A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damaged tooth surface. Made from ceramic, porcelain or a composite material they are usually fitted to the front upper and lower teeth.
Veneers improve the appearance of teeth making them look natural and healthy. As they are thin less preparation of the tooth is required compared to a crown.
- Step 1 – During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing any outer enamel necessary to allow room for the veneer that will be placed on top.
- Step 2 – Once the veneer has been made, your dentist will bond the veneer to your tooth with a special dental adhesive which will firmly hold it in place.
- Step 3 – Multiple visits are sometimes necessary to review the fit and bite of the veneer.
Veneers are durable restorations and with good home care veneers should last for many years. Following the treatment, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. Hard foods should be cut up before eating and avoid opening anything with your teeth. We also recommend you brush and floss to maintain healthy teeth and gums and visit your dentist regularly.