Our case of the month for January involves porcelain veneers. For those of you who know very little about veneers, here are 5 key points:
- Porcelain veneers are placed over the facial surface of the tooth to improve the aesthetic appearance
- Almost all veneers require some level of tooth preparation i.e we have to cut your teeth!
- Veneers can change the symmetry of the teeth to golden proportions i.e even central, lateral, canine teeth for example. This is particularly useful when one tooth is small in comparison to the adjacent teeth.
- The veneer can be fully customized in terms of shade, differential contours, translucency at the edge, craze lines and light reflection.
- Porcelain can be bonded to tooth enamel extremely well with a bond strength of up to 95kg/cm3. However, the bond strength to dentine is much less. Therefore, minimal preparation is best into enamel only.
Our case involved the replacement of existing veneers which were failing with new ones. The end result is fabulous and truly world class. Please take a look:
The difference is clear to seen. Whilst the above photos show bulbous veneers with a distinctly matt finish, the final result is a world apart. Extremely natural, varying light reflection, even and glossy. It is extremely important to know where the veneers are going to be made and by which laboratory. The above veneers were made by Luke Barnett lab with the treatment carried out by Dr Nissit Patel. If you would like to know more about porcelain veneers, please contact us.