A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite (a natural-coloured filling material), made to neatly fit over the front surface of a tooth.
Veneers conceal unwelcome discolouration, chips, minor misalignment or narrow gaps, so teeth look natural and healthy.
Veneers are a minimally invasive way to transform a tooth as only a very thin layer of enamel (if any) needs to be removed prior to fitting and this will be a similar thickness to the veneer being fitted.
Veneers – a step-by-step guide
- If required, we remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth to allow the veneer to fit neatly.
- We take impressions and check the colour of your teeth so a bespoke veneer can be produced.
- When the veneer is returned from the laboratory, we clean the surface of the tooth and the inside of the veneer.
- We apply a special dental cement to ensure a super strong bond between tooth and veneer.
The fitting of a veneer will take two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and 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.
Treat your veneer just like your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly and attending routine check-ups and hygiene appointments.
Although very thin, when they have been securely bonded to a tooth, veneers can prove to be durable restorations. However, to avoid any damage to a veneer, you will have to take a little care and refrain from chewing fingernails or opening anything with your teeth.