What is a veneer?
A Veneers is a thin layer of material that is fixed on to the front surface of your tooth. Veneers can be made out of Porcelain, Ceramic or a Composite resin material and can be used to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Is a veneer suitable for me?
Veneers are a perfect choice if you have stained, chipped or badly worn teeth. They can also be used to improve the shape and even close small spaces or gaps in between your teeth to give you a more uniformed look.
Porcelain & ceramic veneers – what does the treatment involve?
The treatment usually takes place over two or three separate appointments; within the first appointment the outer layer of the tooth is prepared. You may be given some local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure.
Impressions or a mould of your teeth is then taken in order to make the veneer. We will then discuss what shape and shade would be most suitable for you.
Once our lab technicians have carefully crafted your veneer you will then come back for a second appointment to try the veneer on. This appointment is vital as we are then able to critic what the final veneers will be like and gives you an opportunity to make any further adjustments. The third appointment would be to fit the final Veneer.
Composite veneers – what does the treatment involve?
The treatment can be completed in one single appointment. Similar to above, the tooth surface is prepared and you will be given some local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure. The tooth is then prepared with a special gel which roughens the surface of the tooth, then a bonding agent is applied. We will then decide which shade is most suitable for you and discuss the length and shape you require. The Composite material is then carefully built up layer by layer until the veneer structure is complete.
Will I require a temporary veneer?
If you are having a lab made veneer you may have a temporary veneer made for the time in between the two visits.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers can last for many years but they can still chip or break like natural teeth so it is important to keep up with regular dental appointments to check that they are intact.