A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of the tooth. Sometimes, a natural composite material is used instead of porcelain. It can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour, this will improve a single discoloured or stained tooth, and can even be used to lighten your front teeth's colour.
We, at ProDent Care use the finest porcelain veneers available to restore crooked, damaged, or discoloured teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact. It covers the whole front part of the tooth with a thicker surface. This will not only replace the fractured part, but also cover it. Veneers can be used to close small gaps, if orthodontic treatment is not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position to the rest, a veneer is sometimes fitted to bring it in line with the other teeth.
What are the advantages of getting veneers?
Veneers will make the teeth look natural. This is due to the fact that they are very thin and are held in place by a special bond — very little preparation for the tooth is required.
How are the teeth prepared for a veneer?
Some of the shiny outer tooth enamel may be removed to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place. The amount of enamel removed is small, and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so the tooth will remain the same size. A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but this is not always necessary. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will make an impression (mould). This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to create the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look as natural as possible
How long will it take?
A veneer takes at least two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. Before bonding it in place, you will be shown the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.
Will I need a temporary veneer between visits?
Because the preparation of the tooth is so slight, you will probably not need a temporary veneer. The tooth will look very much the same after preparation, but will feel slightly less smooth.