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A veneer can be an excellent option to improve the aesthetics of a front tooth.

It’s composed of a thin porcelain ‘shell’ that is custom made to fit over the surface of a tooth. It is often used to improve the shape and proportions of teeth as well as restore chipped teeth or cover heavily filled and discoloured teeth. It can also be used to close spaces between teeth as an alternative to orthodontic treatment, in cases where orthodontics may not be deemed suitable.

Porcelain closely mimics the natural transparency and light reflecting qualities of enamel, making it an excellent cosmetic choice. The shade of porcelain will be chosen to closely match your tooth colour to ensure a seamless blend to the rest of your teeth.


What is the maintenance involved?

One of the big benefits of porcelain veneers over composite bonding is that they require little maintenance and should be cleaned and treated similarity to your own teeth. They do not stain or change colour. They can however be fragile in certain situations, for example in those who grind their teeth or if there is a strong impact to the veneer. Excess forces such as these can cause the veneer to chip or fracture, so care must always be taken. Veneers cannot be repaired easily and this will often mean it will need replacement.

What is the process?

At your consultation we will have an in depth discussion about your options and whether this is the most suitable option for you.

We will then book you in to prepare each tooth, this may mean reshaping your teeth slightly by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of your teeth to allow room for the veneer. A scan of your teeth will then be taken, and shade recorded. This will be sent to our dental laboratory who will make your veneers. In the meantime, we will fit you with temporary veneers until your new ones are ready.

Approximately 2 weeks later we will cement the veneer with a strong dental cement.

What are the alternatives to veneers?

Composite bonding, crowns or orthodontic treatment can be alternatives. Each has its pros and cons which will be discussed in detail with you at your consultation to find the most suitable option that fits your needs and lifestyle.

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