Natural teeth are often overlapping, slightly misaligned or rotated, or may have unsightly spaces but veneers can create a more cosmetically perfect smile in a way that is relatively non-invasive. Veneers consist of very thin shells of porcelain or composite resin fitted onto or applied directly to the prepared tooth surfaces. You may only need one or two veneers, or you could choose to veneer all teeth within your smile line.
City Dental offers three types of veneers which are composite resin, porcelain, and prep-free veneers, each of which is suitable in specific situations.
Most people are suitable for treatment, but you will need a consultation with our dentist as we must examine your teeth to make sure they are relatively strong and healthy and free from signs of disease. Next, we can discuss your aims and desires for treatment and will explain each type of veneer in detail.
Composite resin veneers are direct veneers, and we can often complete them in a single visit. We select the appropriate shade of composite resin and which is applied directly to tooth surfaces where it hardens and is shaped and polished to create a natural luster. Composite resin veneers are cost-effective and quick, but they aren’t quite as durable as porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are indirect veneers, meaning they are made outside your mouth so you will need at least two visits to City Dental. First, we prepare your teeth, removing a small amount of enamel to create enough room for the veneers, which are typically 0.5 mm in thickness. Next, we take a detailed dental impression so our dental lab can fabricate your veneers to our precise instructions. Your teeth are protected with temporary veneers while we make your permanent veneers. Your porcelain veneers are tried in and fitted at your next visit.
No prep or prep-free veneers require very little or zero tooth preparation but might not be suitable for everyone. Prep-free veneers are thinner than ordinary porcelain veneers, typically just 0.3 mm, and are very durable. We can provide Lumineers or GlamSmile prep-free veneers.
Veneers are very easy to care for and can be brushed and flossed normally. A good oral hygiene regime will prolong their natural life, and it’s important to avoid oral habits like crunching ice cubes or using teeth as tools that could crack or chip your veneers. Composite resin veneers usually last several years before we will need to renew them. Porcelain and GlamSmile veneers can last up to ten years, while Lumineers can last considerably longer.