What is a veneer?

A veneer is a partial covering usually used on front teeth. It can be made by various materials including porcelain and composite resin.

Veneers can be used to improve the shape or colour of teeth that are broken down or significantly discoloured.

Your dentist can discuss with you, whether a veneer would be a suitable treatment in your individual case.

What happens when I have veneers?

Veneer cases require careful planning, to ensure that we achieve a result that will work well in the long term and will ensure you are happy with the finished appearance of your teeth.

Your dentist will discuss the treatment and options with you, checking that you understand the procedure and will answer any questions you may have.

We will need an up to date X-ray of your tooth/teeth to check that the roots are healthy and the foundations are strong before commencing any treatment.

Composite veneers are usually placed at a single visit as they are built up directly onto the tooth and then polished. They do not require impressions to be taken.

For porcelain or Emax veneers the procedure itself will typically take two appointments:

First Appointment :

Your dentist will carefully shape your tooth to allow space for the veneer (usually done under local anaesthetic).

At this appointment we will also take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental technician. You will be able to choose a shade for your veneer to match your existing teeth.

You will be provided with a temporary veneer, to cover the prepared tooth/teeth if appropriate.

Second appointment

Generally after  2 weeks, you will have your temporary veneer removed and your new one will be fitted.

Your dentist will ensure a good fit and appearance for your new veneer and then bond it in to place using the appropriate material to ensure it lasts well.

We will advise you on how best to care for your veneers over the years to come.

How long will my veneer last?

Veneers typically last 10-15 years.

There are a wide variety of factors that influence this, including:

  • The strength of the underlying tooth.
  • The health of the nerve within the tooth.
  • The position of the tooth within the mouth.
  • How much stress and strain a particular veneer is put under.
  • How well the veneer is looked after.

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