What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are wafer thin porcelain laminates which can be fitted over the surface of teeth, to dramatically improve the appearance of imperfections. Veneers provide a natural appearance and function as a normal tooth when you bite or chew.
They can also be used to close gaps between the teeth where orthodontic solutions such as Invisalign® and Six Month Smile® are not suitable. Once fitted, veneers are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and they bite and chew just like them too.
What is the process?
Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not necessary. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an ‘impression’.
This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.
A veneer takes at least two visits; the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Veneers are handmade porcelain/ceramic shells which are artistically layered and created to mimic the natural form and contour of the teeth. They are typically made by a ceramist who has spent years perfecting their artistic skills.
A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain laminate which is fitted over the surface of a tooth and provides a natural appearance and function as a normal tooth when you bite or chew.
Veneers can be used in a number of ways. They can be used to improve the appearance of imperfections, such as worn tooth enamel, uneven teeth, and discolouration; or even to close gaps between teeth.