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David Coveney, November 7, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Before and after veneer treatmentThe treatment involves placing a carefully shaped thin veneer of porcelain over the tooth, which can correct the colour, shape and alignment of the tooth. It’s a successful and long lasting way to correct cosmetic problems on otherwise strong and healthy teeth.

As you can see in the picture on the right, they can not only correct the aesthetic appearance of the teeth, they give you a white, natural smile to be proud of.

This treatment has been shown many times on makeover shows on TV, and as a consequence demand for veneers has grown dramatically in recent years. The natural and attractive look of a porcelain veneer means that you can have a genuinely beautiful smile, while keeping your real teeth as the foundation.


Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

Q: What exactly are veneers?
A: Veneers are slender pieces of porcelain, approximately 0.5mm to 1mm thick which are cemented to your teeth.

Q: Can I choose the shape and colour of the veneer?
A: Yes, with your dentist the shape and colour of a veneer will be designed to best match teeth which aren’t receiving the treatment.

Q: How are veneers fitted to my teeth?
A: Some people liken veneers to false fingernails, although they’re rather a lot more sophisticated. We will prepare the tooth carefully, reshaping the tooth where the veneer will sit. A mould is then taken and sent to the laboratory and veneers which fit perfectly will then be produced. Because the veneers are so slim, a lot less preparation is necessary than for a crown.

Q: Is a veneer the best solution to re-colouring my teeth?
A: If your teeth are in otherwise good condition, a tooth whitening procedure is likely to be the best, and cheaper, option. We will advise you of this during your consultation.

Q: How long will my veneers last?
A: Veneered teeth need to be brushed and flossed daily as usual. Looked after correctly veneers should last at least 10-15 years, and possibly longer.