What are Porcelain Veneers?

What are Porcelain Veneers?

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are small layers of material (usually porcelain) that are fixed permanently to a broken, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth.
By fixing them to teeth, they can improve their shape, colour and positioning.

They are colour matched to ensure they don’t look out of place with the rest of your teeth and are added with minimal difficulty.

They are used primarily for the visible front-facing teeth but can be added to rear teeth when necessary.

What Is The Porcelain Veneer Process?

What Is The Porcelain Veneer Process?

What Is The Porcelain Veneer Process?

Once you have come into 3 Dental for your intial consultation and are suitable for veneers, our clinician will discuss what you would like at the end of your journey. They will take pictures and work to give you a smile design so that you will know what your veneers will look like before you start.

With your smile design complete we will begin to prepare your teeth for the veneers themselves. Once prepared impressions will be taken so that our dental lab can make the final restorations. We will give you temporary veneers until your fit date 3/4 weeks later.

Benefits

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The Process

  • Examination & Preparation
  • Anaesthetic Injection
  • Taking A Mould
  • Cleaning The Tooth
  • The Final Stage
Examination & Preparation
Examination & Preparation

Examination & Preparation

Dental veneer treatment will always begin with an examination of the teeth, however treatment can require multiple visits to the dentist.

An examination allows you to discuss the end result, maintenance and any other concerns you may have with your dentist before any treatment has begun.

Once this examination is complete, the next step will consist of preparing the tooth to ensure the veneer fixes properly.

Anaesthetic Injection
Anaesthetic Injection

Anaesthetic Injection

A local anaesthetic is often required to prevent any sensitivity.

After which the tooth is prepared by reshaping the outer layer of enamel to create space for a beautiful porcelain veneer.

Taking A Mould
Taking A Mould

Taking A Mould

Once complete, your dentist will take a mould to ensure the correct shape and colour of the dental veneer.

If necessary, a temporary veneer will be created to help protect the tooth until a permanent one can be created.

However, this is usually only required if the tooth is badly damaged or in a poor state.

Cleaning The Tooth
Cleaning The Tooth

Cleaning The Tooth

The next stage of the treatment consists of cleaning the tooth, removing the temporary veneer if one was added and fitting the permanent one in its place.

Both patient and dentist will review the appearance of the veneers before they are cemented to ensure they fit well and look great.

Similar to the first session, you will receive a dental examination and a local anaesthetic before any treatment is undertaken.

The Final Stage
The Final Stage

The Final Stage

Then the dental veneer is carefully fixed to the tooth using a specialised dental bonding cement which is hardened using a bright light.

Lastly, a final examination of the colour, shape and bite is undertaken and any extra dental cement is removed.

Your dentist will then give you advice on maintenance, foods or drink to avoid and a date for a follow-up examination to ensure the success of the treatment.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What is a Veneer made out of?

A veneer is made out of Porcelain. Usually either EMax or Feldspathic porcelain.

Your dentist will explain to you the pros and cons of the different materials.

How long do Veneers last?

This will very much depend on how well the veneers are maintained at home and by frequent check ups with dentist and hygienist. 7-20 years would be the normal range.

How will I know what my Veneers will look like?

At 3Dental we make a Digital Smile Design to give you a impression of what the veneers can look like.

We also will make you temporary veneers so you can 'try out' the appearance of the veneers.

Are Veneers painful?

No. There can be some sensitivity with veneers after fitting but this is transient.

Your dentist will manage any issues you have.

Veneers will feel and function like your own teeth in no time.

How do I care for my Veneers?

The same as you care for your own teeth! Brush, Floss and regular dental and hygienist check ups.

Is my diet restricted with Veneers?

Not at all. Veneers are strong and you can bite into any normal food. Apples, crispy rolls, steaks - no problem. Just no biting your nails!

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