How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Did you know that you’re just a few appointments away from having that perfect smile that you’ve always wanted? Porcelain veneers are exactly what you need!
But what exactly are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an example of the dental cosmetic procedures offered at Harley Street Smile Clinic. A veneer is made of a very thin layer of porcelain, cosmetic dentists apply the veneer to the front surface of the tooth to improve the appearance of your teeth. Perhaps you’re looking to disguise dental irregularities? A porcelain veneer can eradicate any concerns you may have with your teeth!
But what are veneers for?
• Are your teeth crooked or uneven?
A veneer can improve the structure of your teeth and make them appear level. The dentist will apply the veneers from the centre of the tooth working outwards. They usually use multiples of 2 because this ensures symmetry – giving you the even appearance you desire.
• Chipped or gapped teeth?
A veneer would fill in any gaps that you may have, overall increasing your self-esteem – giving you a reason to smile more!
• Perhaps your teeth are protruding or discoloured?
Porcelain veneers can quickly transform your smile. On average cosmetic dentists use 4-10 veneers on your front teeth and then use a whitening treatment on the rest of your teeth, providing you with a natural finish.
How does the veneer process work?
All it takes is 2 pain-free appointments to carry out the actual treatment, which should take no more than 90 minutes! Admittedly, not everyone is a fan of the dentist however due to the advances in modern techniques, dentists can provide a pain free anaesthetic ensuring you feel no discomfort or pain throughout your treatment. Initially just need to take some impressions. These are sent to our laboratory in Italy for the ceramist to make a 3d model of your new smile. At this point you can start whitening your teeth if you have also opted for that.
This appointment is where your teeth will then be precisely prepared and shaped to exact measures, and your provisional temporary teeth will be fitted immediately. This “trial run” will allow you to assess as to whether you would like any changes, and ask the opinion of your friends and family. Sometimes you may decide that you would like the veneers to be more rounded in shape, or longer, or a lighter colour. This feedback is welcomed so that we can make the necessary changes before the veneers are finalised in porcelain. It is at this point that you can feel truly confident that the end result will be to your liking.
This is where the trial smile is turned into the highest quality porcelain veneers. The final veneers are handcrafted by our master technicians in Italy and will have the shape, detail and texture of natural teeth, tailored to your desired colour. Any changes you may have asked for will be present in the final veneers. Whilst the veneers will look much like the temporary teeth, they will feel much more glossy and much more comfortable.
A follow-up appointment is required one week after your veneer treatment, this is simply to check that your teeth and gums have responded well to the veneers, that the dentist is happy with them, and the 5 year guarantee is issued. Additionally, it is a chance for you to give your feedback on the veneer; you may not be satisfied with the shape of the veneer or the way it feels – it is during this appointment that your dentist can make any final amendments to suit your needs!
Harley Street Smile Clinic – Porcelain Veneers
At Harley Street Smile Clinic, we give you a reason to smile – working alongside you, we ensure you’re satisfied with the appearance of your teeth! Our porcelain veneers are one way in which you can rectify any potential defects and increase your self-confidence!
Why not find out more about our Porcelain Veneer solutions and get a free e-consultation today!
Looking for more information about dental veneers read our Complete Guide to Dental Veneers.