Dental veneers can help to improve the appearance of teeth, masking small imperfections and mending chips and cracks. They are custom-made to fit over the outermost surface of front teeth.
You might wish to consider this treatment if you have teeth that are stained internally and which will not respond to teeth whitening. In addition, veneers can hide teeth that are too small, worn or not quite the right shape. Using veneers, we can create a more aesthetically pleasing smile with teeth that are the right size, shape, and colour.
Sometimes teeth have unsightly gaps between them (diastemas), and veneers can close or reduce the size of these spaces. Perhaps you have one or two teeth slightly out of alignment? Veneers can bring these teeth back into line.
Smilexcellence provides two types of veneers made from porcelain or composite resin. Both are durable and provide good results, but the process to make and fit them is slightly different.
These veneers are very thin shells of porcelain, custom made in a dental laboratory to fit precisely over a tooth, so you will need at least two visits to our practice. Porcelain will not stain and, although it costs a little more, is long-lasting.
First, we must prepare your teeth, removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth, ensuring your new veneer will not look or feel too bulky. Together, we will decide on the right shade of porcelain for your new veneer. Next, we take a detailed dental impression of the tooth, which is sent to our dental laboratory. They will make the veneer to our exact prescription. In the meantime, we protect the tooth with a temporary veneer. Then, we can fit the veneer at your next visit, bonding it permanently onto the tooth. With the right care, your new veneer should last ten years or more.
Composite resin veneers are made chairside and can sometimes be completed in a single visit. Composite resin is a more cost-effective option than porcelain veneers, but this material can stain and need replacing after a few years. Nevertheless, composite resin can be a good choice if you wish to enhance your smile subtly yet noticeably.
First, we select the right shade of composite resin before applying it directly to the tooth in small increments, hardening the material with a special light. Then, once all the material is in place, we carefully shape and polish the composite resin, creating a natural-looking appearance and lustre.