Porcelain veneers are a thin but very strong shell of porcelain made to fit over the visible surface of your tooth. Dental veneers are made in a dental laboratory and are bonded to your teeth with resin cement.
Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break just like your own teeth. Small chips can usually be repaired but sometimes a new veneer may need to be fitted.
Reasons You May Require Porcelain Veneers
There are many reasons why porcelain veneers may be prescribed by your dentist, here are a few on the common ones
- Genetics: You slight crowding in your front teeth and may not want braces. Alternatively, you may have gaps, discoloured spots or unusually shaped teeth.
- Trauma: You have had an accident at some point, and may have chipped or cracked your front teeth or required root canal work. Also a tooth may have become grey.
- Childhood antibiotics: Although not as common these days, certain antibiotics given to you as a child may have left horizontal stains on your front teeth. In most cases, bleaching is ineffective and porcelain veneers have been found to be very effective in this situation.
- Wear and Tear: Our teeth do wear down with age. Not only can this this can impact on your self-confidence but you may also have difficulties chewing and digesting.
Creating and attaching a set of porcelain veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel from your tooth, usually the same thickness as the veneer. We will take an impression and send it to a dental technician, who makes the veneer in a laboratory.
Each veneer is then bonded to your tooth to make it strong and natural-looking.
From $1,200 per tooth
Several factors can vary and increase the cost of treatment.