Veneers are wafer-thin laminates of tooth coloured material which are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. The commonly used analogy is that dental veneers are for your teeth what false fingernails are for your hands. They require the front tooth surface to be shaved off to accommodate the new veneer which is then bonded to the prepared tooth surface.
There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:
- Stained teeth - badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers, which function to cover any existing stains on your teeth
- Damaged teeth - teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding, as well as those that have been chipped or broken, can benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can quickly be repaired with composite bonding, also known as "composite veneers". A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colour as you natural teeth
- Gaps - if spaces or diastemas between your teeth can’t be can easily be closed using composite bonding techniques then dental veneers are a good option to give you a more uniform-looking smile
- Crooked teeth - For severely crooked teeth an orthodontic appliance such as the Inman Aligner is often a better solution in terms of a more permanent result and preserving healthy tooth tissue. However, for teeth which are not severely crooked, veneers can be placed over their front surface and will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as instant orthodontics as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time
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