You’ve all heard about them, lots of you want them, but what are they, and how do they work?
Our usual analogy is to liken them to false fingernails, as they are thin coverings fitted over your own teeth.
In most cases it is necessary to remove a small amount of the tooth or teeth to be veneered, and then impressions of the teeth are taken for a laboratory to use to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are usually porcelain, and are in the region of 0.5mm to 1mm thick, and are ‘glued’ to the tooth, covering all or part of it, thereby changing shapes and colours of teeth. They are technically demanding to prepare, fabricate and fit to a high standard, and are usually given an average lifespan of around 15 years. We give a guarantee of 5 years on all laboratory fabricated work, and if your dentist doesn’t, ask why!
Generally veneers are NOT reversible, so ensure that you are fully aware of the expected outcome, cost and maintenance requirements before you begin treatment.
If it is an extensive makeover that is required, we would usually suggest a smile design first, which uses digitally enhanced photos and models of your teeth to show fairly accurately the proposed outcome, making your decision as to whether to proceed much easier.