Veneers are a simple and relatively quick and cost effective method of improving your smile via a non invasive procedure typically completed over two appointments. Veneers are basically a thin layer of tooth coloured material which is shaped and then placed over your existing tooth to mask the underlying enamel whilst maintaining a natural appearance.
Veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth by:
- Masking permanently stained teeth
- Closing Diastemas – spaces between your teeth
- Straightening misaligned teeth
- Improving the appearance of damaged or broken teeth due to decay or injury
The process of shaping and applying veneers is completed over two consecutive visits. The first part of the procedure involves the dentist removing a small amount of enamel from the front of your tooth and during the second appointment the veneers are fitted into place.Each veneer is individually handcrafted by our dental technician to correct the appearance of your teeth and to create a natural smile.
Prior to selecting veneers as your preferred solution, you may elect to have a consultation appointment, where you can discuss with the dentist any concerns you have with your teeth and explain how you would like them improved.
Your dentist can make a ‘Diagnostic wax up’ which is essentially a model made of your teeth to show how your teeth will look once veneers are applied. During this is procedure the dentist will take impressions (mould) of your teeth and these will then be sent to the laboratory. Our technician will then make a cast of your teeth using the supplied impressions (moulds). Dental wax is then applied to the cast, to show how the final veneers will look.
If you decide that veneers are for you, two further appointments are then needed. The first appointment is when the dentist prepares the teeth and then a second is to fit the veneers.
The Preparation Appointment
- The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum
- A small amount of tooth is removed from the front surface of your tooth to make room for the veneers. The dentist will do this using a fast hand drill
- An impression (mould) is taken of your teeth using special dental "putty". The putty is placed into an impression tray; they are both then inserted into your mouth and pushed onto your teeth in order to take an impression. Once the dental putty is set the impression will be removed. An impression is also taken of the opposing teeth, so the technician can see how you bite together
- The dentist may fit temporary veneers to protect the teeth whilst your veneers are being fabricated
- The impression (mould) of your teeth is sent to the Dental Laboratory where each veneer will be handcrafted to create your new smile. This process can take between two and three weeks
The Fit Appointment
- Your temporary veneers will be removed and your teeth will be washed to remove any remaining cement
- Your new veneers will be temporarily placed using a special paste which will allow the dentist to make any adjustments that are required and to make sure that you are happy with the appearance
- The veneers will then be removed and the tooth surface prepared for the dental adhesive. The veneers will be permanently cemented in place to create the beautiful smile you have been waiting for
Veneers do require some care to maintain
Whilst they can last a long time, this really is depending on how you treat them. Poor habits such as biting pencils, pens or even biting your nails, can have a detrimental effect on veneers over time. Of course, once installed you must maintain a consistent oral hygiene regime which includes brushing and flossing twice a day and regular 6 monthly examinations with your dentists to monitor your overall dental health and the condition of your veneers.