Dental Veneers

Veneers

Dental veneers are a thin layer of custom-made and tooth-coloured material placed over a tooth to either improve the aesthetics of the tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage.  Veneers are held in place on the front of the teeth with a strong bond in order to change their colour, shape, size and sometimes length.

Dental veneers are either made from dental porcelain or from resin composite materials.  Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers, are more accurately mimic the light-reflecting properties of the surfaces of natural teeth.  On the other hand resin veneers are thinner and require less of the tooth surface to be removed before placement.

To place a dental veneer, generally a few millimetres of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth is removed, allowing the veneer to be bonded permanently in place later. Once the tooth has been prepared, an impression will be made and given to a dental technician, who will then create the veneer.  To ensure the veneer will look entirely natural the colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide.

Generally, dental veneers are used to renew a patient’s confidence by fixing teeth that are discoloured, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.  Veneers can also be used to close small gaps between teeth where orthodontics are not suitable.

If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer might be fitted to bring it into line with the others.  Precise shades of colour can be given to a veneer to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten the front teeth.  Dental veneers make teeth look natural and healthy.