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What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells, made from porcelain or composite, and securely fixed in place to cover damaged or unsightly teeth. They can change the shape, size, colour or position of one or more teeth and enhance your smile in a quick and painless way.

Modern advances in dentistry mean veneers are incredibly strong and durable. Only a tiny layer of tooth enamel needs to be removed to accommodate porcelain veneers, and none at all for composite veneers, creating your new look smile with the minimum of fuss.

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<h2>What does the treatment involve?</h2>

What does the treatment involve?

It usually takes two appointments to complete veneer treatment, although this may be longer if you are having several fitted. At your initial appointment, we check your teeth and gums are healthy and suitable for treatment, as well as giving you the chance to ask any questions.

Porcelain veneers

We prepare your tooth for treatment by removing a tiny layer of enamel. This creates space for the veneer to sit perfectly in line with your existing natural teeth. We take impressions of your tooth and make a note of the shade of your natural teeth so your veneer can be custom made to match.

When your veneer is ready, usually around a week later, we see you for your fitting appointment. We check you are happy with the size, colour and fit before securely attaching the veneer to your tooth using strong dental adhesive.

Composite veneers

No tooth preparation is required, as composite material is built up into the correct shape and able to be positioned directly onto the surface. We thoroughly clean your tooth and apply a dental gel to hold the composite veneer in place, before transferring it into place.

Using a UV light, we set your composite veneer and smooth and polish it so it blends perfectly with your existing teeth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I look after my veneers?

    The best and easiest way to look after your veneers is to keep up with regular brushing and flossing, taking care to brush your veneer just as you do with your natural teeth. Your dentist will keep an eye on your veneers at your regular examination appointments.

  • How long do veneers last?

    Veneers have the potential to last for many years, especially if they are treated with care. Be careful when biting into very hard foods and try not to bite your fingernails or pen tops as this could damage your veneers or knock them loose.

  • Does the treatment for veneers hurt?

    No, the treatment is minimally invasive and not painful. You may feel some temporary discomfort or sensitivity while your tooth is being prepared, but we ensure you are comfortable and relaxed before we begin. The actual fitting of the veneer uses dental adhesive and is completely pain free.

  • Are veneers reversible?

    Porcelain veneers are not reversible, as a layer of enamel has to be removed to accommodate them. If they become damaged, they will need to be replaced or repaired. However, composite veneers can be removed without affecting your natural tooth underneath.

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