Porcelain veneers are a great option if you are looking for the ultimate smile makeover.
Delivering superior, natural-looking results, porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option. It is a go-to amongst our patients at Delight Dental Spa who are after the smile of their dreams.
In this article, our experienced dentists share some helpful information about porcelain veneers. Find out exactly what they are, what issues they fix and what the process involves!
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
In a nutshell, porcelain veneers are very thin shells that cover the front of your tooth’s surface. These shells are customisable in shape, size, length and colour. This means the perfect fit for each tooth. Once your veneers have been sculpted to perfection, they get applied to the front of your teeth.
Our dentists, Dr Alice and Dr Bishoy use handcrafted porcelain veneers. They resemble natural teeth in every way, including the way they reflect and absorb light. This helps provide our patients with the most natural-looking smile transformation.
Our patients love the long lastingness of porcelain veneers. They are durable and stain-resistant. And they can offer you up to 20 years of good wear before needing replacing!
Can I Get Veneers?
If you’re wanting a quick and effective smile makeover, porcelain veneers may be a great choice for you. This procedure can fix several issues, giving you the smile of your dreams, before you know it.
At Delight Dental Spa, our dentists have extensive experience in using porcelain veneers. They use them to correct some of the following dental concerns:
Gaps Between Your Teeth
Don’t let gaps between your teeth stop you from smiling! Closing gaps between your teeth to even out your smile is easy with veneers. You can also use Invisalign and metal braces to fix crooked teeth. But veneers make the perfect, more time-effective solution for correcting gaps.
Breaks, Chips and Cracks
Got a chipped, cracked or worn-down tooth? No problem! A porcelain veneer on the surface of a damaged tooth restores it to its former glory.
The beauty of porcelain veneers is that there is an option to only apply them to select teeth. With precise colour matching available, a natural result is very achievable.
Though braces can be used for correcting misalignments without altering your teeth, this process can take time. Porcelain veneers are a quicker option (and sometimes cheaper option) than other orthodontic treatments.
Veneers are a perfect choice if you’re looking to align your teeth whilst making changes to their appearance at the same time. As mentioned, porcelain veneers are very customisable. So, we can create the exact shapes and sizes needed to cover up misalignments. And the perfect colour match too!
There are several reasons why our teeth don’t keep their youthful pearly whiteness. Age and coloured foods/drinks are contributors to the discolouration of our teeth.
Of course, there is teeth-whitening as an option for restoring a sparkling white smile. But porcelain veneers are a solution that is far more permanent and will keep you smiling for longer!
The top layer of glaze on veneers creates extra stain resistance. This makes porcelain veneers superior to any other teeth whitening procedure.
The process of getting veneers takes place over two or three appointments with Dr Bishoy or Dr Alice.
Step 1: Consultation
The first part of the process is the consultation appointment. This is a very exciting part of the process!
During this consultation, your dentist will take the time to understand exactly what you want to change about your smile. At Delight Dental Spa, a photoshoot and video interview are part of the meticulous and artistic planning that goes into the design of your new smile. Great for the before and afters!
Our dentists will take a scan of your mouth using an Itero Element 2 scanner and will provide you with all the information you need about the treatment. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any the questions you may have!
Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your smile makeover, you’re booked in for your next appointment.
Step 2: Smile Test Drive
During this part of the process, you get to try on your new smile, commitment-free! This provides the opportunity to make as many changes as you like till you feel like it’s your smile.
You also get to test drive your chosen shade of white and discuss the finer details of your veneers. Your dentist will use a shade guide to help you choose a porcelain colour that is a perfect match. At Delight Dental Spa, we’re perfectionists! We will even customise the translucency!
Next, your teeth are then prepared to make room for the porcelain veneers. This is done very carefully to only remove a minimal amount of tooth and is done with the end result in mind. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and gums. This is then sent to the laboratory for the manufacture of your veneers. The turnaround time for this is roughly 2 weeks.
Whether you wear a temporary veneer during this time will depend on your specific case. But your dentist would have discussed this with you in your consultation. If you do need to wear temporary veneer/s, their application will take place in this appointment.
Step 3: Veneer Placement & Before/After Photos
By now your porcelain veneers are ready and it’s time to get them onto your teeth!
Your dentist will remove your temporary veneers. Then they will check the fit of your permanent veneers. This includes taking into consideration everything from shape to size to colour. Once your dentist is 100% satisfied with the fit, they will be fitted.
So, now your new smile is ready! We love seeing people’s reactions, it’s the best part of our job. No need to hold back the tears of joy. At this point, you get to compare your before and after photos, and then all that is left for you to do is enjoy your new smile!
Step 4: A Follow Up
At Delight Dental Spa, we care about your results. So, we encourage you to come in for a follow-up appointment a week or two after your veneers are fitted. This allows our dentists to ensure that your gums have responded well to your new veneers. And it also gives them the opportunity for any further adjustments you may need.
It’s not hard to see why porcelain veneers are so popular amongst our patients. Are you unsure about your treatment options? If so, a consult with one of our friendly dentists will make you feel at ease and confident with your decision.
At Delight Dental Spa, we offer cosmetic dentistry at the highest level. We would love to guide you on your veneers journey and give you the smile makeover you deserve. A smile that you’re proud of adds to both your confidence and wellbeing. Both of which are well worth the investment.