Veneers are thin, tooth coloured shells, usually made from ceramic, porcelain or composite. They are fixed to the front surface of a tooth to mask discolouration, an irregular shape, damage or small gaps, and can be used to enhance your smile, protecting it from further harm.
Veneers offer a minimally invasive way to upgrade your smile, as only a very thin layer of enamel is removed, if any, prior to fitting.
What does the treatment involve?
We will only need a couple of appointments to transform your smile with veneers. At your initial consultation, we will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and suitable for treatment. We will then take impressions so we can create your veneers. We can also show you a preview of how veneers will look in your mouth.
Once you are happy with the look, we will prepare your teeth if necessary. We will fit temporary veneers to keep your teeth protected between appointments.
When your veneers are ready, we will invite you for your fitting appointment. We make sure the look is exactly as you expected before fixing the veneers in place with a dental adhesive.
Looking after your veneers
After fitting, it is important to keep your veneer well-maintained with regular brushing and flossing. Your dentist and hygienist will show you how to keep on top of your dental hygiene and keep a close eye on the health of your teeth and gums.
Although veneers are resilient, it is important to treat them with care, so try not to bite your fingernails or chew pen tops, or use your teeth to open anything. Also, it is probably best to steer clear of very hard foods that could cause damage to the veneer.