Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure involving the placement of a very thin layer of tooth-coloured porcelain material over the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct discoloured, chipped, cracked or worn teeth and can also be used to correct large spaces between the teeth or alignment problems.
Porcelain veneers are shells of porcelain that almost resemble a false fingernail. The veneers are constructed out of the mouth using an impression of the teeth taken by your dentist. Your dentist will firstly discuss with you the colour or shade options and the result that you wish to achieve. Your dentist will then shape and prepare your teeth for the porcelain veneers. A minimal amount of tooth structure needs to be removed so the porcelain veneers can be made to the desired shape, to hide the edges of the veneers and also so the veneers are thick enough to be strong and durable. The dentist takes an impression of the prepared tooth and sends it to a dental laboratory to construct the porcelain veneers. The dentist may make temporary veneers for your teeth while you are waiting for the porcelain veneers to be made but this depends on how much tooth structure has been removed. The laboratory uses the impression to make a cast of the teeth on which they construct the porcelain veneers. The porcelain veneers are custom made to fit each individual tooth. The porcelain veneers are checked for fit and appearance by your dentist and then glued to the tooth surface using a special dental adhesive.
For a confidential discussion on porcelain veneers please contact one of our friendly staff on (08)9341 1022 to arrange a time for a consultation.