Dental veneers are thin “shells” or covers applied to the outside of the teeth and are designed to improve appearance by masking surface defects, discolouration or misalignments.
The special shell, typically made from porcelain, ceramic or composite materials is “glued” to the pre-prepared tooth surface.
The veneering process involves removing a very small amount of the existing tooth surface to create a foundation for the new exterior shell. This ensures that the new coating does not protrude or feel uncomfortable and integrates correctly with the rest of the patient’s teeth.
The procedure usually requires several visits – firstly to prepare the tooth surfaces and place temporary veneers. Subsequent visits are used to modify and refine the temporary veneers to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome. This is then carefully copied by the ceramist when fabricating the permanent veneers, in the laboratory. The final stage involves bonding of the permanent veneers to the teeth.
Veneering is a popular treatment to rapidly achieve a “smile makeover” and enhanced appearance.
Replacement of two veneers on the upper central incisor teeth (click to enlarge)
In this case dental porcelain veneers have been used to improve the appearance of the four upper front teeth (click to enlarge)
In this case palatal composite veneers have been used to restore worn upper front teeth (click to enlarge)
Replacement of veneer on the upper right central incisor tooth (click to enlarge)
Please contact Dr Sharma's team to arrange a dental veneers consultation at his conveniently located practice in Central London.
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