A veneer is a very thin, tooth-coloured piece of porcelain that is bonded on top of your own tooth. This can fill in any gaps you don’t like, slightly change the position of the tooth and hide any chips on the natural tooth. You can have just one veneer or a whole set. For a single stained tooth we can also match the precise shade of porcelain to give it a lighter appearance and fit in with the surrounding teeth. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when braces are not suitable.
The procedure is normally three appointments.
- Consultation with the dentist to discuss what you would like to gain from the treatment and whether or not you are suitable to have veneers.
- If you and the dentist are happy to go ahead a second appointment is required. In this appointment the dentist slightly prepares the tooth and you will have impressions of your mouth taken to send to a laboratory to make the veneers
- A third and final appointment is required to have the veneers fitted.
A lot of people who decide to have veneers also accompany this treatment with tooth whitening. If that is something that you would be interested in you could discuss with the dentist on your first appointment.