Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution for discoloured, uneven, worn or chipped front teeth. The veneer is a porcelain cover that is bonded to the surface of the teeth to create a natural and healthy looking smile. Once in place it will be almost impossible to tell the difference. It’ll be your teeth, but an improved version.
Are veneers for me?
Because veneers are attached to the surface of existing teeth, they are suitable for most people with healthy teeth and gums. They are also a good solution for teeth that slightly misaligned, or to conceal large gaps between the teeth. If you are interested in veneers, your dentist will assess your teeth and advise whether you will benefit.
What happens once I’ve decided to go ahead with veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic solution using non-invasive dental techniques. If you’re considering veneers you will start with a dental consultation to assess your suitability for veneers and find out more about your requirements. Next, an impression is taken. This will be used by the dental lab to shape your individually customised veneers. The teeth will then be prepared for the veneers to be attached, this involves removing a minimum amount of enamel from the surface of your natural tooth to allow the veneer to be positioned in line with the surrounding natural teeth, the rougher surface also allows the veneer to bond firmly. During the follow up appointment the veneers are bonded to the teeth using dental cement and the veneers are cleaned and polished.
How are veneers maintained?
Maintaining your veneers is quite simple. Like normal teeth they need to be brushed and flossed regularly, however it’s important to brush with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste to keep the veneers in good condition. Once in place they normally last for many years, but like natural teeth they can chip or break so it is important to visit your dentist regularly to keep them in the best condition.