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Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a thin layer of tooth coloured material which is placed over your natural tooth to mask the underlying enamel.

veneer-afterveneer-beforeVeneers are designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth by –

  • Masking permanently stained teeth.
  • Closing Diastemas – spaces between your teeth.
  • Straightening misaligned teeth.
  • Improving the appearance of damaged or broken teeth due to decay or trauma.

The procedure is usually completed in two visits which is a simple and relatively quick route to improve your smile, the first part of the procedure involves the dentist removing a small amount of enamel from the front of your tooth and the second appointment the veneers are fitted into place.

4b-veneer-before4b-veneer-afterEach veneer is individually handcrafted by our dental technician to correct the appearance of your teeth to create a healthy natural look.

Preparing you for your procedure
  • You can discuss with your dentist any concerns you have with your teeth, and explain how you would like them improved
  • The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and gum
  • A small amount of tooth is removed from the front surface of your tooth to make room for the veneers. The dentist will do this using a fast hand drill.
  • Your dentist will have a ‘Diagnostic wax up’ made of your teeth to show how your teeth will look with veneers. Moulds will be taken of your teeth, in order to handcraft your veneers. From these moulds, a cast will also be made of your teeth, in order to show you how the final veneers will look.
  • The dentist may fit temporary veneers to protect the teeth whilst your veneers are being made
  • The process of creating your veneers can take between two and three weeks. Each veneer is custom made to correct the appearance of your teeth.

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The Preparation appointment
  • The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum.
  • A small amount of tooth is removed from the front surface of your tooth to make room for the veneers. The dentist will do this using a fast hand drill.
  • An impression (mould) is taken of your teeth using special dental “putty”. The putty is placed into an impression tray; they are both then inserted into your mouth and pushed onto your teeth in order to take an impression. Once the dental putty is set the impression will be removed. An impression is also taken of the opposing teeth, so the technician can see how you bite together.
  • The dentist may fit temporary veneers to protect the teeth whilst your veneers are being fabricated.
  • The impression (mould) of your teeth is sent to the Dental Laboratory where each veneer will be handcrafted to create your new smile. This process can take between two and three weeks.
Fitting your veneers
  • Your temporary veneers will be removed and your teeth will be washed to remove any remaining cement.
  • Your new veneers will be temporarily placed using a special paste which will allow the dentist to make any adjustments that are required and to make sure that you are happy with the appearance.
  • The veneers will then be removed and the tooth surface prepared for the dental adhesive. The veneers will be permanently cemented in place to create the beautiful smile you have been waiting for.
Taking care of your veneers

Veneers can last a long time, but this usually depends on how you take care of them. You must maintain good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing twice a day, and ensure that you maintain your 6 monthly examinations with your dentist.
Certain habits that damage your natural teeth, such as biting pens and pencils, opening bottle tops with your teeth, and biting your nails, will also damage your veneers. It is therefore really important that you attempt to stop these habits as soon as possible.