Dental Veneers are a tooth friendly way to improve smiles.
Improving smiles was something that seemed like the exclusive choice of film stars or the very rich. Over the last few years, Cosmetic Dentistry using Dental Veneers has been more common place. One of the reasons for this is the development of consistent treatments that all Dentists can offer to their patients.
A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite that covers a tooth changing its shape or colour. This has many advantages for cosmetic or aesthetic improvement of a smile. A dental veneer can close the gaps between teeth or make them appear more inline with the rest of the natural teeth. This improves the natural proportions of an attractive smile that is seen in nature. Entire smiles can be rebuilt with minimum invasion of natural tooth, in other words little has to be cut away.
Matching the colours of teeth with dental veneers requires an understanding of not just the colours on the surface but the three dimensional impact of light on the surface of teeth. Teeth are not single blocks of colour, they have several layers of translucency and opacity created by enamel, dentine and pulp. Selecting the correct shade for a dental veneer requires the use of shade guides supplied by the dental laboratory.
These small shade tabs are made of the same material that the veneers will be constructed out of, thus giving the dentist consistency of result. The cements used to bond the veneers to the teeth are tooth coloured as well to give a greater depth of natural appearance.