Reasons for applying a veneer to a tooth
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite material which is fitted over the front surface of a tooth. This is done to improve the appearance of a tooth that is stained, discoloured or chipped. Veneers can also be used to fill gaps between teeth, or bring it in line with the rest of your teeth, in situations where a brace may not be suitable.
Preparing teeth for veneers
Because a veneer is very thin and held in place with especially strong adhesive, very little preparation is required. At least two visits will be required, however – firstly to prepare the tooth and create an impression, and then to fit the finished veneer.
A tiny amount of enamel may need to be removed on the first visit, so that the veneer can be bonded seamlessly to the front of the tooth. This process is usually painless, but local anaesthetic can be given if required.
The dentist then makes an impression of the tooth, which a dental technician will use to create a perfectly matching veneer. We take great care to precisely match the colour of the original tooth, ensuring the final result looks completely natural.
The tooth may feel slightly rough after this initial preparation, but a temporary veneer is not normally required.
Fitting a veneer
On the second visit, the dentist will first of all show you your new veneer, making sure you are happy with the colour and shape of the veneer. The veneer will then be bonded in place with a strong adhesive which will hold the veneer firmly to the surface of your tooth.
We would advise you to come back after a week or so, so that your dentist can check and polish the veneer, and make sure you are happy with the result.