Porcelain Veneers / Composite Full Build ups
Porcelain Veneers and composite build ups are wonderful treatment options for anyone with crooked, chipped and worn down teeth looking for a solution that provides them with the smile they’ve always wanted and at the same time (specially in the toothwear cases) protect the teeth. These procedure utilises the most advanced methods of porcelain / Bonding dentistry available, whitening and shaping the teeth to provide a more aesthetic smile.
The main purpose of these options is to give a white smile to its recipient, but both the shape and straightness are resolved as well.
Porcelain Veneers and composite full build ups are excellent for treating chipped, discoloured or misshapen teeth; particularly the front teeth. Proving to be an ideal option for improving shape, length, size and tooth colour, this cosmetic option will help provide symmetry and balance to your mouth.
What is porcelain Veneer ?
- Porcelain Veneers are to be detected like a false fingernail for the teeth. On their own they are weak and subject to breaking. However, we have the technology to predictability fit these to teeth with a vey strong bond that, when carried out correctly and maintained in the most suitable manner can last a long time( on average 15 years ) although there are some variation to this figure. To fit Veneers we would normally have to remove some of the outer surface of each of your front teeth, say about 1mm or so. This process is carried out using Local Anaesthetic for your comfort. We will place provisional Veneers at this stage, which will look good and should also last for several weeks without too much trouble.
- The provisionals are replaced with laboratory fabricated porcelain layer (Veneer) cemented on to the front of each tooth.
This option is a popular one and produces a very positive result, however, it does require commitment from the patient in terms of regular up-keep of synthetic materials by home cleaning and seeing a hygienist around twice a year. It also means having your teeth adjusted to a more pleasing position. This has its advantages and disadvantages like anything and as the owner of the teeth in question, you must be happy or feel strongly enough to have any form of aesthetic treatment carried out.
As you can see, veneers can provide significant results and are indistinguishable in appearance from your natural teeth. The main benefits of veneers and the problems they address include the following.
- Improve the colour of teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Enhance shape of the teeth
- Amend the length or size of teeth
- Realign crooked teeth
- Maintain your natural tooth structure
- Will not stain teeth from coffee or tea
- Custom colour shading is available
What is Composite Bonding?
This would involve taking impressions of your teeth – having them send send off to a high-end laboratory for a ‘wax-up’ of the perceived end result. Using this wax-up we would then sculpt and create tooth-matched ‘infill’s’ to cover the insufficiencies until the gaps are closed. This option represents the quickest and most cost effective mode of alterations that could work as well for you, although it is not as long lasting as porcelain veneers, however due to the compltely non invasive nature of this treatment option, it is nowadays considered as the most preserving and tissue friendly option. Of course, your teeth could undergo whitening procedure before this took place so the teeth matching can take place. The build up would take 2-3 visits to complete and create.
Bonding is used for a variety of cosmetic dental procedures including;
- Repairing broken and chipped teeth
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Reshaping teeth
- Smile makeovers – composite Veneers
- Camouflage minor imperfections and marks
- Masking discoloured teeth