Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are placed over the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers are typically used to address cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, stains, gaps, and unevenly shaped or sized teeth.
To place veneers, the dentist will first remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of the tooth to create space for the veneer. Then, an impression is taken of the tooth and sent to a dental lab, where the veneer is custom-made to fit the tooth. In some cases, the dentist may be able to create the veneer in the office using special computer technology.
Once the veneer is ready, the dentist will place it on the tooth using a special adhesive. The veneer is then shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth, creating a natural-looking result. Veneers are durable and can last for many years with proper care, including regular brushing and flossing and routine dental check-ups.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic dental option because they can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth and create a more uniform, aesthetically pleasing smile. However, veneers are not suitable for everyone, and it’s important to discuss your options with a dentist to determine whether veneers are the right choice for you.
Veneers are considered safe when placed by a qualified dentist and with proper care. The process of placing veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth, but this is typically a very minor and safe procedure that does not cause significant harm to the tooth.
However, as with any dental procedure, there are some risks associated with veneers. These may include sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, discomfort during the placement process, and the possibility of the veneer becoming loose or damaged over time. In rare cases, veneers may cause damage to the underlying tooth or gum tissue if they are not properly placed or maintained.
It is important to choose a qualified and experienced dentist to place your veneers, and to follow all recommended care instructions to help ensure their safety and longevity. This includes practicing good oral hygiene habits, avoiding habits such as biting or chewing on hard objects, and attending regular dental check-ups to monitor the health of the veneers and surrounding teeth and gums.
This advice is about routine check-ups only. You may have other appointments for dental treatments such as fillings, teeth cleaning (scale and polish), having a tooth taken out or emergency treatment.
If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, contact us to make an earlier appointment. In an emergency outside normal working hours, you may contact NHS on 111 or private patients may call 07661 001 236.
New patients are always welcome and we always try to see, where possible, emergencies on the day.