A veneer is a thin moulding custom-made from porcelain, which is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Veneers are a quick and effective solution to stained, chipped, misshaped or crooked teeth. They can also be used to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
What is a veneer?
If you have a chipped or stained tooth, a veneer is a viable option for rectifying it. Forming a thin layer over your tooth, veneers are made from porcelain to help them bond perfectly to its surface.
When is a veneer used?
A veneer might be used when you have a discoloured tooth, a tooth that is chipped, crooked or misshapen in some way. You might also be recommended a veneer if you have gaps in your teeth that aren't suitable for orthodontic treatment. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth.
What's the treatment process?
You'll first have a consultation with your dentist to make sure a veneer is the correct treatment for you. Once this has been agreed, your tooth can be prepared to hold the veneer. This involves taking off a thin layer of the enamel, so that once the veneer is attached to your tooth, it'll fit seamlessly without changing the size of your tooth.
You might be given a local anaesthetic as a precaution, but the procedure shouldn't cause you pain. Once your tooth has been prepared, you may have a temporary cover placed over it while your bespoke veneer is being created - you'll have an impression taken of your mouth in order for this to be prepared.
Once the veneer is ready, it'll be attached to your tooth and amended if necessary, before being permanently secured to it. Once you're happy with it, you'll need to ensure you take good care of your new veneer, just as with the rest of your teeth. With proper care, veneers can last for years, but they can be replaced should any damage occur.
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