A veneer is a thin tooth-coloured shell fixed to the front of a tooth to mask discolouration, an irregular shape, damage or small gaps. They are usually fitted to the front upper and lower teeth and are made from porcelain or a composite material. They can be used to enhance your smile and help to protect an affected tooth from further damage.
Veneers offer a minimally invasive way to transform a tooth as only a very thin layer of enamel is removed (if any) prior to fitting.
What are the benefits of having veneers?
- More of the healthy tooth can be retained
- Colour matched to your natural teeth
- Can correct a number of flaws
- Stain resistant
What is involved in having a veneer?
- First we carry out an assessment to make sure the teeth that we are enhancing with veneers are healthy.
- If necessary, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth to accommodate the veneer.
- When ready, the veneer is bonded to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive.
Looking after your veneers
After fitting, it is important to keep your veneer well-maintained with regular brushing and interdental cleaning. 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.