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What is a veneer?

Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you . If you’re hiding your smile because of chips, stains, cracks or gaps, we have a solution that can make you want to show it off again.

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite that is placed over the front surface of a tooth. Beautiful, natural looking teeth are easily attainable with porcelain and composite veneers.

At Thorndon Dental, our focus is on general and restorative care. We also recognize the importance of aesthetics. Composite and porcelain laminate veneers are a simple and effective treatment that can give you an attractive, symmetrical smile. If you have minor cosmetic blemishes or unusually shaped teeth, this procedure can conceal these imperfections and help your smile complement your entire appearance. It can also be used to correct misalignment of teeth, improve discolourations, chips or even gaps.

See before and after patient images in our Smile Gallery.

What are porcelain veneers?

As their name implies, porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that your dentist attaches to the fronts of your teeth. They are able to disguise a number of flaws, including:

  • Discolouration
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Teeth that are too small
  • Asymmetrical teeth
  • Minor crookedness
  • Small gaps

Porcelain is the ideal material for transforming smiles because it comes in a variety of different shades; your dentist can pick one that blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth and complements your skin tone. Plus, porcelain reflects light in a manner that is similar to that of natural tooth enamel, and it is durable enough to stand up to the rigors of everyday life.

What are composite veneers?

These are composite resin tooth coloured material,  applied to your teeth to cover their imperfections. The resin is customized to match the colour of your enamel for natural-looking results.

Composite veneers are  non-invasive, virtually pain-free cosmetic procedure can repair many smile flaws quickly. These involve minimal alteration of your teeth and can be placed in a single appointment. If you feel self-conscious about minor imperfections in your smile, composite veneers may be an excellent solution for you. The material is applied in layers and hardened using a high-density dental light source.

Composite veneers are suitable to correct several issues that impact both the health and appearance of your teeth, such as:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Stained, dark or discoloured teeth
  • Abnormally shaped teeth
  • Excessively short teeth
  • Closing unsightly gaps between teeth
  • Minor alignment correction
  • Protecting exposed tooth root surfaces

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