Veneers are a very thin piece of porcelain that bond to a tooth to improve its appearance. This may be because the tooth is discoloured or fractured, but veneers can also be used to make teeth look straighter in a smile, or close gaps in between teeth.
A common misconception about veneers is that they can damage teeth or make them very sensitive. This can be the case if these treatments are carried out without the necessary care and understanding gained from further education and advanced courses.
However, at Holly Dental Practice, Andy has an advanced knowledge of materials and techniques used in the provision of porcelain veneers that he gained during the completion of his diploma, and as a result, veneers can sometimes be used to protect and improve the strength of a tooth without causing any symptoms at all.
Veneers are prepared and bonded over two appointments
Veneers: the process
Once the desired outcome has been approved (see smile design) the teeth are then prepared by removing a thin portion of enamel from the front surface of the tooth. Depending on the position of the tooth and the desired result even this may not be necessary in some cases.
- Accurate measurement
A small piece of specialised string, known as retraction cord, is then gently seated between the tooth and the gum for a few minutes prior to taking an impression. This process creates a small temporary space around the tooth, meaning that when the impression is eventually taken, the margins around the tooth are picked up extremely accurately and the resulting veneer will fit perfectly.
Once the impression has been taken, this is then sent along with a shade to our specialist laboratory via a designated collection service.
- Fitting veneers
A temporary veneer, or set of, can then be made immediately and fitted over the tooth to protect it whilst the permanent one is made.
At Holly Dental Practice, the temporary veneers can actually be made to match the desired outcome so that each patient will again get the opportunity to assess the result before the final work is fitted. This allows us to evaluate how the restorations fit the patients smile, and make any minor adjustments required to ensure that every patient is extremely happy when the permanent work is fitted.
- Creation of veneers
The veneers are then fabricated in our specialised laboratory over the next two weeks, so that they are ready to bond to the teeth for the second appointment.
Veneer examples from our Preston surgery
Once again I just wanted to say thank you for my new smile, which I am doing loud and proud and without any hand covering now.
Both Andy and Michelle are so patient and have made the whole process very easy and stress free – nothing like my previous experience in dentist chairs!! And apart from a little tenderness on the gum around my left side veneer I feel nothing at all – I just can’t believe I waited this long to get them done!
Thank you so very much, Julie