We utilise a wide range of cosmetic treatments to enhance the appearance of teeth. One such treatment option is to use veners. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth coloured material which is placed over your natural tooth to mask the underlying enamel – a bit little like a false nail for the tooth.
Veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth by:
- Masking permanently stained teeth.
- Closing spaces between your teeth.
- Straightening misaligned teeth.
- Improving the appearance of damaged or broken teeth due to decay or trauma.
What to expect
The procedure is usually completed in two visits which is a simple and relatively quick route to improve your smile. The first part of the procedure will be a consultation appointment, this is when you can discuss with the dentist the concerns you have with your teeth and explain how you would like them improved.
- The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum.
- A small amount of tooth is removed from the front surface of your tooth to make room for the veneers. The dentist will do this using a fast hand drill.
- An impression is taken of your teeth using special dental putty. Once the dental putty is set the impression will be removed. An impression is also taken of the opposing teeth, so the technician can see how you bite together.
- The dentist may fit temporary veneers to protect the teeth whilst your veneers are being prepared.
- The impression of your teeth is sent to the dental laboratory where each veneer will be handcrafted to create your new smile. This process can take between two and three weeks.
On your second visit the veneers will be fitted. Your temporary veneers will be removed and your teeth will be washed to remove any remaining cement.Each veneer is individually handcrafted by our dental technician to correct the appearance of your teeth to create a healthy natural look.
Veneers can last a long time but a lot depends on how you take care of them. Habits that may have damaged your natural teeth, like biting pens and pencils, opening bottle tops with your teeth and biting your nails will also damage your veneers.
You must maintain good oral hygiene brushing and flossing twice a day and you must ensure that you attend 6 monthly examinations with your dentist.
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