Veneers are a thin porcelain facing (much like a false finger nail) for the front surface of anterior teeth. As they are thin and held to the tooth with a strong bond, it means that the minimum amount of preparation is needed on the tooth. Only removing a small amount of the front surface of the tooth, and a small amount off the tip is required.
Veneers can be made for stained, chipped or misaligned front teeth and will give the result of a good life-like tooth. They can improve the colour and shape of the front teeth and also can close small gaps if orthodontic work is not suitable.
Making a veneer is a two visit procedure, unless we use the Cerec technique. At the first visit, the tooth is prepared, and impressions are taken. A temporary veneer, made from a plastic material is then made if need be. The impressions and shade are sent off to the laboratory and two weeks later the veneer is returned.
A second appointment is then needed to fit the veneer, unless made using the Cerec technique.