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What are Porcelain Veneers & how do they help?

Porcelain veneers dental treatment

Porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to transform the smiles of people who suffer from crooked, stained, chipped or damaged teeth. The wafer thin porcelain shells are cemented to the front of teeth to improve their appearance.

Take a look at our beauty treatments page to see how you can improve your appearance.

Natural Looking Veneers

Porcelain is the most natural looking material for veneers and is also more durable than composite alternatives, lasting between five and ten years depending on how good your oral care routine is. Click here to see what type of porcelain veneers are available.

Whilst composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain they are prone to staining and do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers last on average one to two years.

Veneers for Stained Teeth

Stains on teeth are usually one of two types, intrinsic stains or extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are what usually appear on the outer layers of the teeth and are caused by poor oral hygiene and food and drink that are prone to staining. Contact us for more information about dental hygiene.

Intrinsic stains are found on the inner layers of teeth, these are harder to remove. Stains caused by smoking can penetrate through the layers of the teeth so can cause both extrinsic and intrinsic stains.

There are several treatments for stained teeth:

1.      Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has grown in popularity very quickly over the last few years in the UK. The reason for this is due to the amazing results they achieve. Teeth that have been stained or discoloured by red wine, tea and coffee, smoking or just through poor dental hygiene can now be transformed into brighter whiter smiles.

2.      Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the other option for badly stained teeth. Many of the Hollywood smiles you see TV and music celebrities sporting have all had helping hand in the veneer department.