A veneer can correct misshapen, gappy, crooked, discoloured or chipped teeth. Often a front tooth may have one or more big old fillings in it, which may have become discoloured, often these large fillings significantly weaken the tooth, and so just replacing the filling will leave more filling than tooth. In these cases it may be advisable to consider a veneer on the tooth to restore its strength.
A veneer is often described as a false fingernail, where the false nail is glued to the real nail that remains underneath, giving a new appearance to the nail that remains mostly unaltered. Similarly a veneer does the same for a tooth. A veneer involves resurfacing the front of the tooth as opposed to capping the whole tooth like a crown, and can give the tooth a new colour, size and shape - a whole new appearance. A veneer is often more conservative of a tooth than a crown and in many cases, can achieve many of the benefits of a crown.
Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite resin (tooth coloured filling material).
Composite resin veneers are applied directly to the teeth in one long initial appointment, followed by a second polishing appointment. Composite resin veneers will usually last 5-7 years before they lose their colour and polish. Smoking and some staining foods and beverages will reduce the appearance of these restorations more rapidly. Regular surface polishing will increase the length of time a composite resin veneer will maintain its shine. Resurfacing the composite resin is also an option to keep it looking good. Composite resin veneers cost less initially than porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are formed in a similar way to crowns. The tooth is reshaped and a mould taken of the prepared tooth. A temporary veneer made of tooth-coloured plastic is fitted to the tooth. A Ceramist then makes the veneer in the laboratory from the mould taken of the tooth. Two weeks later, the veneer is fitted onto the tooth. Porcelain is a beautiful and versatile material that enables us to exercise our artistry to create a fabulous smile that looks fantastic, natural and feels great. Porcelain is more resistant to staining than natural teeth. Porcelain veneers should last 10-12 years.
We work with the finest Dental Ceramists and the best composite resin materials to ensure our veneers are of the best quality. The cost of a veneer will depend on the material used and the number of appointments required to create it. Treatment to adjacent teeth and the aesthetic nature of the case will also influence costs.
Many people are so self-conscious about the appearance of their front teeth that they never smile, thus missing out on the powerful emotions a smile can generate when given or received. Veneers can help give you back the confidence to smile.