Bespoke cosmetic veneers are generally used to improve the appearance of front teeth that are:
- Severely discoloured
- Heavily filled
- Poorly or irregularly shaped
- Slightly crooked or misaligned
- Chipped or worn
They are ultra-thin shells of enamel-like porcelain, ceramic or composite material that are permanently bonded to the teeth. Dental veneers can hide all manner of imperfections to improve your smile, making them look neater and whiter, and dramatically alter your smile.
The procedure to construct and fit dental veneers can either be completed at a single visit using the Cerec 3D digital dentistry machine, or over the course of 2 weeks depending on the particular treatment required and the dental material chosen to use.
For all dental veneer patients a preliminary examination and consultation phase is essential:
- Determines any oral health concerns that need to be addressed before commencing treatment.
- Allows patient and dentist to discuss individual requirements and expectations, including shade, shape and tooth veneer form.
- To decide whether teeth whitening is required prior to dental veneers.
- Discuss choice of material to be used.
- To provide diagnostic wax-up models of the planned end result to agree/highlight change in appearance of the teeth.
For porcelain and ceramic veneers the teeth are minimally prepared to preserve maximum tooth substance. The process to construct porcelain veneers will then either use the same day Cerec 3D technique, or will require impressions, temporary veneers to be fabricated and fitted, and then a dental laboratory to make the veneers. These are then fitted at a second appointment 2 weeks later.