Porcelain Veneers at Avondale Dental Practice

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are a great option for people who are self-conscious or unhappy about the shape, colour and appearance of their teeth.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed on top of your natural teeth to enhance the appearance of your smile.

The key difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers is that porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years before needing to be changed, whereas composite veneers may only last up to 7 or 8 years.

Porcelain veneers may not be suitable for everyone, and in some cases, a variety of treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results, but there are a lot of advantages:

  • A natural looking smile
  • Long lasting results (up to 15 years)
  • They are more resistant to stains than natural teeth
  • Give crooked teeth the illusion of being straight

Something to consider however when getting porcelain veneers is that prior to the treatment, a thin layer of enamel must be shaved off your teeth so that the veneer can be attached to your tooth seamlessly. This shouldn’t cause you any pain however a local anesthetic may be given as a precaution.

Another aspect to consider is if a porcelain veneer is chipped, the whole veneer will probably need to be replaced whereas if a composite veneer is chipped, it can be ‘filled in’ and further sculpted by your dentist.

If you are considering porcelain veneers at Avondale Dental Practice then please get in touch to book a no-obligation consultations with one of our expert dentists who can talking you through the process and answer any other questions that you may have about potential treatments.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Do you have chipped, missing or stained teeth? If the answer is yes, then you could benefit from speaking to one of our experienced, trustworthy dentists at Avondale Dental Practice in East Kilbride.

You will most likely be offered Porcelain Veneers– these are very thin tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain, which are placed over the top of the natural teeth, enhancing them to create a more natural looking smile. Some benefits of these are:

  • They create a very natural looking smile by colour matching the veneers to your natural teeth
  • A long lasting, durable alternative compared to composite bonding
  • Very little alteration needed to the tooth’s shape to fit the veneer e.g., limited drilling
  • Stain resistant so you do not need to worry about the effects of coffee or red wine

The treatment for Porcelain Veneers is a simple and straight forward and usually includes just 5 short appointments from start to finish- these are broken down as follows:

Appointment 1: An initial consultation where the dentist will take impressions of your mouth and discuss with you how the veneers will fix to your teeth.

Appointment 2: This will be a chance for your dentist to explain to you what will be involved in the treatment and to ensure you are happy to go ahead.

Appointment 3: This is a 90-minute appointment which will involve removing a small piece of enamel from your original teeth to make room for the Porcelain Veneer. At this point, your impressions will be sent off to our lab and your veneers will be custom made for you.

Appointment 4: After 5-7 days, your veneers should be back from our lab and ready to fix to your teeth. The veneers are cemented in position with light-sensitive resin between your original tooth and the porcelain veneer using a special curing light.

Appointment 5: After the veneers have been fitted to your teeth, you’ll be asked to come into the practice for a follow up treatment to make sure that everything is as it should be. Although unlikely,

if you’re having any issues with your new veneers, we will make sure to do what we can to make them as comfortable as possible for you.

If Porcelain Veneers sound like something you’re interesting in, then please contact one of our dentists at Avondale Dental Practice in East Kilbride to book an appointment for your initial consultation.