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Patients often ask us about veneers at Portmore, so we thought it might be useful to put together some of the most frequently asked questions.
What are veneers?
In dentistry, a veneer is a very thin layer of material (usually porcelain) placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics (appearance) of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. The tooth or teeth are usually slightly recontoured or shaped and the porcelain veneer is bonded to the enamel surface.
How do I know if I am suitable for veneers?
Veneers can fix most of the aesthetic issues that patients have with their teeth. In many instances, dental veneers can be used to correct the following:
Chipped or broken teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth
Gaps between teeth
Holes or fractures
Not everyone with the above issues will be a candidate for dental veneers. A comprehensive examination and history will be taken by your dentist before deciding if you are suitable for veneers
How long do veneers last? Will I need to have then replaced?
Studies show that most veneers last an average of ten years but there are many cases where veneers will last 20yrs+. The lifespan of these restorations depend on the maintenance which will be similar to that of natural teeth including regular reviews and hygiene visits. Veneers do not fail all at once and it is usually a single veneer in-between multiple others that will need replacing if it happens.
How long does the process take?
The most important step in the process is the planning. Information and records are taken to create a wax mock-up of the planned veneers. The final result can then be viewed by the patient and the dentist before starting the process. The actual preparation and placement of veneers can take anything from a few days to two weeks.
My previous dentist advised that veneers damage my natural teeth, is this true?
In some cases veneers would be a total elective cosmetic procedure and shaping and contouring of the enamel needs to take place to accommodate the placement of the veneers. That said some veneers are extremely thin (less than 1mm) and require minimal or no preparation of existing enamel. In other cases veneers can be used to restore function of the teeth and can actually help to promote the longevity of all the teeth.
I don’t want bright, white teeth, how do you make sure they look natural?
The art and science of porcelain veneers depend on the study of healthy, natural teeth. The perfect veneer and smile make over result will mimic a natural, healthy smile. During the temporary phase the appearance of the new teeth can be evaluated and changed to get that natural, healthy appearance.
My 2 front teeth are very crooked, will veneers solve this?
Veneers are only one of the solutions used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. Braces, composite bonding and cosmetic recontouring can also be used in these cases. Your dentist will be happy to discuss these options with you and decide which way is the best to go for your specific situation.
Why choose Portmore for veneers?
All three the dentists at Portmore have attended numerous postgraduate studies in the field of smile makeovers and placing of porcelain veneers. These studies have taken them all over the world including New York, Miami, Germany and Spain. Between them they have placed thousands of veneers and made hundreds of patients happy with their smiles. Please visit the website to read testimonials from some of our patients.
Please give us a call or come and visit our Smile Advisor if you have any further queries….
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