Dental veneers are very thin slices of porcelain, which are custom made by highly trained ceramists in dental laboratories. They can be used to improve the shape, size and colour of teeth. Dr Dev Patel has completed numerous postgraduate courses focused on cosmetic dentistry and conservative ceramic restorations, so you can be sure that you’re getting the best. He will make every effort to ensure the final veneers seamlessly blend in with the rest of the teeth and feel like your own.
What are porcelain veneers?
I always tell my patients to imagine dental veneers to be similar to false nails that most women wear to change the colour, shape and size of their nails. Similar to false nails, dental veneers are wafer thin and customised to the exact shape, size and colour desired.
What can porcelain veneers do?
Porcelain veneers are often used to straighten teeth, close gaps, restore worn down teeth, repair broken teeth, change the colour of teeth and mask mild discolorations’. They can be used to restore one tooth or multiple teeth as well as for more complex smile makeover cases. Have a look at some cases Dr Dev Patel has completed using Dental Veneers.
Are porcelain veneers strong?
The modern ceramics used to fabricate thin dental veneers are incredibly strong and with careful planning and maintenance, dental veneers can last many years.
What is the clinical procedure?
Like most laboratory made restorations the procedure will take at least two appointments to prepare the teeth and then fit the dental veneers. To ensure the colour match is perfect and the dental veneers fit into your mouth seamlessly very careful planning is required which may mean extra appointments for more complex cases.
There are several key stages involved with multiple dental veneer cases:
- Initial consultation, computer simulation and treatment plan
- Impressions for wax-up and diagnostic models
- Prepare the teeth for veneers, take impressions and place beautiful temporaries
- Review the temporaries to refine the shape and colour
- Fit the final dental veneers
- Final review and photographs of your new smile
The number of visits just goes to show how much time and precision is put into ensuring the dental veneers are perfect. In addition I always get my patients involved to give me feedback and input at each stage to ensure we do not proceed until they are 100% happy with the proposed veneers.