Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which look rather like fingernails and are stuck onto teeth to close gaps and change the colour, shape and position of the teeth. A very small amount of the tooth surface must be ground off to make sure the tooth doesn’t appear too bulky. The result is a fabulous smile!

The procedure takes generally two to three visits. In the first, the tooth or teeth are ground to prepare for the veneers, and a mold of the mouth is taken. Temporary veneers may also be placed. Often no anaesthetic is needed during this visit.

During the second visit two or three weeks later, the veneers are applied. We ask patients not to drink alcohol or consume very hot or cold food or drinks for 24 hours following the insertion of the veneers, to allow the cement to fully mature. Additional visits will only be needed if you or we are not happy with the veneers in any way.

Veneers are less susceptible to staining than normal teeth, and can last between seven and ten years. Care is needed when eating and a splint or night-guard is advised if you grind your teeth in your sleep. If they fracture, they can be redone, or we can look at placing a crown.