Veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment to help improve the colour, gap, shape, chips and position of teeth. They’re thin layers of porcelain or ceramic designed to fit over the front surface of teeth similar to false nails being stuck on top of real nails.
They last for many years, but like normal teeth, there is a risk that they could be broken or chipped. The treatment usually requires three dental appointments: one for an initial consultation, then preparation and finally, fitting. The process can be described as below:
- Consultation: Explaining to your dentist your expectations and the result you want to achieve. The dentist will do an appropriate examination of the tooth or teeth which will be veneered and discuss with you the procedure and possible limitations.
- Preparation: Before preparation, the dentist and you will choose the shade or colour of the veneer which will match the colour of your own teeth. Requirements of any Local Anaesthetic will be established. The dentist will remove about half a millimetre of the enamel, take a mould or ‘impression’ and send it to the Laboratory. You can have a temporary veneer, but this will be at an additional cost. It normally takes two weeks to receive your veneer.
- Fitting: Your dentist will show you the veneer on the model and on your tooth, check its fit, colour and your bite. Then the veneer will be fitted with a special cement.