What are Veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin lamintates or shells of tooth-coloured material (which can be either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material). They are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.

 

What treatments or problems are veneers used for?  

There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:  

Stained teeth - badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or polishing treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers, which function to cover any existing stains on your teeth.  

Damaged teeth - teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or by carbonated drinks, as well as those that have been chipped or broken, can benefit from veneers.  

Gaps - spaces or gaps (diastemas) between your teeth can easily be  closed using dental veneers, giving you a more uniform-looking smile.  

Crooked teeth - Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth, and from the point of view of preserving your natural teeth structure, orthodontics or Invisalign braces would probably a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to eighteen months. For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as "instant orthodontics", as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.