Dental veneers, more commonly known as porcelain veneers or composite veneers are thin shells of tooth- coloured, translucent porcelain or composite resin that are custom- made to seamlessly align with and fit over teeth, improving its colour, shape and overall appearance, creating a dramatically improved and aesthetic smile.
The placement of dental veneers often referred to as “instant orthodontics”, assists in fixing a variety of dental issues to do with teeth located in the “smile zone”.
These issues include:
- Gaps between teeth
- Poorly shaped or crooked teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Internal and external staining
- Unsightly or stained fillings
Composite veneers also known as direct veneers are used in situations where there is chipping, discolouration or minor misalignments of teeth. The composite method involves applying resin composite material in thin layers, it is sculpted directly in the mouth to achieve a long lasting and realistic tooth structure. The greatest benefit of composite veneers is that it is an additive procat can be reversed if further removal or replacement are needed.
Porcelain veneers also known as indirect veneers are used in more severe situations of discoloration, malformation or misalignment of teeth. The procedure involves the removal of a thin layer of tooth enamel, followed by the bonding of a thin sculpted porcelain veneer. The greatest advantage of this method is that porcelain veneers have a very high resistance to staining and chipping.