A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour 'composite' material is used instead of porcelain.

Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of 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 (usually the upper ones) 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 fitted to bring it into line with the others.

What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond (rather like super-glue) very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
What about alternatives?
A natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This is excellent where the tooth supports the filling, but may not work so well for broken tooth corners. There will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material.
Crowns are used for teeth that need to be strengthened – either because they have broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.

Case Study

Two upper porcelain veneers to fill the spaces and restore a beautiful smile.

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After photo
Dear Alison, Just wanted to send a quick email to thank you for the work that you did on my teeth and for making me feel confident to smile again. I was with a group of people the other day and talk turned to teeth. This would have made me want to get up and leave before I came to see you. But I sat there and smiled and someone said "You've got nice teeth". A simple comment but one that kept me smiling, because I never thought anyone would ever say that about my teeth! Many thanks for your professional, efficient service, and the excellent advice and treatment that I received. Wish I had come to you years ago!
Patient J.H.