Veneers are thin shells, normally made from porcelain or composite, which are fixed neatly to the front surface of a tooth to hide all kinds of defects and improve its colour, shape or alignment.
As only a small layer of natural tooth (if any) needs to be removed prior to fitting, veneers offer a minimally invasive solution to unsightly or awkwardly positioned teeth.
- Stain resistant
- More of the natural tooth can be kept intact
The treatment process
- If necessary, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth so the veneer will fit comfortably.
- Impressions are then taken so the veneer can be produced specifically for you. It will also be colour matched to blend in perfectly.
- When ready, the veneer is bonded securely to your tooth.
More about veneers
Good dental hygiene is essential following the fitting of a veneer so the underlying tooth and surrounding teeth remain healthy. You also need to attend regular check-ups with your dentist so they can ensure all remains well with your restoration.
Although designed to last, you do need to be a little careful with veneers as they can chip or break just like real teeth. Try to avoid biting your fingernails and opening things with your teeth.