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What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material that is put onto the front of the tooth to improve its appearance. This is done because the tooth might have been damaged by decay or an accident, or might be badly discoloured for some reason.

Why would I need a veneer?

Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth or to lighten front teeth generally. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fi tted to bring it into line with the others.

What are the benefi ts?

Veneers can greatly improve your appearance. They hide imperfections, and you lose very little natural tooth material. Veneers also protect teeth from any more damage. Tooth surface can be dissolved away by acid in the mouth (usually from too frequent consumption of certain kinds of food and drink), which can make teeth very sensitive to hot and cold. In this situation, veneers can protect the teeth. If the tooth is strong, a veneer is often a better option than a crown for improving a tooth’s appearance