Treat your front teeth with veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-coloured ceramic shells that are carefully made to bond and cover the front of the teeth. They are a more conservative treatment than artificial crowns. Veneers are used for treating front teeth which are chipped, discoloured, slightly misaligned/misshapen or have gaps between the teeth.

Multiple visits are usually required to prepare the teeth and fit the veneers. Preparation of each tooth involves removing a thin layer, about the thickness of a fingernail, from the enamel of the tooth. An impression is taken of your teeth and then sent to a dental ceramist to make the veneers to fit the teeth.

Once the veneers are ready your dentist will check their colour and fit before bonding them into place. If required, cement of varying shades may be used to alter the colour slightly. The tooth and veneers are cleaned with a chemical that helps the bonding, cement is placed between the veneer and your tooth, a special light beam is used to activate the cement to bond the veneer permanently.

With good dental hygiene and regular checks with a dentist your veneers should last many years. You may have to avoid excessive chewing hard foods, there is a risk the porcelain will chip or fracture and the margin of the veneer may be exposed if gum recession occurs over time.