For our purposes, we will just call them veneers. Veneers
are formed porcelain shells that are used to create a new
front surface to a tooth. These are thin sculpted pieces of
tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of the teeth
and are the premier standard of care in cosmetic dentistry.
Permanently bonded to the front surface of a
tooth, to restore or improve position, shape and tooth color,
they can make a dramatic, immediate difference to one's smile
and overall facial appearance. Veneers are wonderful for fixing
common problems such as midline spaces (the gap-toothed look of
the two front upper teeth) or chipped, crooked, missing,
discolored, pitted, malformed or improperly positioned teeth.
They can be custom-designed to fit your face, smile, gender and
Once only accessible to the wealthy and top Hollywood stars and
models, veneers are now a popular way for many people to obtain
the smile of their dreams.
Porcelain veneers make it possible for
everyone to have a beautiful smile, not just celebrities. The
Dentist in London wants you to know that you don't have to
live with less than dazzling teeth. Porcelain veneers can
cover many imperfections in the teeth by bonding a thin shell
directly to the tooth enamel.
Although porcelain veneers are thin, they are extremely durable
and stain-resistant. They come in different shades of white so
you can select the color you prefer best. We will help you
choose a natural-looking color, prep your teeth and then fit the
porcelain veneers to your enamel. Once they are bonded to the
teeth, they will blend in seamlessly without any telltale signs
that you have had any dental work done. People will only see
your beautiful smile
If you have severely discolored teeth that do not respond to
tooth whitening methods, veneers can brighten your teeth.
veneers may not be right for you
1. If you have unhealthy teeth.
Porcelain veneers cannot be placed on teeth where there is
decay or active periodontal disease (gum disease). These
conditions must be treated before porcelain veneers can be
successfully fabricated and placed.
2. If you have weakened teeth. If a
significant amount of tooth structure has been lost as a
result of decay or fracture, or else already replaced by a
dental filling, the tooth may not be a good candidate for a
porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers do not significantly
strengthen the teeth on which they are placed. Teeth that
have had a history of significant tooth loss structure are
usually better off being treated by the placement of a
dental crown, and not a porcelain veneer.
3. If you have an inadequate amount of enamel on
the tooth. A porcelain veneer can only be
successfully bonded onto tooth enamel. Some teeth, as a
result of excessive wear or previous attempts at dental
bonding, may have little or no enamel remaining on their
frontside. These teeth do not make good candidates for
4. If you clench or grind your teeth.
Persons who clench and grind their teeth can make poor
candidates for porcelain veneers. The forces created by
these activities, termed bruxism by dentists, can easily
chip or break porcelain veneers. Possibly a person can
successfully control their bruxing habits during their
waking hours, but during sleep a bruxer has essentially no
control over this activity. If a person who bruxes does have
veneers placed, they must be committed to wearing a plastic
dental night guard when they sleep so as to minimize the
amount of stress placed on their veneers.
- How long do dental veneers last?
are no hard and fast rules about how long porcelain veneers
will last. While you can certainly expect your veneers to
last many years (some patients have had them for 20 or more
years), it is unrealistic to expect them to last forever.
With good home care and by exercising good judgment, it
seems likely that a porcelain veneer could last well in
excess of 10 to 15 years. Ask about our 3-year limited
warranty. To make your veneers last longer it is important
to follow a good oral hygiene program and also visit your
dentist for check ups on a regular basis.