A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth (like a false fingernail!)
When are veneers used?
Veneers are normally used to help improve the colour, shape and position of the teeth. Veneers can be matched to the colour of your teeth using a precise shade of porcelain.
Veneers can sometimes be used to close small gaps when braces aren’t suitable.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers look very natural, because they are very thin and held in place by a strong adhesive very little preparation of the tooth is required.
How are teeth prepared for a veneer?
A small amount of enamel is removed to prepare the surface for bonding of the permanent veneer. A local anaesthetic maybe used for the preparation but in many cases isn’t needed. Once the preparation is complete your dentist will take an impression, they will also note a shade of surrounding teeth to ensure the veneer is made to look completely natural, this is sent to a dental laboratory that will make the veneer.
A temporary veneer maybe placed on your tooth whilst this is made but is not always necessary. 7-14days later the veneer will arrive back at the dental practice this can then be fixed to your tooth using a special strong adhesive.
How long will a veneer last?
Veneers should last for many years but they can chip or break, just like your own teeth can. Small chips can be repaired, or new veneers can be fitted if necessary.
Veneers are sometimes available as a NHS treatment if they are clinically necessary, if it is purely due to cosmetic reasons such as discolouration this may only be available as a private treatment. Your dentist will inform you of relevant charges