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Veneers

A veneer is a very thin layer of dental material that is bonded over the front of a tooth to improve the appearance.

They can be used if you have damaged or discoloured teeth or if you would like to change the size or shape of your teeth. Veneers can be placed on single or multiple teeth and are generally made of porcelain or composite. Porcelain veneers are usually made in the lab and are highly resistant to staining.

Frequently Asked Question

A veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front of your tooth with less damage to the tooth tissue. To simplify, it is like a ‘false nail’ for your tooth. Crowns however cover your whole tooth like a cap.

Veneers are usually completed over two appointments. Firstly, your tooth and gum edge will be prepared and an impression taken. At your second appointment your custom-made veneer will be fitted.

 

No local anaesthetic is required and after your veneer preparation you do not usually need a temporary veneer. The tooth preparation is very minimal so your teeth should look more or less the same after your first appointment. You may suffer from slight sensitivity in between appointments but this should improve after treatment.

Veneers can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth. Only a little amount of tooth structure is removed for the preparation of veneers. The porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains than your natural teeth and are custom crafted to blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth for the most natural, attractive results possible.

Once you have had the tooth prepared for a veneer it is not considered a reversible treatment. It is possible to adjust or replace the veneers with new ones but not to return to the original, natural tooth. In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer.

Porcelain veneers are designed and made for each tooth individually so there will be a waiting period before they are fitted.

After the porcelain veneers are bonded you will likely experience a degree of sensitivity to hot and cold. This is due to the removal of the thin layer of enamel and will disappear in a few days.

It is important to be diligent about your oral hygiene and avoid unnecessary stresses on your veneers so they are less likely to crack and develop decay and will have a long lifespan.

Veneers can last over 10-15 years if looked after well. They are stronger than composite restorations and more resistant to stains and chipping. You must be diligent about your oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to make sure your new veneers continue to look good for as long as possible.

To determine your suitability for veneers, you will need to have a full dental assessment with your dentist to assess your oral health.

If you have poor gum health, veneers are not a good option. Also, those who grind or clench their teeth are at a risk of cracking their veneers and it is important not to have habits like pen-chewing or nail-biting. Veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important to maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.

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