What are Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers also referred to as porcelain veneers or dental porcelains are simply a thin covering placed on a patient’s existing teeth. This covering is made out of porcelain, hence the term porcelain veneers.
With advancements in dental technology, ultra thin veneers measuring 1mm – 0.3mm is now possible. With correct colour matching, the results can almost instantaneously transform the appearance of the patient’s smile. As such, it’s one of the most popular dental procedures.
Dental veneers are specifically tailored to each patient’s teeth. Therefore, the thickness of the veneer depends on a host of factors varying with each patient’s tooth formation and specific needs.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for patients who would like to correct discolouration of their teeth, especially heavy stains that do not lighten even with professional tooth whitening.
It takes a skilled dental surgeon to ensure your veneers look as natural as possible. Also, it is crucial that underlying dental issues are effectively addressed.
Dr Taylor has more than 20 years experience in providing dental veneers to countless happy patients. The best testament to his skills are his patients who continue to refer their family and friends to him.
Does the procedure require any drilling or surgery?
This answer depends on each patient’s dental condition and needs. If there are pre-existing issues such as decay, crowded teeth or weak enamal, then the best practice is to address the underlying conditions for a long term solution.
Dr Taylor strictly adheres to best practices in dental standards.
However, if the patients teeth are healthy and only need surface improvements to the contour, colour or shape, then the porcelain veneers can be bonded onto their teeth without requiring any drilling or surgical procedures.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers potentially can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. However, this does depend on how you treat your teeth. As with anything, abuse or lack of care can undermine your veneers. For instance, if you use your veneered teeth as a tool, say to open a beer bottle or a can, then just like your natural teeth, your veneers can chip or crack.
Do veneers stain?
Yes, veneers do stain but the good news is you will be able to restore them to their original colour with dental bleach fairly quickly. It takes approximately about 15 minutes to revive them compared to the time it takes to whiten your natural teeth.
How much do veneers cost?
Veneers are provided on a case by case basis. There are a host of factors that will determine the cost of your porcelain veneers. Therefore, it is best to consult with Dr Taylor who will be able to provide you with a quote after he has had the opportunity to examine you.
Please call or book an appointment to speak with Dr Taylor. He will be happy to clarify any further detail you require based on your needs.