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Our teeth go through a lot during our lifetimes so it’s no surprise that with time they can start to look worn and discoloured . If you have teeth that are letting your smile down, you can have veneers made to conceal their defects and improve their appearance.

Veneers are a good choice for people who wish to change their smile in a short amount of time using a technique that is less invasive than crowns (caps). In many situations your teeth need minimal or no preparation, making it a much less invasive treatment than other restorative options.

What are veneers?

Veneers are usually made from porcelain, fitting over the front surface of the front teeth, covering the side that is visible when you smile. Porcelain has a natural, translucent appearance that perfectly mimics the texture of natural teeth. Veneers are custom-made using impressions of your teeth, so they fit perfectly. Depending on the position and shape of your teeth, it is sometimes necessary to remove a thin layer of outer enamel to accommodate the veneer.

As well as transforming the appearance of your teeth, veneers can also be used to fill in gaps and sometimes correct minor rotations of your teeth.

What is involved in having veneers fitted?

  • We make sure that the teeth having veneers are healthy despite their appearance, taking any x-rays to make sure the internal structures of the teeth are intact and the roots have good support.
  • If we need to remove a layer of enamel, we use local anaesthetic to keep the procedure comfortable.
  • Once the teeth are ready for the veneer, we take impressions to record the shape of your teeth, these are sent to the lab where the veneers are made.
  • We provide temporary veneers to protect your teeth if necessary.
  • For your fitting, we make sure the veneers fit and once you’re happy with them, we use dental cement to fix them in place.

Looking after your veneers

Whilst your veneers will be resistant to bacteria and decay, the teeth supporting them aren’t. Regular and thorough cleaning will make sure you keep your new smile healthy. Porcelain veneers aren’t as strong as dental enamel, so take care not to bite down on hard foods or use your teeth to open things, such as crisp packets.

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