What is a veneer?
it is a thin section of porcelain which is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. It can be used
- to improve the colour or shape of a tooth
- to restore a tooth which has lost a corner(s) due to trauma
- To close gaps in between teeth
The technician can create very natural looking veneers using the Empress system which has good translucent properties and mimics the natural tooth.
What does it involve?
First the tooth is assessed for suitability. Like all adhesive restorations, there needs to be enough sound enamel or dentine to bond to. The tooth is minimally prepared ( less than 1mm is removed from the front aspect of the tooth) and an imprint is taken to send to the lab. You will be given a temporary veneer to wear during the next two weeks, then the porcelain veneer is fitted.
Is it painful?
The tooth may first be made numb with a local anaesthetic. It should feel no different to having a normal filling done.
How long will it last?
The porcelain itself is very stable, but the tooth beneath is still subject to normal risk factors for decay or gum problems. If your diet is good and you maintain good oral hygiene then veneers may last up to 10 years or more.
Is there an alternative?
Crowns can perform the same job but are much more destructive to the tooth.