Dental Veneers in Lichfield

Porcelain Veneers

Delivering an amazing smile.  Veneers allow us to change the shape, length and colour of teeth transforming your smile.

The epitome of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are the most lifelike, long-term, cosmetic restorations that a dentist can provide. Veneers help us when tooth whitening and braces alone will still not deliver the best result.

We aim to deliver a smile that will look natural. Yes, people will notice your new look, but they won’t know what has changed.

Veneers come into their own when the inherent shape of the teeth needs to change, such as the length, or the colour of the teeth cannot be made light enough through whitening alone.

What to Expect

Information Gathering

First Appointment: First of all we will talk to you about what it is you don’t like about your smile, and what it is you want to achieve. We take photographs and a 3D scan of your teeth and then carry out a 2D smile mock so you can get some idea of what we would like to achieve. Any input you can give us is invaluable.

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Once we have a good idea of what it is you are looking for we will use the photographs, the 3D scan and some funky smile design software, to design a smile for you. Our lab will print a model of your teeth to help us with your next visit.

Test Driving Your New Smile

Second Appointment: Give us 20 minutes and we can mock up your new smile in your mouth. It’ll feel a bit rough, and the colour won’t be ideal, but the shape and levels of your new smile will be there to see. It will give you a great idea of how things will look in real life before we commence active treatment. The best thing about it? You can go home to show your loved ones how your new smile will look and get their opinion.  Amazing eh?

The Preparation

Third Appointment: Once you are happy with our smile design we will arrange your third visit to minimally prepare your teeth for your veneers. Your smile design is used to make prototype veneers for you to assess the length, colour, how it affects your speech and how it feels. The prototypes are a refined version of the Test Drive.

Prototype Review

Fourth Appointment (1-2 weeks later): Once you have lived with your new smile for a while you’ll get a great idea of what you like and don’t like about your smile. We carry out any adjustments to the prototypes that you feel are necessary and scan the final result. This information will be sent to the lab so that they can build your veneers to match the shape of the prototypes.

The Fitting

Fifth appointment: The veneers are tried in, evaluated for appearance and then bonded into place using the latest techniques. This is where all the planning pays off as the veneers follow the smile that you have already seen and approved. There are no surprises, just the great smile you were expecting.

The Downsides

Although porcelain veneers are the most aesthetic option for patients they come at a cost, more than just financial.

This includes:

The teeth often need to be prepared to receive the veneers- this means around 0.5-1mm of tooth structure is removed from the front of the tooth and about 1-2mm from the edge of the tooth. We endeavour to keep any drilling to a minimum.

Patient Stories

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Porcelain Veneers

William was unhappy with the patchiness of his smile. His teeth were straight, he had tried whitening, and he still didn’t like his teeth. Using 3D smile design, minimal preparation to his front eight teeth, eight natural veneers, and we get an amazing transformation. Can you tell that they are veneers?

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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are NOT crowns. We do not drill your teeth to stumps. Veneers are a lifelong commitment, but they should not lead to problems with your teeth.