it can penetrate on into the veneer's porcelain, just like it does with dental enamel. Once it has traversed the full thickness of the porcelain the light will reflect off the opaque cement and tooth dentin that lies underneath the veneer, and then on back out of the tooth. This translucency effect of the porcelain creates a lustrous appearance for the tooth that very closely resembles the appearance of enamel.
This reatment is a two-appointment process:

In the 1st Appointment the teeth are ground and surfaces cleaned. A segment of the enamel that is the size of the veneer is removed and an impression of the patient’s teeth taken. The Patient will wear a temporary veneer whilst the permanent veneers are being made.

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At the 2nd Appointment the permanent veneers are fitted for size and comfort, the temporary veneers are removed and the teeth are cleaned again. The permanent veneers are then fitted to the patient’s teeth and polished.
Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and any damage that is due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.

Veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It's not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this procedure can greatly enhance the smile and can improve self-esteem.

Teeth whitening may provide a white smile for mildly discolored teeth. Some people who are interested in veneers will find that their cosmetic dentist will steer them to the simpler alternative of whitening, perhaps combined with some simple orthodontic alignment. The placement of dental veneers requires the “shaping” or “prepping” of all teeth being fitted with the custom-designed shells. This process permanently alters the teeth that are treated and is therefore not recommended if your natural teeth are functionally and esthetically adequate.

Patients considering having veneers should understand that veneers are not removable; once the teeth are prepared for porcelain veneers, the process is irreversible. Before committing to veneers, patients should consult with an experienced dentist offering porcelain veneers in London to explore all their options.

If you have a severe case of dull or discolored teeth, you may have to opt for dental veneers. Veneers do have the added benefits of longevity and a proven ability to enhance the appearance of the mouth, smile, and possibly other areas of an aged face that would be better supported by properly shaped teeth. Although veneers require a much larger commitment than teeth whitening, the results are typically well worth it.

Although the placement of veneers is an irreversible process, veneers may eventually need to be replaced. Veneers may become worn down over time, or they may become damaged or break off in an accident. Patients should be aware of this possibility and of the future cost that may be incurred.

 

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