Veneers can be used to treat chipped, discoloured, slightly misaligned teeth, gaps between teeth and a tooth that is too small or has irregularities.
Veneers can often be used as an alternative to a crown if the underlying tooth is strong and healthy.
What exactly is a veneer?
Veneers are thin “shells” that are matched to the tooth colour and carefully crafted to bond to and cover the front of the tooth.
Preparation and fitting veneers
Two to three visits are usually required to prepare the teeth and fit the veneers. Appointments can take one to two hours depending on the number of teeth being treated.
To prepare the teeth, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the surface. This allows room for the veneers to be cemented into place later. A local anaesthetic may be required. Once finished an impression is taken and sent to a Dental Technician, who crafts the veneers to fit the prepared teeth.
At the next appointment, the new veneers are cemented onto the teeth. The colour and fit are carefully checked before your Dentist finally bonds the veneers into place with a chemical that also cleans them. A light beam activates the cement to bond the veneers firmly into place.
The colour can be altered by using varying shades of cement, any changes need to be discussed before the final cementing is done, as the colour can’t be changed after this. Once the veneers have bonded to the teeth, they are trimmed and polished.