What are Veneers?
They are very thin shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth using dental cement and are designed to improve the appearance of the teeth. Veneers are a permanent solution for eliminating any issues and make your teeth look better by changing their colour, shape, angle or spacing.
Veneers can either be made from composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain requires two visits and a longer placement procedure but are generally longer-lasting and very natural looking. Comparatively, resin veneers are easier to fix if they get damaged.
Veneer Procedures at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group
At Burgess & Hyder Dental Group, a veneer is provided as an NHS service if medically needed. Reasons for this could include pain from damaged or overcrowded teeth. Fitting veneers usually requires two appointments. Here’s what is involved:
- First, the teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of the enamel coating the front and sides of the teeth to make room for the veneers.
- After this, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and you will select the desired shade.
- The impression will then be used to create the veneers in the laboratory, which can take up to a week.
- In the second appointment, the dentist will check the veneers against the teeth for fit and shape before then cleaning the teeth.
- Finally, the veneers are bonded to the tooth or teeth. If composite material is used then a special light is used to harden it.
How to Care for Your Veneers
The following steps can help to ensure the long-term success of your veneers:
- Maintain good daily hygiene practices, which includes brushing and flossing teeth twice every day.
- Avoid chewing hard objects, biting your fingernails or putting too much pressure on the veneers as this can cause them to break or chip.
- Visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleaning.