Used for the ultimate smile makeover, veneers transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into a brand new, straight, white smile.
Veneers are thin laminates, or shells, of tooth-coloured material – either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material. The dental veneers are fitted to the front surface of teeth to improve appearance.
When would I need a Veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth.
Discoloured teeth – A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth, or to lighten the front teeth.
Chipped or damaged teeth – A Veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The Porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thinner section replacing the broken part of the tooth.
As an alternative to braces – Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics is not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a Veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it in line with the others.
What happens after the Veneer is fitted?
Minor adjustments can be made to the Veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Your dentist will probably want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and make sure that you are happy with it.
How long do Veneers last?
When cared for properly Veneers can last for many years. As healthy gums are essential to the success of Veneers, regular dental health checks are essential. If a Veneer is struck by a hard object they can fracture just like normal teeth.
What are the alternatives?
For minor repairs to front teeth, a natural-coloured composite material can be used. This is the same material that is used for white fillings and is excellent for building up the edges of teeth where small chips may occur.
Crowns are used for teeth that need to be strengthened – either because they have broken or they have been weakened by a large filling or root canal treatment. Upon examination, your dentist will determine if your teeth are strong enough to support Veneers.