A veneer is a thin tooth-coloured shell placed on the front of a tooth to improve the appearance of discoloured, irregularly shaped or damaged teeth. They are usually fitted to the front upper and lower teeth, and made from ceramic, porcelain or a composite material.
Veneers offer a minimally invasive way to transform a tooth as only a very thin layer of enamel is removed (if any) prior to fitting.
Many people are discouraged by the perfect ‘American Smile’. However, veneers are tailor made to each individual’s’ specific requirements, meaning we can deliver a more realistic result.
- A full assessment of your dental health and requirements is taken.
- We carefully plan your smile using photos and digital imaging. From this a proposed wax smile is created.
- If necessary, your teeth will be prepared in accordance to the diagnostic wax set up.
- Temporary veneers are placed which mimic the proposed final result. We can adjust these until you are pleased.
- This are then copied into a glass like pressed porcelain which very closely resemble real teeth.
- These are then carefully bonded on to the front surface of the teeth.
The best way to look after your veneers is to treat them just as you do natural teeth. Keep up with a regular brushing and flossing routine, paying close attention to the area around your gums. It is also important to keep up with regular visits to your dentist so they can keep an eye on your veneers and overall dental health.
As your veneers are custom made, we work closely with you to make sure the final appearance is exactly as you have been imagining. Some patients are not keen on the idea of veneers as they are worried their smile will look too ‘perfect’, but we are able to create more realistic and highly natural looking results which you can be proud to show off.
As some of your natural tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the veneers, the treatment is not reversible. If your veneers break or become damaged and need to be taken off, they will need to be replaced to protect your natural teeth.
If they are looked after properly, your veneers can last for many years without issue. They are strong and resilient, but it is important to treat them with care. Try to avoid biting into very hard foods, using your teeth to open anything or chew on items such as pen lids, which can cause damage.
No, you will not feel any pain while your veneers are being fitted, as they are adhered to the front surface of your teeth in a minimally invasive way. While your teeth are being prepared for treatment, we use local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort, but this does not last long.