What are veneers?
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are designed to fit over a tooth and change its appearance. They are particularly useful if your teeth are otherwise healthy but would benefit from visual improvments.
How are veneers fitted?
For veneer to be applied to your tooth we will need to make space for it by removing some of the surface enamel. To reduce any potential discomfort we usually apply a local anaesthetic. Once the tooth is prepared we'll then produce an impression from which your veneer will be created prior to your next appointment. To protect your teeth between appointments a temporary veneer will be applied.
During your next appointment we will fit your veneer and check that it fits and looks right. Once we're both happy with it we'll secure the veneer to your tooth.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers typically last for 5 to 8 years. How long they last depends on several things:
The quality of veneer
How well you care for your teeth
How frequently you eat hard or chewy food
How much sugary food and drink you consume
The frequency in which you consume foods and drinks that are associated with staining (coffee, wine, soda)
Do I need veneers?
Veneers aren't necessarily something that people often "need" as many of the symptoms that they address can be treated with teeth whitening, braces, crowns, implants etc. However, common reasons for requesting veneers include:
Discoloured teeth or fillings
Chipped or cracked teeth
Gaps between teeth
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