What is a Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers are very thin shells made of tooth coloured composite or porcelain. They are very much like artificial finger nails, for your fingers. They are delicate until they are bonded into place. Then they are very strong, look good and are long lasting. They can be used to straighten your teeth, or change the size, shape, colour, or even close the gaps between your teeth. Veneers are made of very dense, oven fired porcelain, they are perfect at covering any discolouration underneath the porcelain. Teeth that are badly discoloured due to Tetracycline anti-biotics, roots that are black from old root canal therapies or stained from large old fillings, can all be covered very easily.
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
Dental veneers offer cosmetic benefits to people wanting to improve the appearance of their teeth. Dental veneers:
- offer dynamic colour variation and translucency which exactly copies tooth enamel to create a natural looking smile
- are made of bio-compatible material that gum tissue usually tolerates well
- require minimal tooth shaping, approximately half a millimetre of enamel from the front of the tooth is removed
- can be fitted during a painless procedure and often without anaesthetic
- are stain resistant
- do not require a separate or special cleaning routine
- can last up to 15 years, depending on the type of veneer selected and how well the veneers are maintained
- are often less expensive than other dental solutions for improving the appearance of teeth, such as dental crowns and orthodontic braces.
Considerations of dental veneers
Veneers might not be good for you if you clench and grind your teeth; have advanced gum disease; or have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface. The initial appointment with our dentists will confirm your suitability.