Porcelain veneers are designed to mask flaws, fill gaps and add a healthy shine to your teeth. They are often used by cosmetic dentists for teeth that are stained, crooked or worn. Veneers improve tooth shape, position and colour and are custom-made to suit your mouth contours. They improve the aesthetics of your smile and protect surfaces which have been damaged for added strength and protection.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin cases made of ceramic material that are fixed directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They have often been compared to 'false nails' in that they are small, thin and fit over the existing tooth structure. A specific shade of porcelain may be chosen in order to closely match the colour of your teeth.
Very little preparation of the tooth is required as the veneers are fixed in place using a strong bonding material. They are perfect is you are looking to improve your smile quickly and are proving to be one of the most straightforward, versatile treatments in cosmetic dentistry.
Some of the major uses of porcelain veneers include:
- Masking stains: Teeth that have become stained can be dramatically improved through the use of veneers
- Repairing damaged teeth: Broken or chipped teeth benefit from porcelain veneers that recreate the colour and characteristics of natural teeth
- Filling gaps: They can be used to close small gaps between the teeth to improve the uniformity of your smile
- Realigning teeth: This is a quick and straightforward way of improving the appearance of crooked teeth
Placing a veneer on the top of a tooth is a quick and simple way of achieving a perfect smile.