For patients looking to improve their smile veneers can often be a good option. Veneers can greatly improve the appearance of teeth that are discoloured, chipped, worn down, oddly shaped, crowded-in or crooked.

They can also make a big difference where there is a slight gap between two teeth. Your dentist is the best person to speak with to determine whether you are a good candidate for veneers and if veneers will help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. Let your dentist know exactly what you want corrected and what you are looking for in your new smile, they are your partner in creating your new smile and want to work with you.

Once veneers are decided upon as the best treatment option the most frequently asked question we receive is ‘Should I get porcelain or composite veneers?’ Again discussing this question with your dentist is crucial as they will be able to provide you with all the information on both types and what considerations there are for your individual needs.

In general

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells precisely crafted by one of our local dental laboratories and is bonded onto the front of a tooth. A small amount of tooth enamel is removed in order to achieve completely natural appearance once the veneer is placed. The veneers are checked for fit and comfort and any required adjustments are made before they veneers are permanently bonded. When bonded in place, your veneers will look like your natural surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers are quite strong, durable and stain resistant, despite being thin.

Composite veneers are crafted using high quality resin materials that are coloured to match the shade of natural tooth colours. This type of dental veneer is usually used to fix small tooth imperfections such as small chips or cracks in the teeth. It is also a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers. Composite veneers have the advantage and convenience of being completed in a single appointment. The composite resin materials are placed in layers and are sculpted to the perfect shape to blend harmoniously with your surrounding natural teeth before being set in place by a special blue light. Composite veneers are often a more cost-effective treatment option; however composite veneers are not as strong as porcelain veneers.

For many patients veneers are a good option to significantly improve and enhance one’s smile, however not all teeth are suitable for veneers so it is always recommended to discuss all potential cosmetic treatment options with your dentist.

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