Porcelain veneers can give you a bright, white smile if your teeth are discoloured, damaged, small or slightly crooked. Resistant to staining from age, tea, coffee and smoking, veneers can be used on a single tooth, or several for a total smile makeover.
What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite that is bonded to your tooth. Typically lasting 10-30 years, veneers are more affordable than crowns when the underlying tooth is strong and healthy.
What happens when you get a veneer?
Appointments usually take 1 – 2 hours, depending on the number of veneers. At the first appointment, the dentist prepares your tooth by removing a thin layer from the tooth surface to allow room for the veneer. A local anaesthetic may be required. Then an impression is taken of your teeth and is sent to a dental ceramist, who makes the veneers especially for your teeth.
At the next appointment, your dentist checks the colour and fit, before bonding the veneer permanently to your tooth using a light-activated cement. The veneer is then trimmed and polished for a smooth and natural finish.