What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin custom made tooth restorations, often made of porcelain, designed to look like natural teeth which are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, resulting in a dramatic and instant transformation of a person’s smile.

The modern porcelain veneer was developed in the 1980’s and to this day is regarding the most effective method of transforming the appearance of existing teeth without major dental treatment (eg. orthodontics or implants), offering a straighter, whiter and desirable smile. Veneers are an excellent solution for closing gaps between teeth, and creating a straight and white “Hollywood” smile.

Porcelain veneers are treasured by cosmetic dentists for their natural appearance and lustre, strength and ability to repel staining. GlamSmile veneers are the next generation of pure porcelain veneers, allowing ultra thin, super strong veneers to be crafted, meaning there is often no need to severely reduce the structure of an otherwise healthy tooth. The traditional veneer process would often involve painful grinding and shaving down of teeth, and many anaesthetic shots, which would increase the number of hours in the dentist’s chair, and in turn the bill. Thankfully GlamSmile has been developed as the fast, painfree way to perfect smile, at a fraction of the traditional cost.

What is the procedure?

GlamSmile has been designed for convenient, safe and painfree smile redesign. At the initial consultation, a GlamSmile dentist will assess your suitability for dental veneers, and may take impressions (moulds) of your teeth and send them to the laboratory. As there is often no need for reduction of healthy tooth structure, your next appointment with the dentist will last about one hour as they bond your newly arrived veneers to your teeth. To see a more in-depth view of the GlamSmile process, please see the Procedure Walkthrough.

How long do dental veneers last?

With the advances in bonding materials, or dental cement, porcelain veneers are known to last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. Digital technology, including 3D scanning and CAD/CAM (computer aided drawing systems) allow a veneer to be crafted to fit the underlying tooth perfectly.

Maintaining your Veneers

Like your natural teeth, veneers need to be looked after and treated with care. Like real teeth, they are not immune to strong impacts such as sporting accidents which could normally damage your teeth, but thankfully a veneer can usually be quickly replaced. The key to maintaining a smile is to follow the hygiene instructions provided by your dentist, including brushing, flossing and regular check-ups.

What about Composite Veneers?

Whilst composite dental veneers can certainly be an effective treatment for restoring teeth, when it comes to complete smile makeovers, there are advantages and disadvantages compared to porcelain veneers which should be considered by anyone considering cosmetic dentistry. Read more…