A veneer is a thin tooth-coloured shell fixed to the front of a tooth to mask discolouration, an irregular shape, damage or small gaps. They are usually fitted to the front upper and lower teeth and are made from ceramic, porcelain or composite material. They can be used to enhance your smile and help to protect an affected tooth from further damage.
Veneers offer a minimally invasive way to transform a tooth, as only a skinny layer of enamel is removed (if any) before fitting.
- A thin enamel layer is removed from the tooth’s surface to accommodate the veneer.
- Once prepared, impressions are taken so a customised veneer can be produced in a laboratory. The colour of your teeth is also noted so it will blend in perfectly.
- When ready, the veneer is bonded to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive.
After fitting, keeping your veneer well-maintained with regular brushing and flossing is essential. Your dentist and hygienist will show you how to keep on top of your dental hygiene and closely monitor the health of your teeth and gums.
Although veneers are resilient, it is essential to treat them with care, so try not to bite your fingernails or chew pen tops or use your teeth to open anything. Also, it is probably best to steer clear of tough foods that could cause damage to the veneer.