You are here: Home » Cosmetic Dentistry » The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

The ideal way to achieve that perfect natural Hollywood smile is with the application of slim pieces of porcelain to your natural teeth, otherwise known as veneers. Used by dentists the world over to whiten stubborn teeth, fill gaps, even out imperfections and deliver that dazzling red carpet smile we all desire. The choice of celebrities the world over; this is one treatment that we can all aspire to.

The process is relatively simple, and can take less than a fortnight from beginning to end. You will need an initial consultation, then an appointment to prepare the natural tooth before you finally have themĀ fitted by your dentist. This preparation is minimal, and involves removing the same depth of the tooth’s surface as the depth of the porcelain, so that the original and natural density of the tooth is preserved. The prepared tooth will simply feel slightly rougher in the mouth to ensure a good surface for the porcelain to bond with, in the interim before your veneer is applied.

Dentists take great care to match the porcelain to the colour of your natural teeth, and so you can be assured that the final result will simply be an improved version of the originals. This could be useful to repair damaged teeth, to fill gaps between teeth which do not meet and to perfect one tooth which may be discoloured.

Veneers can last for many years, and are cared for in the same way you care for your natural teeth, by brushing and flossing a minimum of twice daily, although your dentist may advise you to avoid abrasive tooth pastes and have more regular check-ups initially. The porcelain is as vulnerable to chipping as your own teeth so good dental hygiene is a must at all times and mouth guards may be advised for sleeping in.

Whilst not everyone is the perfect candidate, veneers can be the single most transformative aesthetic treatment money can buy, and a worthwhile investment for the boost in confidence alone, after all, who is immune to a wide natural smile? The end result will certainly leave you grinning from ear to ear.