Veneers are wafer thin shells of tooth coloured material (porcelain, ceramic or composite) that are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. Veneers are typically used to cover stained, misaligned or chipped and broken teeth. They are the treatment of choice used to create the “celebrity smile”. There are many types of veneers and your Birmingham dentist can advise you on which are best suited for you.
The most popular type of veneers are porcelain which offer a stronger and more durable alternative to its composite counterpart. Porcelain veneers also offer a natural translucent tooth-like appearance and are more resistant to staining than dental composite veneers.
Traditionally veneers are placed over two visits to the cosmetic dentist. The first visit is for preparation of the tooth and to take an impression and the second, to fit the veneer after it has been fabricated by a dental technician. Some cosmetic dentists in Birmingham have invested in CAM/CAD in-house ceramic studios (CEREC) which can produce the veneers on site within an hour. This CEREC technology enables the dental practice to offer single visit, same day ceramic veneers.
Dental veneers offered by your Birmingham cosmetic dentist will be of the highest quality to give you a perfect smile. Some Birmingham dental practices offer high quality Da Vinci veneers from California USA as seen on TV’s extreme makeover show. They are fabricated in a Da Vinci approved dental laboratory.
Your Birmingham dentist may offer lumineers which are veneers that are made from a patented Cerinate ceramic material which are as thin as a contact lens! Much thinner than standard veneers. The advantage of lumineers is that very little preparation or grinding of your existing teeth is required, making the procedure quicker and less invasive than traditional veneers.
Click here for a list of dentists in Birmingham that offer Lumineers veneers.