What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain which is made to fit over the front of a tooth. Sometimes a natural-colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.
When would I need a veneer?
Veneers can improve a number of things these can include the colour and shape of your teeth. A veneer can also make a chipped tooth look whole again.
The porcelain 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 braces are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
How are teeth prepared for a veneer?
To prepare teeth for a veneer some of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth might be removed, to ensure the veneer can be bonded in place later permanently. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer that is being fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size.
On occasions a local anaesthetic may be used to make ensure that there is no discomfort, but this is often not needed.
The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.
How much will it cost?
The costs for veneers can be discussed with our friendly team at our head office in Birmingham.
How long will a veneer last?
Veneers last for many years.