A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, very much like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour composite material is used instead of porcelain.

Veneers can improve the colours, shape, position and fix any gaps in your teeth.

A precise shape and shade of porcelain can be chosen to lighten the upper front teeth or to reshape them. It can make a chipped tooth look intact again- the porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth replacing the broken part.
Veneers are often used to close small gaps when orthodontics is not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can be fitted to bring it into line with the rest of the teeth.

“The treatments I have had at the surgery are numerous, crowns, fillings but most importantly for me I had some dental work done on my 6 front teeth. The reason for having the work done on my front teeth was that they quite badly worn and I wasn’t happy with the look of them and Wal said that he would be able to sort that out, which he did, and he did an amazing job on them. I was really really impressed with the care and the work that he did.

The effect it had on me before I had the treatment done was that I felt quite self-conscious about my teeth which resulted in me not smiling as much as I should have done. I was self-conscious in photographs. but following the work I feel far more confident and I am very very pleased with the result. My thoughts on my dentist are that he has given me a lot of self-confidence, I feel very safe in his hands regarding any work that he proposes or does on my teeth, yeh generally very happy.

Life after the treatment? I am a lot more confident, not so aware of my teeth anymore, I used to be quite aware of them and having pictures taken or smiling, but now I feel a lot more natural now.
When I saw the results of my treatment I was very emotional, it almost brought me to tears a complete transformation.”

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Veneers can protect teeth from further damage caused by acid in foods and drinks or from acids in the stomach that cause the teeth to wear away. The teeth become thin and weak and can be protected by veneers.

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“I was so impressed with the work you did on my tooth. The precision involved was unbelievable!”

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin slices of porcelain. These are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of front teeth, very much like a false fingernail. There are also ‘composite’ veneers and these can be completed in just one visit.

Why might I have a veneer?

Veneers are an ideal way of treating discoloured or unsightly teeth, closing gaps between front teeth, or repairing chips and cracks.

How are teeth prepared for a veneer?

Some of the outer enamel surface of the tooth will be removed, to ensure that the veneer can be bonded to the tooth permanently. The amount of enamel to be removed is minimal.

The tooth is prepared in two stages. The first stage will involve removing a small amount of enamel and taking an impression of the tooth. The impression is sent to the laboratory where they will reproduce a veneer to fit the tooth. We will place a temporary veneer on the tooth to protect it against sensitivity. A visit to the laboratory is essential to make sure the colour is matching the adjoining teeth and will look natural. The second stage will involve placing the veneers on the required teeth with a bonding material.

How long will a veneer last?

Veneers can last for some years but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. People who grind their teeth or clench put more stress on the teeth and the veneers and the life span will be shorter.

What happens after a veneer is fitted?

Some minor adjustments might be needed to make sure that you bite is correct. We would like to recall you one month after to make sure you are happy with the fit and function well with the new veneer.

What are veneers made of?

Porcelain veneers are made by a dental technician, using impressions taken by the dentist. The veneers are made in the laboratory and bonded to the tooth to form a strong and natural-looking repair.

Composite veneers can be completed in one visit and involve bonding toothcoloured filling material to the front of the tooth. Although these veneers are slightly more prone to staining and have a shorter life, they are easily replaced.

Can I use veneers to close the gaps between my front teeth?

Yes. Again, using either tooth-coloured material or porcelain, the dentist can change the shape or size of the tooth very slightly, closing the gap between the teeth.

Will my tooth have to be drilled?

Veneers usually need very little work on the tooth itself, and in many cases don’t even need an anesthetic.

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