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What are veneers?
A veneer is a thin piece of ceramic material (typically porcelain) that is placed over the front of the teeth. The veneer is custom made and bonded to the teeth, providing a strength and resilience that is comparable to the tooth’s natural enamel. A well cared for set of veneers can improve the shape and colour of your teeth which can last between 10 and 20 years.
What veneers are used for?
Veneers can be used to close gaps and correct small minor misalignments. A veneer is also a popular cosmetic solution for people wishing to enhance the brightness of their teeth, straighten their smile as well as correcting issues such as staining or chips.
What is the procedure of veneers?
The fitting or placing of veneers is a typically pain free procedure and depending on the individuals sensitivity, local anaesthetic is not usually required.
During the procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from the front of the tooth in preparation. A mould or impression is then taken, this will be used to create the veneer for the tooth or teeth and a temporary veneer will be fitted to protect the exposed enamel.
When the veneer has been created, (this is normally a two week process which is made at our dental laboratory), the dentist will remove the temporary veneer and check the new one for fit and size. The new veneer will then be light bonded to the teeth creating a strong attachment.
What is the aftercare for veneers?
Veneers should be cared for in the same way as natural teeth with a daily routine of brushing and flossing. We also recommend that you have regular hygiene visits to ensure good oral hygiene, this will also help with the longevity of your veneers.
If you think that your smile could be improved by having veneers fitted, please contact the practice today to speak with any of our friendly and professional team, who will be more than happy to advise and discuss any queries you have on 0161 445 2397.