What are veneers?
- A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that fits over the front surface of your tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail.
- Veneers can improve the appearance of your front teeth by altering;
- Their colour- either match one discoloured tooth or brightening your whole smile.
- Their shape – make a chipped tooth look whole again and close gaps between teeth.
- Their position – if one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
- They are also used for smile-makeover cases to treat a number of cosmetic issues and give you the smile of your dreams.
- Having veneers will make teeth look natural and healthy.
- They are very thin and are held in place by strong glue, so very little of your tooth needs to be prepared. Some veneers don’t need any preparation at all.
For simple cases you will need at least two appointments to make your veneers. The first is to prepare the teeth, and the second is to fit the veneers.
Preparation – A little of the front surface of the tooth may be removed, impressions (mould) of your prepared teeth are taken and sent to the dental technician, who will construct your custom made veneers. The dentist will discuss the colour matching of your veneers with the surrounding teeth to make sure that the veneers will look entirely natural and make sure we achieve the appearance you want.
Fit – Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with special glue, which holds it firmly on the tooth.
For complex cases where you are having multiple veneers there is the option to trial your new smile with custom made temporary veneers.
This will involve additional visits where the technicians make wax veneers on models of your teeth. This gives you the chance to see what the veneers will look like and discuss any changes you would like to make to your smile.
Once you are happy with the wax veneers these will be used as a template to make a set of temporary veneers. These temporary veneers are cemented in place so you will be able to trial the look and feel of the veneers, and see what friends and family think of your new smile.
After this trial run – you can discuss any further changes you would like to see in you final veneers before they are made.
Only when you are happy with the veneers in position will they be bonded in place on your teeth
Once the veneer is fitted only minor adjustments can be made. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. You will have a review appointment to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and make sure that you are happy with it.
Veneers can last for many years; but just like your own teeth, they can chip or break. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.
Componeers are a new way of doing dental veneers in one visit. They are stronger and more aesthetic than traditional composite veneers, and cost significantly less than porcelain veneers.
Crowns can be used for teeth which need to be strengthened – either because they have broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.
For more information on Veneers at Goodall Dental Practice, or to book a free no obligation consultation, call the team on 01922 642621, or click here to send an online request.