Veneers are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to transform a smile using minimally invasive techniques. Veneers can be used to mask the appearance of surface defects, discoloration, and to correct slight orthodontic irregularity. There are two types of veneer techniques available, the traditional laboratory made porcelain variety and composite veneers which are created in surgery by the dentist.
Due to the state of the art porcelain technologies used by our laboratory, this technique allows us to create teeth that have the texture and translucency of natural enamel whilst being resistant to staining.
Some tooth preparation is needed when this technique is used, the actual amount differs from person to person however the reduction to natural tooth structure is always minimal. This treatment requires at least two visits after the initial consultation, the first to prepare the teeth to accept the veneers and the second to fit the finished product. A third appointment is sometimes needed to try the veneers for a short period to assess the appearance before they are fitted with strong adhesive. In the interim between the preparation and fit appointments, temporary veneers are fitted to maintain aesthetics.
Composite veneers, often called direct veneers are another option when considering a smile makeover. This technique only requires one visit as the veneers are created chair-side by the dentist. This is a popular option as it requires little or no preparation to the natural tooth structure however it is not suitable for every case as it is unable to produce the dramatic changes that are sometimes required, in these instances porcelain veneers or crowns may be more appropriate. To create the direct veneers, the dentist builds up composite filling material in small layers, mimicking natural tooth enamel until the desired aesthetic is achieved.