Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile if you are unhappy with the colour, shape or position of your teeth. A veneer is very much like a “false nail”.
It is a thin layer of ceramic (porcelain) which is bonded to the tooth to provide maximum aesthetics in cases where teeth are discoloured or crowded. They are a thin, custom-made shell which is designed to cover the front side of a tooth and are a permanent, long-term solution for problems with stained or chipped teeth.
Firstly, one of our dentists will need to reduce the enamel on the front of your tooth before a veneer is placed. They will then take an impression of your tooth, so the veneer that is bonded to the tooth is made to exact specifications. The treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic to make sure that it is completely comfortable. It will usually take two visits to complete, the first to prepare and match the colour shade to the tooth, the second to fit the veneer with an adhesive. When getting a veneer you should always remember that this is an irreversible process as a small amount of enamel is removed from your teeth in order to place the veneer.
Veneers require you to have a healthy tooth in order to work their best. If you have heavily filled teeth or a very heavy bite you may benefit more from ceramic crowns. Veneers have an average lifespan of 10-12 years, but by maintaining good oral hygiene they can survive well in excess of this.