To achieve a straighter smile, we may advise patients to consider having a brace fitted. However, if the length of orthodontic treatment is a concern, some patients can be offered a quicker way to achieve results – veneers.
Veneers consist of a layer of tooth coloured material that is created and shaped to fit over the top or tip of the tooth to improve its appearance. This can be used to enhance the colour and shape of teeth, disguise their position if they are out of line and close any visible spaces between the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are still an effective way to achieve a straighter, more uniform smile, especially as the latest advances in porcelain materials mean they can now be made thinner with less need to cut down the tooth.
Porcelain Veneers are made up layer by layer in the laboratory, like a fine piece of jewellery, and cemented into place onto the tooth. A series of appointments are incorporated into your treatment plan so that you can have an active input into this design stage aiming to ensure your aesthetic goals are achieved.
As porcelain options are made in a laboratory, they are more resistant to staining from food, drink and smoking than the composite alternative. However regular maintenance and review appointments are of course advised.
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