Wafer-thin porcelain veneers are one of cosmetic dentistry’s more recent inventions. The veneers are bonded onto the front of existing teeth with composite resin to restore the appearance of cracked, chipped or badly discoloured teeth. They are rapidly becoming one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments with Central London dentists because of the stunning results they produce and the incredible speed and minimal fuss of treatment.
The science behind veneers is quite simple. Although the porcelain veneer itself is quite brittle, when bonded onto the surface of the tooth it becomes incredibly strong. Just like if you tried to snap one twig it would be simple but if you tried to snap twenty bound together it becomes almost impossible. The veneers are bonded using tooth coloured dental bonding, a substance that has been used for many years by dentists to repair damaged teeth and fill dental cavities. The bonding firmly secures the veneer and also adds another layer of protection to the tooth underneath.
Porcelain veneers have several very important advantages. Firstly, they appear very life-like as porcelain is very similar to tooth enamel with its slightly translucent appearance. Secondly, porcelain veneers resist staining because its surface is ceramic, like glass.
Veneers are increasingly being made using the latest computer aided technology, which has significantly reduced manufacturing time. Each veneer can now be made in as little as six minutes and fitted in only a little longer. It is possible to fix a whole dental arc of veneers in only one appointment, meaning you could have a brand new, healthy looking smile in just one afternoon with no pain and no fuss