A veneer is a thin laminate that is bonded to the surface of a tooth for the express purpose of changing the colour and/or the position of the tooth. They are primarily placed on the anterior teeth and require a reduction of the tooth surface of between 0.5mm-1.0mm. The strength of a veneer is greatly determined not by the material itself but by the strength of the bond to the tooth. Veneers are an excellent way of treating misshapen teeth, discoloured teeth or filling in small gaps between teeth when you don’t wish to have orthodontic treatment.
There are Porcelain and Composite types of veneers. Porcelain veneers are usually completed in two visits. On the first visit the teeth are prepared by the dentist, an impression is taken and sent to a technician who makes the veneers. This normally takes one week. At the second appointment they are bonded into place and you have your new beautiful smile. In the interim period temporary veneers are placed. Composite Resin veneers are created, shaped and bonded for you in the one session. Whilst they look great, they lack the lustrous shine of porcelain that mimic so well the natural appearance of blemish free, young enamel.