What is a Veneer?
A dental veneer is a layer of tooth-colored material, placed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They are bonded to your front teeth to improve aesthetic appearance. Veneers can change the shape, color, size and length of your teeth.
What is involved?
Direct composite veneers can be completed in a single appointment. Your teeth may not need to be anaesthetized as preparations can be very conservative. A composite veneer is bonded directly onto your teeth. It can be very quick and the results are immediate.
Indirect porcelain veneers usually require at least 2 appointments. At the first appointment, minor preparations are made and impressions are taken for veneer fabrication in the dental laboratory. To protect the teeth, a temporary restoration may be placed during the 2-3 week turn around before the veneers are ready for placement.
You may be asked to attend a shade matching visit at the laboratory to ensure the best possible aesthetics for you.
At the final appointment, the new veneers are checked for aesthetics, fit and function before they are fitted/cemented onto your teeth.
What is the long term prognosis?
Veneers can last many years with care. Composite direct veneers may stain more easily and require more frequent replacement compared to porcelain veneers.
The life of your veneers depends on good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and the force or amount of stress you place on them.
Please feel free to contact your Gentle Dentist At Mt Warren Park if you have any further queries about Veneers.