Dental veneers

Dental veneers are used to improve the appearance of individual teeth and your smile as a whole. A popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, a veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front part of the tooth to repair the most visible area.

What are veneers used for?

Dental veneers are commonly used to correct some specific cosmetic concerns, including fixing spaces between the teeth, correcting poorly shaped teeth, and correcting and repairing chips and cracks. Veneers are also often used to improve the appearance of permanently stained teeth, worn teeth and unsightly fillings.

What does a veneer look like?

Made from tooth-like materials, veneers are custom-made shells that are adhered to each individual tooth to create a natural and beautiful smile. Veneers look natural, improving both the shape and brightness of your pearly whites. The appearance can vary slightly depending on whether you choose porcelain or resin composite veneers.

What’s the difference between ceramic veneers and resin composite veneers?

Porcelain veneers are made of a strong and durable dental ceramic. Firstly teeth are reshaped, a mould is taken, and a colour shade is selected before being sent to the lab for the veneers to be created. At a second appointment the veneers are bonded to the teeth with dental cement, then cleaned and adjusted as required. Resin composite veneers can be fitted in one appointment. After preparing the tooth, a composite material is bonded and sculpted to your teeth in a matching colour. A special light hardens the composite, before it’s smoothed and polished. When deciding which cosmetic veneer is best for you, talk to your dentist for assistance.

The information contained on this website and websites linked to this website (Information) does not constitute or comprise comprehensive medical or dental advice. You should seek dental advice directly from your dentist before acting or relying on the Information.

First published: 06 November 2014

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