Can Dental Veneers Really Give You A New Smile?
What are they?
A dental veneer is a very thin sheet of porcelain that covers the front of your tooth. Veneers can change the shape, colour and size of your tooth. It is very similar to how a false fingernail fits over the front of a nail, except that a small portion of it wraps round the back to help strengthen it.
How do they work?
The dentist will take impressions of your teeth as they are, and a lab technician will make up some wax dental veneers on a model of your teeth. This is used to see what they would look like before you have anything done. If you like the look of these, a very thin layer of your tooth is removed. This is the preparation needed to fit the dental veneer over the top of your teeth, so it doesn’t stick out and ensure it looks natural. You will be fitted with some temporary veneers that are made from a similar material to the porcelain. The dentist uses the shape of the wax ones to make the shape of the temporary ones. Two weeks later the lab will have made you the permanent ones. They are then fixed to your teeth with a tooth friendly, permanent cement.
You may need some local anaesthetic to make sure that is comfortable but sometimes it is not required. The colour of the veneer will be agreed with you before the treatment to make sure that it is the colour that you want. It can either be made to match your existing teeth or made lighter if you want a whiter smile.