What is a Dental Veneer?
A Dental Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. It is very similar to the way a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural coloured ‘composite bonding’ material is used instead of porcelain.
What are the benefits of Dental Veneers?
Dental Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are so thin are held in place by a special strong bond. This means very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth. They can also be used to lighten front teeth (usually the upper ones).
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. Dental 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.