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Veneers are a great way to get your smile looking picture perfect. If you are worried about discolouration, stains or cosmetic imperfections on your teeth, then veneers can be a good solution.

Veneers are thin coverings of porcelain, custom made to improve the appearance of your teeth. They are less invasive than crowns and a great way to get back that sparkle. Veneers look natural and last a long time, giving you confidence and bringing back the shine to your teeth that may have faded over time.

As well as improving the appearance of your teeth, veneers can be use to repair small imperfections in your teeth, like a small chip or gap in the teeth. This is a great treatment to improve the look of your smile if braces aren’t suitable. Your dentist will be able to talk to you about your options, and let you know if veneers can be used on your teeth.

Veneers are custom-made to fit your own teeth. An impression is made of your tooth, which will then be used to make the veneerIn the construction of crowns or pontics, a layer of tooth-colored material usually, but not limited to, composite, porcelain, ceramic or acrylic resin, attached to the surface by direct fusion, cemen, before it is fitted by your dentist. The colour of the veneer can be matched to your other teeth, so the look is as natural as possible.

Once your veneers have been fitted you should care for them in the same way that you would your teeth in general, with regular brushing and flossing. It is also a good idea not to bite down on hard foods with the veneer.

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Frequently asked questions

When would I need a veneer?
Veneers improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. With different shades of porcelain available you can choose on that blends in with your other teeth whilst covering a single discoloured or stained tooth. They are also often used to lighten your front teeth, usually the upper ones. A veneer can also make a chipped tooth look whole again. The can also be used to close small gaps where braces are not suitable.
Which teeth should be veneered?
The dentist will help you decide which teeth might benefit from porcelain veneers. Whilst it is not uncommon to have as many as six front teeth treated, sometimes just one or two may be required. Usually it is the smile line that would most benefit, so only those teeth that show are veneered.
How are veneers made?
Your dentist will start by removing a thin layer of enamel (usually about 1mm) from the surface of the teeth to be treated. An impression is then taken and temporary veneers fitted. Your veneers are created by hand. They are individually designed to match the shape, colour and contour of your natural teeth. At the second visit, about a week or two later, your dentist will bond the finished veneer in place. They become strong instantly and you will be able to eat with them immediately after the treatment.
How do I care for my new veneers?
Porcelain veneers need no special care. As with all aspects of oral health, good dental hygiene is important and this will help to increase the life of the veneer. As always you should avoid biting hard objects. Regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist are essential to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

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