Sometimes people ask us to make significant changes to the appearance of their teeth, usually because they are dissatisfied with the current colour, shape or alignment. If the changes you request can’t be achieved with whitening or bonding, veneers may be an option for you.
A veneer is a thin coating of tooth coloured material that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They allow subtle or dramatic cosmetic changes to be made to the teeth, including colour, shape and apparent position.
Reasons for Having Veneers:
- Improve aesthetics
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Misshapen teeth - e.g. 'peg' lateral incisors
- Teeth not in proportion with each other or the face (teeth too short or too long)
- Align crooked teeth
- Close unwanted or uneven gaps between teeth
- Discoloured teeth
We offer two types of Dental Veneer at the practice:
Porcelain veneers are made of a thin layer of ceramic, which covers the surface of the tooth, masking the natural tooth, and altering its appearance in some manner. Not only is the ceramic very strong and resilient, it also has an extremely smooth surface making the veneers resistant to staining, easy to clean and very natural in appearance. Porcelain Veneers generally require a minimum of two appointments to be fitted.
Composite veneers are made of dental composite resin and are placed directly onto the tooth surface by the dentist. They are a more cost effective veneer as they do not require fabrication in a laboratory, but they still offer very good cosmetic results as the material can be shaped and polished to provide a bright and natural smile. Composite materials are more versatile and easier to repair than porcelain, are bonded (rather than cemented) to the tooth, however they can stain more readily than porcelain. Composite Veneers can also be used as a trial before investing in porcelain veneers.