What is a Veneer?
A veneer is a thin, custom-made layer of a dental material designed to fit over the front of a prepared tooth to restore or improve the aesthetics of the tooth. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite materials which are then coloured to match the existing shade of the other teeth. Developed in the early 1980s with continual developments in porcelain and resin technology veneers can now be made as thin as 0.2mm.Veneers are designed to make teeth look natural and healthy, and being very thin and held in place by a special strong bond, very minimal preparation of the tooth is required.Teeth that have become discoloured, crooked or worn, chipped or damaged through an accident or decay can be rejuvenated simply and quickly. Veneers are one of the most durable, aesthetic and reliable forms of dental restorations available and can last for many years. Veneers can also enhance the appearance of existing crowns and bridges without the need for anaesthetic or drilling.