Dental Veneers

Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain which are made to fit over the visible surface of your tooth. Providing the ideal way of treating severely discoloured, chipped or cracked teeth, veneers are recognised for their natural looking appearance and for dramatically improving the appearance of your smile.

What are Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers are a thin layer of material, usually porcelain, that are placed over the front of a tooth.  They can be likened to a false fingernail fitting over a nail.  They are used to improve the shape of a front tooth, close small gaps or make a chipped tooth look whole again.  If one tooth is slightly out of position, they can be shaped so that when fitted they make that tooth look in line with the rest. The tooth may need to be prepared but this preparation is kept to a minimum. Sometimes no preparation is needed.

The first visit involves any preparation and impressions then these are sent to the dental laboratory where the veneer is made.  At the second visit the veneers are tried in and the fit and colour checked before they are cemented in place with a very strong dental adhesive.  Veneers should last for many years but occasionally can chip or crack.  This can be repaired or a new veneer fitted if necessary. Please ask your dentist for further details.

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