A dental veneer is made from porcelain or a white filling material (composite) which covers the tooth in a thin layer improving the look of the tooth and smile. This can alter the colour / shape / position of a damaged or discoloured tooth. Veneers can be used to close small gaps where C-fast or orthodontics are not suitable. They can improve your self-confidence by improving your appearance. They are also used to repair teeth where a small filling is not successful but where enough tooth remains so that a crown is not required.
Veneers are often advised because they involve removal of only a small layer of tooth enamel while making the finished tooth look natural. Sometimes it is not necessary to remove any tooth, depending on where the tooth is placed. This is a filling is unable to repair a breakage Your dental team will prepare the tooth, as necessary, then take a mould of your teeth which is sent to the dental lab. The dental technician will then prepare your veneer to a colour and shape which matches your surrounding teeth, as agreed with your dentist. The veneer will then be attached with a strong adhesive by your dentist. Porcelain veneers will take at least 2 visits but
Costs vary depending on the number of veneers needed and the type of material used. Porcelain veneers can cost up to £225 each while Composite (one- visit) veneers can cost up to £95. Both types should last for many years but they may chip, just as your own teeth can. Biting your nails or grinding your teeth should be avoided after veneer placement.