What are they?
A veneer is a thin pieces of porcelain, resembling a fake fingernail that is bonded to a tooth.
What is it used for?
They are used to repair chipped, decayed or stained teeth and for closing gaps between teeth. Veneers can cosmetically make crowded teeth appear straighter and can improve the strength of damaged teeth.
How is it done?
Two to three appointments are usually needed for this procedure. The front surface of the tooth is filed down and reshaped. An impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where a plaster replica is formed and the veneers are fabricated. Approximately one to two weeks later, they are placed on the teeth and checked for shape and colour. Adjustments may be required at the dental laboratory at this stage. The veneers are then bonded to the teeth and polished.
How long do they last?
We hope that with good oral health, the right conditions, and regular checkups, they should last 15-20 years. Grinding, clenching, finger nail biting or biting on hard brittle foods, may damage the veneers and subsequently affect their longevity.