What are Veneers?
A veneer is a very thin laminate of ceramic material which is bonded (glued) onto the front of a tooth to improve the appearance of the tooth. Eg covering a badly discoloured tooth.
This technique is used mainly on the front teeth but can be used for all teeth.
The veneer can be bonded directly onto the tooth with no drilling but some surface material might have to be drilled away first to allow the fitting of the veneer without it looking and feeling too bulky.
Can anyone have veneers?
Veneers are great for improving the appearance of your front teeth. They can be used for a single tooth or multiple teeth and are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth.They are ideal If you have a discoloured tooth or intrinsic staining, ie staining which does not come off with routine scaling. A veneer is also ideal if you have a tooth or teeth which are not straight and which may slope backwards or sit behind the neighbouring teeth. In this way the veneer adds bulk to the tooth and can bring the tooth in line with the other teeth.
This picture shows an ideal veneer case; the discoloured tooth can be ‘straightened up’ and the discolouration covered up. There are some cases where a veneer may not be advised;
– Heavily filled teeth, ie teeth with big fillings in it already would not be strong enough to support a veneer.
– Protrusive teeth, ie teeth that stick out, would tend to look more protrusive with veneers.
– Teeth grinding. is another situation where veneers are not advised. Veneers are delicate and metal free and will easily break if you grind or clench your teeth. You may not be aware that you are grinding or clenching your teeth but your dentist will usually be able to tell and can advise you of treatment options for this. However veneers are not the best kind of treatment in this case.
Advantages and disadvantages of veneers
The advantage of a veneer over a crown is that much less of the tooth needs to be removed, if any, before the veneer is fitted. This means that it is much less destructive for the tooth. The disadvantage is that veneers have a tendency to fall off much more frequently than crowns.
It can be hard to decide the best course of treatment so ask your dentist for professional advice.
In the right situation veneers can produce marvellous results but take advise from your dentist for the best treatment plan for you.
If you are considering getting veneers contact Andersson Dental Care for advice.