A veneer is a thin layer of tooth coloured material that can be fixed on to the front surface of your tooth.
Veneers can be made out of Porcelain, Ceramic or a Composite resin material and can be used to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Veneers are a perfect choice if you have stained, chipped or badly worn teeth. They can also be used to improve the shape and even close small spaces or gaps in between your teeth to give a more uniform looking smile.
Porcelain & Ceramic Veneers – What does the treatment involve?
The treatment usually takes place over two or three separate appointments; within the first appointment the outer layer of the tooth is prepared. You may be given some local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
Impressions or a mould of your teeth is then taken in order to make the veneer. We will then discuss what shape and shade would be most suitable for you.
Once our lab technicians have carefully crafted your veneer you will then come back for a second appointment to try them on, once we have got the perfect fit the lab will then make the final veneer and you will come back for the final fitting.
Composite Veneers – What does the treatment involve?
The treatment can be completed in one single appointment and similar to above, the tooth surface is prepared,however instead of the front surface being modified the surface of your tooth are slightly roughened, causing less damage to your natural tooth. You may be given some local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure. The tooth is then prepared with a special gel which roughens the surface of the tooth, then a bonding agent is applied. We will then decide which shade is most suitable for you and discuss the length and shape you require. The Composite material is then carefully built up layer by layer until the veneer structure is complete.
Will I require a temporary veneer?
If you are having a lab made veneer you may have a temporary veneer made for the time in between the visits.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers can last for many years but they can still chip or break like natural teeth so it is important to keep up with regular dental appointments to check that they are intact.