It’s no secret that film stars and celebrities keenly seek this form of treatment to create their perfect smile. You may say it’s a professional requirement. Porcelain veneers are considered to be one of the state of the art cosmetic treatments and is now widely available to anyone who wants it.
What is a porcelain veneer?
Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells of porcelain that can be bonded to the front of your teeth to provide a beautiful new smile. They are created to correct the unique problems you have with your teeth.
Unlike caps and crowns, veneers only cover the front surface of a tooth. They are individually handcrafted from porcelain by our world renowned technicians. Veneers are used to rectify many defects, examples of which are shown in our photo gallery. These include closing gaps, realigning crowded and protruding teeth, and whitening discoloured teeth.
Porcelain veneers are one of the least invasive types of restoration and can perfectly match the shape, size, colour and translucency of your teeth. Your porcelain veneers can also be selected to be a lighter shade so that your teeth are whiter than before.
Why would porcelain veneers be suitable for me?
Porcelain veneers are durable and stain resistant so that with proper care they can last many years. They are a perfect option if you are suffering from:
- Gaps in Your Smile
- Cracked Teeth
- Crooked Teeth
- Broken Teeth
- Worn Teeth
- Misshapen Teeth
- Heavily Filled Teeth
- Stained or Discoloured Teeth
Case Studies by © Dr Timothy Williams:
Q. How long will veneers last?
A. Veneers should last for many years, but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.
Q. How long will it take?
A. Veneers take at least two visits: the first to prepare the teeth and to match the shade, and the second to fit. Before bonding in place, we will show you the veneers on your teeth to make sure you are happy with them. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.
Q. Do my teeth need extensive drilling?
A. No, not at all! Frequently, preparing your teeth consists of removing only a very small amount of tooth enamel from the front of your teeth to compensate for the thickness of the porcelain veneers, which are often thinner than a contact lens. In many cases, there is often no need to remove any enamel at all!
Q. How are the teeth prepared so accurately?
A. After it has been determined that porcelain veneers are the best solution for you, Dr Williams will very carefully prepare your teeth utilising specially made, customised preparation guides for the procedure. Dr Williams also wears a magnifying device (loupes) to make your problem smaller!
Q. I have seen many people with veneers that just don’t look natural. Why should this be?
A. Cheap quality veneers never look natural. And, let’s face it, veneers are supposed to make our teeth look better, not worse! It is often the case that we simply get what we pay for: on the high street we can see ‘Primark’ and ‘John Lewis’ side by side, both selling clothes. The difference is in the overall shopping experience, and quality and cut of the fabrics. Here at The Lytham Dental Clinic we plan your case meticulously and leave nothing to chance. In addition, we use world class dental technicians who produce veneers of unrivalled quality.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. The cost of cosmetic porcelain veneers really depends on your individual needs, the type of treatments needed and the materials used. At your initial appointment, we will discuss this with you and also provide you with a fully itemised treatment plan and estimate of costs. We will also provide you with payment plan options that can make cosmetic dental improvements affordable for you.
Q. Do all dentists provide the same quality veneers?
A. We truly believe that cosmetic dentistry is a seamless blend of science and art. One is completely dependent on the other. Not having knowledge of science or the education needed for the foundation of every cosmetic case is a situation waiting for disaster. Porcelain can be very different from one clinic to the next. But more importantly, the expertise and artistry is what can be very different from one clinic to the next. Here are a few examples that we believe make porcelain veneers from one clinic superior over another:
- not preparing the teeth for the veneer properly
- over preparing or under preparing the teeth
- the level and symmetry of the gum line not addressed
- using an inexperienced or cheap ceramist technician
- using an experienced ceramist technician but not giving them what they need to create the best veneers
- not determining before starting, how the teeth should look in the new smile
- poorly bonded porcelain
- not completely removing the excess bonding material between the tooth and veneer interface
- porcelain veneers not properly layered that look like a block of white
These are just a few examples of what is important to not overlook. We encourage you to visit our clinic for a consultation to see what sets us apart. And in the meantime, please view our portfolio of before and after cases, and see our video and written testimonials to see what you can expect.
Q. How many teeth need to be veneered for smile design?
A. Much depends on how broad the arch is when smiling or how broad we would like the arch to appear to make a dramatic result. Often veneers are placed to correct a problem on just one or two teeth and the rest of the teeth in the arch are absolutely perfect and all we need to do is match the new veneers to the existing smile. This is actually one of the most difficult tasks which requires a high level of understanding of science and art to blend the two dissimilar situations seamlessly.
Q. Is it possible to change the shape of my teeth without veneers or crowns?
A. Yes, of course. Reshaping or cosmetic contouring is an ideal treatment for very small fractures or chips or to simply reshape what nature has given you to a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Anaesthesia is not usually necessary since we use special sandpaper discs and polishing wheels to reshape teeth with a minimal loss of tooth structure. Contouring can change the smile line. If one front tooth is a little longer than the other, contouring can make them the same size. We can round off sharp corners of teeth or pointed canines, to soften their appearance. Smile symmetry can also be achieved with cosmetic contouring.