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Article 5. Dental Veneers

What are dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers may alter the shape, size, alignment and colour of your teeth to achieve the desired effect on your smile. They are made of porcelain or composite and applied to the surface of your teeth and are bonded (glued) onto the tooth surface. They are different to crowns as they only cover the front surface of your teeth. Dental Veneers are usually very thin and feel smooth and comfortable on your tongue.

What cases are suitable for dental veneers?

Veneers can be used to correct discoloured teeth. They may also alter the shape and alignment of teeth to create a more aesthetically pleasing result. They may be required in cases of heavily filled teeth or patients who have experienced teeth grinding in the past to create that “Hollywood” smile. Veneers can also repair chipped teeth.

There are two types of Veneers:

Composite Veneers

Composite Veneers may be made in the dental clinic by the dentist or may need some prior consultation and preparation. They are more affordable for patients and can mask spaces in teeth, slight discolouration and alter the shape of teeth in one dental appointment. They are painless and no tooth structure is reduced as they are purely adding to your tooth surface.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are natural and smooth in texture. They are able to mask heavier discolouration and are a stronger material. These veneers are made in the lab by a dental technician and can change the appearance of teeth quite dramatically.

How are Veneers applied to the teeth?

You will have to attend your dentist for a consultation to assess your teeth to check their health, size shape, alignment, colour shade prior to treatment. Your dentist will explain the time required, how many appointments, costs and expected outcome. If you are happy to proceed the dentist will book in the treatment appointment. During the treatment appointment, the dentist may polish or slightly reduce your tooth surface to make room for the veneer. They will take moulds of your tooth and send them to a dental lab to design the veneers. The following appointment in 1-2 weeks time the veneers will be ready to be glued onto your teeth.


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