Understanding Dental Veneers
In short, veneers are an additional layer of material that is placed over the surface of an existing tooth. Having veneers fitted is a cosmetic procedure that is meant to improve the aesthetics of your smile. As such, they can be fitted singularly or on multiple teeth at the same time as part of your smile makeover.
When Would I Need Veneers?
If you have one or more broken, gappy, crooked or otherwise suboptimal teeth, veneers may be the solution for you. By bonding to the surface of your existing teeth, they enhance the look and feel of your smile while complementing your existing features.
Veneers Throughout History
The veneer process is constantly evolving. They’ve been around for nearly 100 years and have changed dramatically during that time. They were invented in 1928 as prosthetics used in film shoots and have gradually improved ever since.
The first veneers were temporary due to the lack of adhesive technology at the time. Throughout the decades, they’ve become more and more durable – as well as more customisable to the individual patient.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Using advanced dentistry methods, contemporary veneers can last a lifetime with proper care. Porcelain veneers look and act like real teeth and are bonded to your existing teeth for long-lasting results.
Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers
The most important distinction to make between composite and porcelain veneers is that composite veneers tend to have much shorter lifespans. While they require minimal preparation, their results aren’t as robust as porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are made from extremely thin porcelain to resemble the surface of real teeth more closely. Your dentist will take a digital impression of your smile and your veneers will be crafted using a state-of-the-art milling machine. It’s even possible for the whole process to be completed in a single visit!