Unhappy with your smile?
If you are self conscious about your smile due to discoloured, uneven or oddly shaped teeth, cosmetic dental veneers may offer the solution to improve your smile and the appearance of your teeth. Advances in materials make today’s veneers look and feel like natural teeth. The material used to create these cosmetic restorations is very fine and reflects the light in the same way as the natural enamel on your teeth.
What is a Veneer?
A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material that is permanently bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Here at Magee Dental Care our dentists can provide you with the most accurate and aesthetic dental veneers that will restore your smile and confidence.
What does a veneer do?
Veneers can improve the colour and shape of your teeth. A precise shade of material can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth or to lighten front teeth (usually the upper ones). A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again and mask unsightly cracks in front teeth. The veneer covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics are unsuitable. Some veneers can be built up on the tooth directly using composite (tooth coloured) filling material. Other veneers are made from porcelain following an impression of the tooth and are cemented to the tooth.
- To prepare the tooth, some of the enamel of the tooth is removed to ensure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place. The amount of enamel removed will be thin and the same thickness of the proposed veneer, so the tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort.
- Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This shows how the teeth bite together and establishes the shape and size of veneer needed.
- The impression will be given to the dental laboratory, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural. The preparation of the tooth is so slight that you will probably not need a temporary veneer.
- On your second visit your dentist will fit the veneer. Before bonding it, you will be shown the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer is done with a special adhesive to hold it firmly on the tooth.
- Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted and you should wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Your dentist will probably want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and to make sure that you are happy with it.
- Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond, very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
- If the tooth is strong, a veneer is often a better option than a crown for improving the tooth’s appearance. You lose very little of your natural tooth.
- Veneers can last for many years if they are well cared for, but they can chip or break. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.
- Veneers can greatly improve your smile – they hide imperfections in the tooth improving the tooth’s appearance – and will restore your confidence to smile again.