Porcelain Veneers Wirral
What is a Veneer?
A Veneer is a type of dental restoration, custom made at a dental laboratory. They are a thin layer of porcelain, strong in structure (but not as strong as a crown) and provide a very natural appearance. Veneers are bonded into position and fit over the front surface of a tooth (like a false fingernail fits over a nail).
You can also have a veneer made from composite (white filling material) which is also known as Cosmetic Bonding, however this is not normally as strong as a Porcelain Veneers and is designed here at McGrath Dental. For more information on Cosmetic Bonding, click here.
As Porcelain Veneers are custom made you can choose the tooth shade you would like, and your dentist/dental technician will select the shape to suit your smile. Some patients may only need one veneer however others choose to have more than one and sometimes a full set of veneers to give a more symmetrical finish (to gain the ‘celebrity smile’).
There are numerous reasons why you may need a veneer/s, for example:
- To close a gap in your teeth
- To disguise a discoloured or chipped tooth
- To align the teeth if one tooth is out of position e.g. sits further forward or backwards than the opposing teeth
- Veneers can help level gum margins, providing a symmetrical smile
- To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede
- Veneers can be made to make teeth look longer or a different shape altogether
How many appointments will I need for a Veneer?
Once it has been agreed within your treatment plan estimate that you require a veneer/s, you will only need to book two further appointments (this is based on one single veneer):
- Preparation appointment, this is when the tooth requiring a Porcelain Veneer/s is prepared by your dentist and an impression is taken of your teeth. The impressions are sent off to the dental laboratory where they will make your veneer/s tailored to your teeth to fit comfortably within your bite.
A temporary veneer will be made at this appointment so that the prepared tooth does not get damaged in between appointments, again this will be tooth coloured.
- Fit appointment, this is normally two to three weeks after your preparation appointment and your final dental laboratory made porcelain veneer is bonded to your prepared tooth.
As with any dental treatment there are risks and over time a veneer may need replacing, you can discuss this with one of our Dentists or Treatment Coordinators if you are considering this type of treatment.