Veneers are a great way to cover stains, close gaps and straighten teeth. A veneer is a fine layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of your tooth. Veneers are extremely thin, but once bonded to the tooth they’re very strong and durable.
Why choose a veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth.
A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth.
A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Some types of veneers require no preparation of the tooth at all.
How are veneers made?
Generally, it takes a couple of appointments to prepare and fit a veneer. During the first visit, we’ll prepare the tooth to enable an impression to be taken. After that impression is taken the veneer is custom-made by a specialised lab technician. During your second visit, your dentist will place the veneer on your tooth to make sure you’re happy with the colour, shape and fit. The veneer will then be bonded in place with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.