Dental veneers can be used to cover discoloured teeth if whitening treatment doesn’t work, restore a broken tooth, close gaps and align crooked teeth. A complete set of veneers can also be used to give a new, beautiful smile to show off to the world.
Veneers are extremely thin layers of tooth coloured material, usually made from porcelain or sometimes resin composites. These are custom-made to fit each individual and are attached to the front of a tooth.
We have all seen people with large white teeth which look very ‘Hollywood’. Our dentists use the most advanced techniques and skilled technicians to ensure your veneers are as natural looking as possible.
Your friends and family may notice a difference, but it will be for the better. Strangers however, are very unlikely to notice your veneers, other than to compliment you on the look of your teeth.
Initially, a consultation will be arranged where you will be able to discuss what you would like to achieve by having veneers fitted. Your dentist will be able to discuss the best option for you at this stage and take any x-rays or impressions that are needed.
Thereafter, two visits are required with your dentist. The first visit is to prepare your teeth and maybe place temporary restorations. Your dentist will always make sure you are completely comfortable at every stage, and will administer anaesthetic if necessary. For anxious or nervous patients, we have additional support and safe sedation options available.
On the second visit your veneers will be fitted. You may also need to see a technician to make sure the colour match is as good as can be. The dentist may also ask you back for a review to check on your veneers. Your smile can be transformed within two weeks!
Looking after your veneers
Although porcelain is a strong material, you will have to remember you do have veneers. Brushing, flossing and an awareness when eating will prolong the life of your veneers.
Your dentist will give you any other appropriate information. Regular visits to your dentist and a dental hygienist is advisable to ensure you veneers last as long as possible
In general, veneers should be expected to last between five and ten years after which time they may need to be replaced.