Dental veneers are ceramic shells that are custom made to fit over the top of teeth repairing damage done by injury, erosion or discolouration.
Common tooth injuries that require repair are teeth that are either chipped, cracked or broken due to head trauma from physical injury. Porcelain veneers can restore the structural integrity of the tooth while also enhancing the tooth’s cosmetic appearance. In some instances, such as discoloured or worn teeth, the veneers are for purely cosmetic reasons. A row of veneers across the dental arc can completely change the appearance of teeth in one afternoon. Modern veneers are made form incredibly thin porcelain that replicates the translucent appearance of tooth enamel.
Teeth can become stained or discoloured for a number of reasons. Sometimes it is the result of a hereditary condition or certain medical treatment, but more often than not it is the result of time and certain substances such as tobacco or red wine. Patients with fragile enamel often have teeth that are badly worn which need protecting to prevent further erosion. For all of these concerns, dentists can fit porcelain veneers to restore the integrity and appearance of real teeth.
Previously, porcelain dental veneers needed to be manufactured in laboratory conditions after the dentist had measured the existing teeth using dental moulds and x-rays but modern computer technology has significantly reduced treatment time and accuracy. The latest digital x-rays and 3D imaging means dentists have access to exact three-dimensional representations of the patient’s teeth almost instantly. Using computer-aided technology they can manufacture the veneers in as little as six minutes per tooth. Because modern veneers are so thin they can be fitted over existing teeth with minimal enamel removal. Some modern veneers are also completely removable.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, or think on or more of your teeth needs strengthening, ask a Chelmsford dentist about porcelain veneers at your next appointment. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.