A veneer is a very fine facing of porcelain made by the dental technician in the laboratory which is bonded onto your natural tooth. The primary function is to improve the appearance and they can involve very little preparation of your own natural tooth.
Veneers can be used in cases where the teeth are chipped, discoloured or crowded. They can produce excellent aesthetic results.They are most frequently used on your upper or lower front teeth. In the more complicated aesthetic cases, treatment planning is the key.
Ten things you didn't know about veneers
- Whiter fuller smiles help reverse the ageing process as teeth get darker and shorter as you get older
- A veneer is a thin porcelain shell bonded on top of the tooth (from 0.5mm - 1mm thick) as thick as a baby’s fingernail.
- Veneers require minimal preparation
- There is no dark line above the tooth which you sometimes see with crowns
- Veneers can last from 10 - 15 years, sometimes longer, if they do fail it is usually only one or two, which can easily be replaced with the same shade (colour)
- You can decide how white or light you would like your teeth to be. They are resistant to stain and discoloration and unlike your natural teeth maintain their colour
- Sometimes in selected cases you don’t have to prepare or recontour teeth at all and you can change a persons smile by bonding veneers on their teeth. These veneers are called Lumineers (contact lens veneers) That means no injections
- Generally it will take two visits, 7 - 10 days apart with a short follow up appointment to apply finishing touches like contouring and polishing
- Although we try to create a ‘perfect smile' for every patient it still is completely different from patient to patent and it is natural for that specific person
Veneers can not only look natural but they feel like your own teeth