Laminates & Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are the best available option for a glamorous and a perfect smile. These veneers help restoring the symmetry of the teeth making a person look beautiful. Veneers are a great way to cover stains, close gaps and straighten teeth. They are widely available and in various shades of white to match the colour of the patients teeth.
A VENEER is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of your tooth. Veneers are extremely thin, but once bonded to the tooth they’re very strong and durable.
LAMINATES are most easily described as a “fingernail” of porcelain that is bonded onto the tooth surface. The teeth need to be prepared slightly in preparation for a laminate and then it is fabricated in the dental laboratory to custom match the adjacent teeth.
What are the indications for veneer?
1. Diastemas (spaces between teeth)
2. Broken or chipped teeth
3. Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
4. Permanently stained or discoloured teeth that can’t be bleached
5. Crooked teeth
Why choose a veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth.
A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth.
A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) is not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
How are veneers made?
Generally, it takes a couple of appointments to prepare and fit a veneer. During the first visit, we’ll prepare the tooth to enable an impression to be taken. Some types of veneers require no preparation of the tooth at all. After that impression is taken the veneer is custom-made by a specialised lab technician. During your second visit, your dentist will place the veneer on your tooth to make sure you’re happy with the colour, shape and fit. The veneer will then be bonded in place with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.