Porcelain Veneers for the perfect smile
Porcelain veneers are used to whiten the colour of a tooth and/or change the shape of it. You can do one tooth or a segment of teeth to completely change the way you smile.
To prepare a tooth for a porcelain veneer a small amount of tooth is removed from its front surface by the dentist. A dental technician can then construct a thin layer of porcelain that is cemented to the tooth. This layer can be made whiter, larger or smaller then the original tooth to change its appearance.
A porcelain veneer will last for approximately eight years depending on the situation.
These photos to the right illustrate the before and after treatment of a patient having porcelain veneers.
The before picture shows that the two big front teeth were OK, but the lateral incisor teeth and canine teeth were in slightly the wrong position and their size and shape were not quite right.
The after picture shows a beautiful white smile. This patient had three months of orthodontic treatment on his upper front six teeth, to get them into a better position, followed by porcelain veneers on his canine teeth and lateral incisors (the central incisors were untouched).