Used for the ultimate smile makeover, Veneers can transform your teeth into a brand new, straight, white smile. A Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour composite material is used instead of porcelain.
Because Veneers are very thin and are held in place by a strong bonding agent, little preparation of the tooth is needed. This means that your natural tooth stays intact and healthy underneath. Veneers are sculpted to fit and matched to your tooth colour making your smile look healthy and natural. Porcelain doesn’t stain so the veneers will stay beautiful and white.
When would I need a Veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth.
Discoloured teeth – A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth, or to lighten the front teeth.
Chipped or damaged teeth – A Veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The Porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thinner section replacing the broken part of the tooth.
As an alternative to braces – Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics is not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a Veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it in line with the others.
Veneers should last for many years but they can chip and break like your natural teeth. Your dentist will inform you of how long each individual Veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired or a new Veneer fitted if necessary.
Minor adjustments can be made to the Veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Your dentist will probably want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and make sure that you are happy with it.
For minor repairs to front teeth, a natural-coloured composite material can be used. This is the same material that is used for white fillings and is excellent for building up the edges of teeth where small chips may occur.
Crowns are used for teeth that need to be strengthened – either because they have broken or they have been weakened by a large filling or root canal treatment. Upon examination, your dentist will determine if your teeth are strong enough to support Veneers.