A dental veneer is a wafer-thin porcelain shell that is bonded to the surface of the front teeth to improve the appearance. Veneers are a popular cosmetic solution for teeth that may be discoloured, worn, chipped or misaligned. Each veneer is custom made to meet the needs of the individual; they disguise any imperfections and create a flawless, healthy looking smile.
When would veneers be used?
Veneers are used to improve the colour, shape, size or length of the teeth that are visible when you smile, and can also act as a barrier, to protect the natural tooth’s surface from further damage. Veneers are also a good solution for teeth that slightly misaligned, or to conceal large gaps between the teeth.
Because they are attached to the surface of existing teeth, veneers are suitable for most people with healthy teeth and gums. If you are interested in veneers, your dentist will assess your teeth and advise whether they are right for you.
What is the process?
Veneers are a fairly straightforward process. We begin with a dental consultation to ensure your existing teeth are strong enough to support veneers and find out more about your requirements. We shape the teeth, removing a minimal amount of surface area and take an impression of your mouth. This will be used by the dental lab to construct individually customised veneers which will sit neatly over the top of your existing teeth.
During the follow up appointment the veneers are bonded to the teeth and cleaned and polished. Once in place it is almost impossible to tell the difference between veneers and a flawless natural smile.