A veneer is a very thin tooth-coloured shell that fits over the front surface of a tooth. Veneers are very versatile and can be used to hide badly discoloured teeth that will not respond to teeth whitening, change the shape of teeth, hide minor cracks and chips, correct the shape of a slightly crooked or protrusive tooth and close-up or minimise spaces in between teeth.
Your dentist may need to shape your teeth before placing the veneers through removing a very small amount of tooth structure from the front of the tooth. If you choose a composite veneer then it will be constructed while you wait and you will leave our dental surgery with your new smile.
The procedure is slightly different for a porcelain veneer as an impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory to be made. Your veneer will be fitted and cemented in place at your next visit.