Porcelain veneers are fine sheets of laminated porcelain that are shaped like natural teeth and applied over existing teeth to create a flawless white smile.
Veneers are versatile and can correct a range of common problems patients may have, including teeth that are:
The teeth are first prepared by polishing thin layers of the tooth structure. This groundwork is necessary to make room for the new veneers and the procedure will be carried out under local anaesthetic.
Once the preparation is complete impressions are taken of the teeth and used as a template to ensure the veneers fit the contours of the natural teeth. You will select the shade and shape of the veneers and once they have been made they can be applied to your teeth and fixed into position. We will check to make sure that you are happy with the look of your new smile, before gluing the veneers to the teeth using strong dental adhesive.
As porcelain veneers require the removal of dental enamel you will require anaesthetic to numb the area prior to treatment. However, once the gums have been numbed you will feel nothing throughout the treatment. After treatment the teeth may be sensitive for a short time and anti-inflammatory medication can help with this.
Your treatment will take place over two appointments in addition to your initial consultation to discuss treatment options and requirements. Your first appointment will involve preparing the teeth so that they are suitable for the veneers. Impressions will then be taken of your teeth and sent to our dental lab. We usually have your custom made veneers back to us within two weeks. During this time you will be fitted with temporary veneers. Your veneers will be fitted during your second appointment.
Porcelain veneers are incredibly natural looking and are the key treatment in a smile makeover. Whether you have gaps that need closing, chips that need covering or crooked teeth in need of correction, porcelain veneers can provide an almost instant rejuvenation in just two visits. Providing they are well taken care of veneers can last between 10-15 years and are highly resistant to staining.
To fit porcelain veneers some of the dental enamel must be removed, which means the treatment is irreversible. Therefore, if the veneers fall off or need replacing, you will require more treatment.
The cost of porcelain veneer treatment is based on how many veneers you require and the severity of your tooth condition. Our dental team will be happy to discuss such issues with you during a free consultation at our Harley Street practice.