Veneers are a thin layer of composite or ceramic bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its aesthetic appearance, shape, colour or to correct minor positioning issues.
You can think of it as correcting teeth like an artificial nail improves fingernails!
Veneers can be used to individually match a tooth to an adjacent one - or multiple veneers can be used in a series to improve several teeth in a line.
What are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?
The main objective with veneers is to achieve better-looking teeth. This medical / cosmetic procedure is designed to keep your smile bright for several years (often up to a decade!).
Among other things, a dental veneer could help to resolve the following problems:
- Chipped or broken teeth;
- Discoloured teeth that can’t be fixed by whitening;
- Unsavoury gaps in the teeth;
- Unevenness in the size of the teeth;
- Strangely shaped teeth.
How are Dental Veneers fitted?
Because veneers are thin, custom-made 'shells' of tooth-coloured materials, they are lightweight and largely 'invisible' when affixed to your tooth or teeth.
They typically 'sit' over the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance, colour, shape or size.
The shells are usually bonded to the tooth using a permanent fixing agent that helps them last many years. These types of veneers are not removable - however it is possible to get snap on and temporary veneers.
Transitional veneers are crafted from resin and bonded directly on your tooth by us, in consultation with you (often from a mock-up on a model), to give the best fit / colour for you.
We then bond them to your teeth, creating a temporary fix until a permanent option is ready. Keep in mind that the bonding process ensures that these are not removable.
What to Expect When Getting Veneers?
Veneers are one of the most effective methods of completely transforming your smile. However, as with everything - there are pros and cons that do need to be considered carefully.
It's best to know all the "ins and outs" before getting veneers, so you can understand the process, benefits, risks, and costs.
We will be happy to discuss and explain veneers to you during your next visit, or if you'd like to speak to us about these - get in touch today.