A dental veneer is an ideal way to quickly, safely and comfortably improve the look of a damaged, discoloured or crooked tooth (or teeth). They can also be used to help protect the surface of a tooth from damage. Changes can be subtle or dramatic with veneers used to change the size, shape, colour and position of your teeth quickly and comfortably. Gain a natural looking attractive smile with the minimum of fuss.
A dental veneer is a very thin layer of a man-made material (usually ceramic, porcelain or composite) which is placed on the front surface of a tooth. Most commonly used on the front upper and lower teeth, the process is quick, painless and requires very little preparation time.
How is a veneer fitted?
A veneer would normally be fitted in around two appointments. If you require more than one veneer it is likely to take longer.
Firstly your tooth will be prepared by removing a tiny amount of enamel to create enough space for the veneer to fit flush with the existing teeth. The outer layer of your tooth will be prepared by roughening it slightly to help the veneer stick to it. When the tooth is ready, an impression of it will be taken and used to custom make your new veneer. At this point it will also be carefully colour matched to your other teeth.
Around a week later, your brand new veneer will be ready. Once it has been checked for fit it will be securely attached to the front surface of your tooth with a dental adhesive. You may need to attend a follow up visit around a week after this to check you are happy and that the veneer feels secure.
Protecting your veneer:
Your veneer is made from a strong and durable material so has the potential to last for many years. It’s important to take care of it to avoid any damage. Be aware of hard foods and other bad habits such as chewing fingernails or pens which could chip or break your veneer! If it starts to feel loose at any time please contact us straight away.