Veneers: Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is a veneer?
A. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain designed to cover the front surface of a tooth, similar to how a false fingernail adheres to a nail. However, a natural-coloured ‘composite’ material can replace porcelain.
Q. What are the benefits of veneers?
A. Veneers provide a natural and healthy appearance to teeth due to their thinness and the application of a robust adhesive bond with minimal tooth preparation.
Q. When is a veneer necessary?
A. Veneers can enhance the colour, shape, and alignment of teeth. A specific porcelain shade may improve the colour of a discoloured or stained tooth or brighten front teeth (typically the upper ones). A veneer can restore the appearance of a chipped tooth by covering the entire front surface with a thicker section replacing the damaged part. If a tooth is slightly misaligned, a veneer may align it. Veneers can also close small gaps when orthodontics (braces) are inappropriate.
Q. What are the alternatives?
A. A natural-coloured filling material can be employed for minor front tooth repairs. This method is effective when the tooth supports the filling but may not be suitable for repairing broken tooth corners. There will always be a junction between the tooth and the filling material. Crowns are for teeth that require reinforcement due to breakage, a large filling, or root canal treatment.
Q. How long does a veneer typically last?
A. Veneers can endure for many years, but they may chip or break, just like natural teeth. A small chip can be repaired, or new veneers can be applied. Your dentist will inform you about the expected longevity of each veneer.
Q. How is a tooth prepared for a veneer?
A. A small portion of the tooth’s outer enamel surface may be removed to ensure a permanent bond for the veneer. The amount of enamel removed corresponds to the veneer’s thickness, maintaining the tooth’s original size. Local anaesthesia may be administered to prevent discomfort, though it is often unnecessary. After tooth preparation, the dentist takes an ‘impression’ to provide the dental technician with the necessary information to create the veneer. The colour of adjacent teeth is matched by using a shade guide to ensure seamless integration.
Q. What is the duration of the procedure?
A. The veneer process requires a minimum of two visits; the initial visit to prepare the tooth and match the shade and the second visit to attach the veneer. A specialised adhesive will secure the veneer firmly to the tooth. Before bonding, your dentist will approve the veneer on your tooth.
Q. Is a temporary veneer needed between appointments?
A. Due to the minimal tooth preparation, a temporary veneer is generally optional. The tooth will appear mostly unchanged after preparation but may feel slightly less smooth.
Q. What occurs after the veneer is applied?
A. Minor adjustments can be made once the veneer is in place. Allow some time to acclimate to the veneer before requesting any alterations. Your dentist will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to examine and polish the veneer and ensure your satisfaction.
Q. What are the costs involved?
A. Veneers can be on the NHS, but many dentists prefer to offer cosmetic treatments privately. Discussing fees and treatment options with your dentist before commencing treatment is crucial.
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- White Fillings
- Root Canal Treatment
- Post Crowns
- Adhesive Bridges
- Teeth Whitening
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