If you have broken, chipped, damaged or stained teeth, a dental veneer can completely restore your smile – and your confidence! There are two types of dental veneers – ceramic/porcelain veneers and direct resin veneers.
Porcelain veneers are constructed from a thin, strong shell of porcelain which is made to fit over the visible surface of your tooth. Here at Greenhithe Dentalcare, we use the highest quality of porcelain material. Reasons to get porcelain veneers for your teeth include:
- Family inherited appearances: You may have slight crowding in your front teeth and may not want braces. Alternatively, you may have gaps or discoloured spots or unusually shaped teeth.
- Trauma: You may have had an accident at some point, and may have chipped or cracked your front teeth or your tooth may have gone grey.
- Childhood antibiotics: Although not as common these days, certain antibiotics given in childhood may have left horizontal stains on your front teeth. In most cases, bleaching is ineffective. Porcelain veneers have been found to be very effective in improving such smiles.
- Wear and tear: Our teeth naturally wear down with age. This can deteriorate your smile and self-confidence. In such cases, veneers are a great option to improve your smile.
How long do porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years, so they will eventually need to be replaced. To make your veneers last longer, follow a good oral hygiene program and make sure you have regular hygiene appointments. We'll also provide you with handy hints to ensure that your veneers last longer.
At Greenhithe Dentalcare, our veneers are made in New Zealand from the highest quality of porcelain available. Dr Scott is highly regarded in this field and will be the one perform your veneer work. He will work with you to create the happy, healthy long-lasting smile you deserve.
How long does it take?
This procedure usually takes two to three visits to complete, over a period of two to three weeks. Because our veneers are made in New Zealand, we are able to offer a quick turn-around time.
If ceramic veneers don't fit into your budget or timeline, a direct veneer could be the perfect solution.
The advantage of direct veneers is that only minimal tooth structure is removed, and unlike porcelain veneers, they are prepared and completed in one single appointment. Direct veneers are made entirely by the dentist, using a specific layering technique and a range of modern composite resin materials that vary in tints and shades to create a perfect aesthetic outcome.
Multiple veneers can be prepared at the same time and they can be altered in shape and colour at any stage in the future. They require no impressions or laboratory visits and are quite often less expensive than porcelain veneers.
Not sure if veneers are right for you? Why not book in for a free Smile Consultation? During this consultation we can discuss the features and benefits of veneers for your teeth, and answer any questions you may have. We can also showcase some of the work of our Principal Dentist, Dr Scott Waghorn.