Composite and Porcelain Veneers

No other treatment has changed the face of Cosmetic Dentistry like Veneers. Veneers can be used to subtly or dramatically transform your smile. Veneers can be made out of either composite filling material often with no initial tooth preparation, hand crafted by the dentist to achieve a beautiful appearance or alternatively, as most people know them, out of technician crafted porcelain.

Veneers can:

» Improve colour of teeth
» Close spaces between teeth
» Enhance shape of teeth
» Amend the length or size of teeth
» Realign crooked teeth
» Repair Chips
» Maintain your natural tooth structure

They may be implemented as a protective coating to prevent further damage caused by wear and tear or primarily for aesthetic reasons.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are carefully bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. They have been widely used by many celebrities to improve their smiles, and have featured in many television makeover programmes.

With Porcelain Veneers you can choose the colour and shape of the final Veneers before we start treatment, sometimes we are even able to do a “mock –up” or trial smile in your mouth for you to assess. Some tooth preparation is almost always needed; however, this is generally minimally invasive and virtually pain-free. Systems such as Lumineers, marketed as “no preparation” are only really suitable in very limited circumstances. Once made, Veneers can be “tried on” by you to assess their appearance and if need be make any alterations, before final fitting with a very strong adhesive. This treatment can generally be completed within 2-3 visits.

Porcelain Veneers - Before & After Photos
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  Pictured Above: Single veneer sitting on a mirror, showing a reflected view

Porcelain Veneers can create an amazing appearance; however, this treatment is very demanding and the results depend very much on the artistry of the Dentist and Technician carrying out the treatment.

Composite Veneers
Veneers can also be created by hand at the chairside out of characterised, tooth coloured “composite” filling material. The material is directly bonded to the tooth structure in carefully structured layers, to mimic natural tooth anatomy. This technique is very conservative indeed, and can produce excellent results. Unlike porcelain, veneers produced by this method are likely to need repolishing intermittently to restore their optimal appearance. Because there is no laboratory manufacture involved, their cost tends to be lower than porcelain.

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For more information on Veneers, please contact Sevenoaks Smile Studio today. Call 01732 459222 or click here to email us.