What is a veneer?
A thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, similar to how a false fingernail fits over a nail, to improve appearance.
When would I need a veneer?
Veneers are commonly used to fix:
- Discolored teeth- A precise shade can be chosen to match your veneer to your other teeth, providing a very natural, even appearance.
- Teeth that are worn down
- Chipped, broken teeth or decayed-damaged teeth.
- Misaligned teeth- A tooth which is slightly out of position can be veneered to bring it into line with the others.
- Gaps- Veneers can close small gaps between teeth where orthodontics (braces) are not suitable.
How is a veneer prepared?
To prepare for a veneer, the dentist will anesthetize then drill a thin layer off of the front and edges of the tooth. Impressions of your teeth will be taken, to assess fit, bite and aesthetics to tailor the venner to you. A shade-match of your teeth will be taken for the veneer to look natural. While your permanent veneer is being made in the laboratory, you will be fitted with a temporary one. A second appointment will be booked to fit your new veneer.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers can greatly improve your appearance. As they are individually created for each patient, they look incredibly natural and healthy. Because they are thin and are held in place by a very strong bond very little tooth preparation is required.
How long does a veneer last?
There is no specific time scale for veneers. They are usually given a 10 year life span (approx.), but we do provide a years guarantee on all of our treatments (and will repair them free of charge – depending on the situation).
From £385 – £600 (Depending on material used)