What is a porcelain veneer?

A porcelain veneer is a ceramic restoration bonded onto a tooth. Its rather like a false fingernail and is created to modify shape and alter the appearance of the tooth.

Why use a veneer?

When a filling or resin covering is not strong enough and when the higher aesthetic result is desired.

What are the advantages of veneers?

They are substantially stronger than a filling and can look more natural – more tooth like.

When do you recommend a porcelain veneer?

On teeth that have small to medium sized fillings, are discolored, that need to have their shape changed or that are moderately worn.

Patient smile before treatment
Patient smile after treatment
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How long do veneers last?

Scientific studies show veneers are typically replaced after 10 – 12 years, although some are replaced after less than a year and others are still working after 20 years. Veneers are replaced for many reasons including fracture of the veneer, fracture of the tooth under the veneer, gum disease or decay of the tooth that the veneer is bonded to, or death of the nerve inside the tooth. Most reasons for veneer replacement are related to the tooth the veneer is bonded to and not the veneer.

Do you have to cut my tooth?

That would depend on several factors with the most important being the difference between the current position and the desired position of the teeth. For example, if your teeth are set back in the mouth and you wish to bring them forward then usually minimal changes/cutting is required. If your teeth are already in the correct position and you wish to change the shape, then a moderate degree of change/cutting is required (otherwise your teeth will be too prominent)

Why do veneers cost so much?

The fees paid for a crown cover the knowledge and skills of your specialist, cost of equipment, expenses of the dental surgery, expertise of the laboratory technician and materials used in the creation of the crown. We do not cut corners in any part of the treatment and in this way, we are able to tailor make the best solution for your unique dental situation. The experienced decision making, and high-quality workmanship represent good long-term value.

How do I care for a veneer?

Daily brushing and flossing are required. The tooth should be checked regularly for decay, gun disease, cracks etc. as part of your 6-12 monthly routine dental examination. The veneer should also be checked.

What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?

A traditional crown covers the entire tooth while a traditional veneer only covers the front surface of the tooth.

What can go wrong with the veneer process?

The most significant complication is that the nerve in the tooth dies. If this occurs you will need to see a root canal specialist (Endodontist) to remove the dead nerve, disinfect the interior of the tooth and place a root filling. The tooth will then need to be rebuilt before finishing the veneer process. This will require extra visits and extra costs. A second potential and less common complication is that cracks and decay already iso extensive in the tooth that a veneer is no longer appropriate. If this occurs, then a crown may be required instead. In extreme cases the tooth should be removed and replaced with either a dental implant or a bridge or possibly a denture.

How many visits does it take to have a veneer?

The number of appointments depends on how badly damaged the tooth is and how many veneers are being made at one time. The typical sequence of appointments for a single veneer is:
1. Consultation
2. Impression to plan new tooth shape
3. Preparation of the tooth, fabrication of the temporary and impression of the tooth
4. Adjustment and insertion of the veneer
There are instances when the colour of the veneer is particularly important and you may be required to visit the laboratory technician for a shade assessment. This is done between visits 3 and 4.
If there are complications, such as a root canal is needed, then additional appointments may be required between visits 3 and 4.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with any treatment you may consider seeking a second opinion from an appropriate qualified health practitioner