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. We can also use a “composite “ material to veneer over a tooth.

facWhen would I need a veneer?

A veneer covers the whole portion of the front tooth  to  improve the shape and colour of the original tooth. They can also be used to alter the position of your teeth. We can match the colour of the veneer to to improve a discouloured tooth. Veneers can make a chipped tooth  look whole again or close small gaps between teeth.

What are the advantages of veneers?

Veneers are made out of porcelain so they can make teeth look natural. Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Sometimes veneers can be made without preparing the teeth at all. These are called Lumineers.

How are teeth prepared for a veneer?

Usually the the outer enamel surface of the tooth is removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny – usually 1mm. We will then take an ‘impression’ of the teeth which is sent to our dental technician. The shade of the surrounding teeth is noted to make sure the veneer looks as natural as possible.

How long will it take?

A veneer takes at least two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth

Will I need a temporary veneer between visits?

Because the preparation of the tooth is so slight you will probably not need a temporary veneer. The tooth will look very much the same after preparation, but will feel slightly less smooth.

How long will a veneer last?

Veneers can  last for many years; but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can due to wear and tear.