Veneers generally replace just the front surface of a tooth. They are used to enhance a smile without excessive damage to the original dentition. Veneers can make a dark tooth match its neighbours, close an unsightly gap or provide supermodel perfection. There are many materials available but they are generally constructed from ceramic or porcelain. The process is both highly skilled and time-consuming.
Veneers are made of inert materials that do not deteriorate over time. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease. Porcelain can chip or fracture, but this is virtually unheard of with the most modern materials. At St. Oswald’s our ‘superior’ veneers are covered by a 5-year guarantee, (conditions apply).
Daily brushing and flossing are essential to avoid gum disease and decay of the uncovered portion of the tooth.
As always, regular check-ups are essential and will enable your dentist to detect any problems in their early stages.
Veneers are tough restorations but they can be damaged if not treated with care. Cut up hard foods before eating and do not open anything with your teeth, such as crisp packets or bottles, and avoid biting your nails or chewing pencils. In addition to these precautions, make sure you practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly.