What are they?
These are very thin shells of custom crafted porcelain permanently bonded to the surface of a tooth. They are used to change the appearance of a tooth, often to correct the colour, shape or alignment. Unlike crowns they do not require large amounts of tooth to be removed.
What types of veneer are available?
Porcelain veneers have a more natural looking appearance and are stronger and longer wearing than the composite alternative.
Composite veneers do not last as long but are cheaper and are more suited to small chips.
What are they key benefits?
- A terrific smile in 2 visits
- Much less tooth preparation needed than for crowns
What are the risks?
- For this type of treatment we must point out that once tooth substance has been removed it cannot be put back and is regarded as an irreversible treatment. Occasionally the amount of tooth reduction may be such that the nerve inside the tooth may die and need to be root filled after the treatment is completed. The risk of this complication is around 5-10%