A popular cosmetic treatment, veneers are made from either high quality porcelain or special high impact resin and are designed to cover the front of a tooth, or teeth, to improve its overall appearance. Our patients choose to undertake this treatment for a number of reasons, including the desire to restore partially-broken teeth, close gaps between teeth, or mask teeth that may be permanently stained.
The procedure is relatively non-evasive and there is minimal preparation of the tooth, or teeth, required. A small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth, usually the same thickness as the veneer will be. An impression is taken by the dentist and sent to a dental technician for the veneer to be made in the laboratory. A permanent treatment, the veneer is then secured onto the existing tooth structure with resin cement.
Our dedicated partnership with one of the recognised UK’s finest dental laboratories, means that we can produce the actual veneers locally, ensuring a smooth, seamless and efficient service to our valued patients.
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Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond (rather like super glue) very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that they tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not necessary. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an ‘impression’ (mould). This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.
A veneer takes at least two visits, the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. 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 a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.
Because the preparation is so slight you will probably not need a temporary veneer. The tooth will look very much the same after the preparation, but will feel less smooth.
Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Your dentist will probably want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and to make sure that you are happy with it.
The costs for this treatment can vary from practice to practice so it is important to discuss charges and treatment options with your dentist before starting treatment.
Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Your dentist will tell you how long each individual veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.
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