What is a tooth veneer?
A tooth veneer is an ultra-thin layer of custom-made facing which sits directly on the surface of the tooth.
Who are Veneers for?
Veneers are a great option for anyone who is unhappy with the shape, shade or even location of their teeth. They can be used to repair cracks or chips in teeth and can also be used to cover gaps between individual teeth.
As veneers can be made in a wide range of shades it is possible for them to blend naturally into the mouth or for you to choose a lighter shade to brighten your teeth. If you have teeth which sit out of line a veneer may also be used to improve tooth alignment.
How do they work?
Veneers are very thin and are held in place with a strong bond and are therefore very safe. They require little preparation yet can give excellent results.
What’s the process of getting veneers?
The steps to prepare for veneers are simple and will require two visits to your dentist. Here are the steps:
On your first visit
- A local anaesthetic is administered, though this is not necessary in all cases. This will usually be done by injection.
- A thin layer of the tooth’s enamel is removed. This ensures that the veneer has a good surface to bond too. The thickness of enamel removed will be the same as the new ultra-fine veneer. This ensures that the new veneer doesn’t take up any extra space in your mouth. Your tooth will look much the same after this step.
- The dentist then makes a mould of the tooth and records the exact shade. This is then made into your custom-sized veneer by the dental technician.
On your second visit
- Your dentist will show you your custom made veneer and check that you are happy with its shape and shade.
- They will then fit your veneer to your tooth, using a strong and safe bonding agent.
Veneers should last a number of years if cared for correctly, although like ‘real’ teeth they can crack or become damaged over time. In this instance it is possible to get a new veneer fitted.
This dental treatment can be a great way to increase confidence in your smile. If you have any comments or questions about veneers please do get in touch. You can contact us here.