Veneers

A veneer is a thin but strong tooth-coloured shell fixed to the front of a tooth to mask discolouration, an irregular shape, damage or small gaps.

They are usually fitted to the front upper and lower teeth and are made from ceramic, porcelain or a composite material. They can be used to enhance your smile and help to protect an affected tooth from further damage.

Veneers offer a minimally invasive way to transform a tooth as only a very thin layer of enamel is removed (if any) prior to fitting.

Why have veneers?

  • More of the healthy tooth can be retained
  • Natural-looking
  • Durable
  • Colour matched to your natural teeth or made whiter
  • Can correct a number of flaws
  • Stain resistant

Treatment steps

  • If necessary, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth to accommodate the veneer.
  • Once prepared, impressions are taken so a customised veneer can be produced.
  • When ready, the veneer is bonded to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive.

Looking after your veneers

After fitting, it is important to keep your veneer well-maintained with regular brushing and flossing. Your dentist and hygienist will show you how to keep on top of your dental hygiene and keep a close eye on the health of your veneers.

Although veneers are resilient, it is important to treat them with care, so try not to bite your fingernails or chew pen tops or use your teeth to open anything. Also, it is probably best to steer clear of very hard foods that could cause damage to the veneer.

Have problem teeth affecting your smile? Get in touch and we can help.