Dental Veneer Essex

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is fitted over the front of a tooth to improve the colour, shape, position or size.

Why would I need a veneer?

This might be necessary where a tooth is discoloured or chipped, where there are gaps between your teeth or where they do not look straight.
Veneers can produce dramatic improvements in appearance while very little tooth material is removed and you usually won't even need anaesthetic.

What is the procedure for veneers?

Your dentist will remove a little of the outer enamel of the tooth so that the veneer will bond securely in place.
Next, your dentist will take an "impression" (ie make a mould) of your teeth.
The impression and shade information are passed to a specialist dental laboratory which will build it.
About a week or two after your first appointment your dentist will see you to fit the new veneer using a special bonding agent.

Are there any alternatives to veneers?

Yes. Your dentist might be able to use a crown or a composite filling .
Whether these are suitable depends on the condition of the tooth.
If veneers are being considered to correct uneven teeth or teeth that do not look straight, orthodontic treatment may be an alternative: we have arrangements to refer orthodontic cases to a specialist.

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