What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin porcelain, composite or metal facings or shells that are attached to upper and lower front teeth. Porcelain and composite veneers are attached to the front surface of your front teeth and are used to improve their appearance. Metal veneers are  attached to the back surface of your teeth and are used to protect and strengthen them.

Why Might We Give You Veneers?

There are 2 reasons we might suggest placing veneers in your mouth:

  • To improve the appearance of your smile
  • To protect worn and weakened teeth
  • We may suggest veneers if:
  • You have discoloured or stained front teeth
  • You have large fillings in your front teeth
  • Your front teeth are misaligned and you do not want braces
  • Your front teeth are worn or damaged

How Are Veneers Done?

After discussing your needs with your dentist he will examine your teeth to see if veneers are an appropriate treatment option and provide you with a cost for the work.

Before fitting any veneers the dentist has to prepare the teeth by removing a small amount from the face of each tooth. He will then take an impression of your teeth which acts as a mould that the dental laboratory will use to create a model of your teeth. With this mould they can make the veneers.

If your dentist feels it is needed, he may fit temporary veneers to protect the tooth surface but he will advise you of this beforehand.

When the veneers have been completed your dentist will fit them at a second appointment. This is a relatively simple process where the dentist will attach the veneers to the teeth using a gel that glues the tooth and the veneer together. The gel is set using a blue light. Any extra cement is removed and the veneers are polished to give a perfect looking result.

As with all restorative or cosmetic procedures it is extremely important to look after the veneers, to maintain a high level of oral health and have regular check-ups with your dentist. If looked after porcelain dental veneers can last for many years.

For more information call us to make an appointment with one of our dentists or mention it at you next check up.