A dental veneer is a simple, comfortable and quick way to transform the look of a tooth that you might not be particularly happy with. For example it may be damaged, stained or twisted.
A veneer can also be used to help protect the surface of a tooth from further damage.
Veneers can give a subtle or highly noticeable change- helping to improve the size, shape, colour and position of one or more teeth. They are very natural looking allowing you to gain a beautiful looking smile with the minimum of fuss.
A dental veneer is a very thin layer of a man-made material which is attached to the front surface of a tooth. They are most often used on the front upper and lower teeth. Usually they are made from ceramic, porcelain or composite. The process is quick, painless and requires very little preparation time.
What is involved?
It usually takes around 2 appointments to fit a veneer. This is likely to be longer if you require several veneers.
We will need to prepare your existing tooth by removing a tiny amount of enamel. This creates space for the veneer to sit flush with the existing teeth.
When the tooth is ready, we will take an impression so that we can custom make your new veneer. The colour of your veneer will also be considered using a colour match chart.
When your brand new veneer is ready (around a week later) it can be attached to your old tooth. Firstly we will check it for fit, size and colour. Once we are sure it looks perfect we will slightly abrade the front surface of your old tooth- to help the veneer stick securely- and then attach it with a dental adhesive.
Looking after your veneer
Veneers are made from strong and durable materials so they have the potential to last for many years. Despite this, it’s important to take care of your veneer as it can be easily damaged.
Hard foods (such as ice or bones) could break your veneers, while habits such as biting your fingernails could all potentially knock them loose.
If you do notice any problems with your veneer at any time please contact us straight away.