If you want to achieve quick and dramatic changes to the appearance of your teeth then dental veneers may be ideal for you. Dental veneers are a wafer thin ‘shell’ that we can attach to the front of a tooth to correct multiple flaws, such as staining, chips, shape, size or spacing.
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A dental veneer is a wafer-thin restoration that is made to fit snugly against the front surface of a tooth, much like a false fingernail fits over a nail to hide any flaws. Most veneers are made from porcelain because it looks like enamel and reflects light in the same way. In some cases, veneers can be made from a natural-colour composite material instead.
Veneers can be used to improve the colour, shape, size and position of your teeth. If you have a tooth that’s noticeably discoloured or stained, for example, a veneer could be colour-matched to your surrounding teeth and used to hide the discolouration. Alternatively, we can use veneers to mask imperfections such as chips or grooves, to give your teeth a more uniform appearance, close small gaps between your teeth without braces, or help bring a misaligned tooth into position. Veneers help your teeth to look natural and healthy, often with very little preparation to the tooth and without long treatment times.
To fit a veneer to one of your teeth, we may need to remove a thin layer of outer enamel surface to the same depth as the veneer itself.
Once your tooth has been prepared, we will need to take upper and lower impressions of your teeth, as well as colour-match the shade for it to blend in seamlessly. At a second appointment, the veneer will be bonded firmly to your tooth.
Depending on the extent of preparation to your tooth, a temporary veneer may be constructed.
Veneers are long-lasting restorations, although they can be damaged in much the same way as a natural tooth. If you grind your teeth, it can reduce the life of a veneer so we may recommend that you wear a mouth guard to protect the veneers.
You will need to take care of any veneers in much the same way as you care for a natural tooth. As part of treatment planning, we will discuss whether a veneer is appropriate, and the expected lifespan.
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Last updated on Sunday 23rd February 2020