A veneer is a thin but strong porcelain cover that is bonded to the existing tooth surface, rather like false fingernails are applied. Veneers represent a minimally invasive procedure. Veneers can be used to: 1) Restore smoothness and brightness, changing the shape and colour of damaged, dark or poorly shaped teeth; 2) Align teeth that are either crooked or overlapping or ones that have gaps between them; 3) Restore natural function. If more than one tooth requires treatment, then a smile can be completely transformed.
what is involved in having veneers?
After a thorough consultation, impressions and x-rays are taken. During treatment, a very small amount of the front surface of the tooth is removed. On occasion, no tooth is removed.It typically takes 14 days for a customised veneer to be made in the laboratory, during which time you’ll be fitted with a temporary cover. The full process usually takes no more than 3 weeks and involves 2 appointments.
Are veneers right for me?
Veneers are best suited to people with teeth in relatively good condition and healthy gums. Although smoking doesn’t damage or stain the veneers, gums may need to be treated before Veneers are placed. Veneers are not the answer or an alternative to poor dental care.
how long do veneers last?
It is impossible to give a definitive time for a veneer to last. Like natural teeth, they can break and it would be unrealistic to expect a veneer to last forever. With all dental treatment longevity depends on how well you look after them and your own teeth and gums. As with natural teeth, Veneers are not designed to bite nails or tear sellotape!
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