Dental Veneer Treatments - Newry Northern Ireland
What is a veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. Almost like how a false nail fits over a fingernail. Sometimes a natural colour 'composite' material is used instead of porcelain to suit your natural teeth.
There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer;
• Composite porcelain
• Dental porcelain
A composite veneer may be directly placed and built-up in the mouth, or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental practice, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using resin cement such as Panavia. A porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.
Why do people need a dental veneer?
There are many reasons someone may want to have venners fitted. Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten front teeth.
A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part, covering any imperfections up.
Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
How is the veneer fitted?
In order for the veneer to look natural your original tooth must be shaven back, this is to ensure the veneer is at the same level as your other natural teeth. Before this is done we will numb the affected teeth and gums. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an impression (mould) of your tooth. This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural to suit your other teeth.
How long will the process take?
Having a veneer fitted takes at least two visits, firstly to prepare the tooth and then secondly to fit it.
How long will a veneer last?
Dental Veneers should last for many years. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will ensure you get the most out of your veneer. However a veneer will won't last forever and will need replaced at some stage, just like your own teeth they can chip or break