A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth, creating the smile you have always dreamed of!
A precise shape and shade of porcelain can be chosen to lighten the upper front teeth or to reshape them. Porcelain veneers can make a chipped tooth intact again- the porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth replacing the broken part. Veneers are also used to close small gaps, when orthodontics is not suitable or practical. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can be fitted to bring it into line with the rest of the teeth.
Veneers are attached directly to your existing tooth structure, with a minimal amount of the original tooth removed. Dr Peter Poulos will take an impression of your original tooth, to make an exact fitting replica. The exterior of the veneer can be altered and shaped, to take into account any cosmetic changes that you require. Before the new veneer is fitted, a strong bonding resin is applied to the tooth, to help the veneer adhere.
Although alternative products are available, porcelain is the ideal medium for veneers. This is because it has a natural tooth colour and translucency, and it resists staining. When applied to teeth using the latest dental techniques, porcelain is also extremely strong and durable.