Veneers are wafer thin slivers of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve the look of crooked or worn-down teeth, gaps and discolouration. They are made to be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
The treatment usually takes two visits, plus sometimes a visit to the technician who will be making the veneer. During the first visit we prepare the tooth for the veneer, make a temporary veneer and take impressions to send to the technician. At the second visit, your veneer is bonded to the prepared tooth with a special adhesive to ensure it is secure.
Research has shown that porcelain veneers usually last from 9 to 15 years, but this will depend on how well you look after your new smile.
Veneers aren’t always the best solution as they require the tooth to be drilled to allow room, and the right surface, for the veneer. Sometimes orthodontics is a better solution for gappy or misaligned teeth and white fillings for teeth that are chipped. All options will be discussed with you at your initial consultation.