Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Dental veneers are an important tool in cosmetic dentistry. They can be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
Each case is different and your dentist will assess what is best for you. Veneers are in reality partial crowns and in some situations a fair amount of tooth structure needs to be removed to get the ideal result.
How long will veneers last?
- Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break, just like your own teeth can.
- Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.
- Veneers should be looked after in the same way as your natural teeth, keeping them clean by brushing and flossing.
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