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.
There are many different brands and materials you may come across when researching veneers. Commonly you may hear of brands such as Macveneers, Lumineers, Da Vinci veneers these are all trade names and tied to specific labs. Please don’t worry about what you require. We are not tied to a specific lab and we can offer you the material and laboratory that we feel is most appropriate for your clinical requirements, suitability and budget.
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.
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.