Introduction to tooth veneers
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain which is custom made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. Veneers make the smile look more beautiful and healthier. The layer covers the entire front of the tooth from the gum down to the edge of the tooth.
Dental veneers provide a comprehensive “dental makeover” and are primarily used in severe discolouration, teeth that are uneven or irregularly shaped, chipped, cracked, and worn front teeth.
Is tooth veneers the right treatment for you?
Tooth veneers can be used for almost any aesthetic preference as they hide the underlying tooth completely. However, one should be aware that in some cases, it is possible to achieve satisfying results with simpler treatments.
In cases where dental veneers are suitable:
Enamel discolouration – front teeth that are badly stained and do not respond to traditional teeth whitening is instead addressed with veneers that hide the underlying tooth surface completely.
Damaged or worn teeth – worn or damaged front teeth will get a new appearance with the help of dental veneers. In some cases, the damage is addressed with a simpler procedure, a so-called composite bonding.
Uneven and spacing teeth – irregularities in shape and in some cases, space between teeth can be corrected by using a so-called bonding, which is a simpler procedure. Porcelain veneers are however, a more powerful and sustainable option when boding is not effective enough.
Crooked teeth – crooked front teeth should be mainly corrected with orthodontic treatment. In some simple cases, porcelain veneers offer a faster and simpler solution.
Gap between teeth – gaps and uneven spaces between the front teeth can easily be closed with the help of veneers or composites, which also gives a more even smile.