What are Porcelain Veneers?
A Porcelain Veneer is a thin cover which fits over the surface of the tooth.
Veneers are used to enhance the appearance of teeth in terms of shape, colour and position. It’s a cosmetic procedure which is entirely optional. Different shades of veneers are available and a colour which matches your existing teeth will be chosen. If you have a chipped tooth then a veneer will make the tooth look whole again. The veneer fits on the front of the tooth and covers the entire area, so the natural tooth is not visible at all. If you have gaps between your teeth then veneers can also be used to close those. Veneers can also be used to hide irregular positioning of teeth, giving an appearance of a naturally lined up set of teeth.
Why choose to have veneers?
Veneers will improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth, giving them a healthy and natural look. A strong adhesive is used to secure the veneers in place and little preparation is needed.
What preparation is involved for veneers?
In some cases, the exterior surface of the tooth, the enamel, will be removed and the surface prepared in readiness for the veneer to be fitted. The amount of enamel removed is usually the same thickness of the veneer to be fitted. This means the tooth will remain the same size and position. Sometimes, a local anaesthetic may be needed to avoid any discomfort during the fitting, although this may not always be needed. A mould will be created from an impression of your teeth. This allows the dental technician to make the veneer to your individual specification. The colour shade of your existing teeth will also be recorded so that the correct colour of veneer is created.
How long does it take to have veneers?
Usually two visits are needed for veneers. The first visit is for preparation which will include taking the impression, colour matching as well as answering any concerns you may have. The second visit will be to fit the veneer once it’s been made to your specification. As the bonding of the veneer is irreverible, the dentist will show you the veneer, held temporarility in place for you to inspect and to make sure you’re happy with the appearance it will give. The adhesive used is permanent and provides a very strong bond to hold the veneer in place on the front of the tooth.
Once the veneer is fitted, what happens next?
As the adhesive used on the veneer is very strong, only limited adjustments can be made once the veneer has been fitted. Your teeth may feel different after the fitting of veneers and it will take time to get used to. A follow up visit is usually scheduled about a week after veneer fitting to check everything is OK and you’re happy with the treatment.
How much do veneers cost?
Costs for veneers can vary so it’s best to discuss this with your dental practice.
Do Veneers last forever?
Veneers are long lasting, and should last you for many years trouble free. However, as with natural teeth, veneers can break or be chipped and in such cases will need repairing. The dental team will be able to advise you on how long your veneers should last for. Tiny chips can be repaired with the existing veneer in situ, however in some cases, a brand new replacement veneer will be needed.