.Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Because
they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond (rather like
super-glue) very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
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 or stained tooth or to lighten front teeth (usually the upper ones)
generally. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The thin layer of
porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the
broken part. 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.
Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be
removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The
amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to
be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size. Once the tooth has been prepared, the
dentist will take an ‘impression’ (mould). 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 or it is possible to visit the technician where you can discuss
your requirements and he can see and photograph your teeth.