To prepare your teeth for veneers, the dentist will file away a very thin layer of enamel, proportionate to the thickness of the veneers. This is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic. When your bespoke veneers are ready, the dentist will bond them in place using a special curing light, and finish by fine-tuning their look and shape by hand.
Veneers can last between 10 and 15 years, though you will need to commit to maintaining a good oral hygiene regime. The life expectancy of veneers is always increasing as materials and techniques become ever more advanced.
Veneers aren’t susceptible to staining the way your natural teeth are, because porcelain is not porous. However, some staining may appear over time at the margins, where the edges of the veneers meet your natural teeth.
Your dentist will take this into consideration before recommending veneers, and may recommend a dental night guard, which will protect your veneers tooth wear.
A smile makeover is a completely bespoke treatment that could include any number of treatments available at Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre, from specialist orthodontics to cosmetic restorations, implants or whitening.