Veneers are used to make discoloured, chipped, broken or misaligned teeth look healthy and attractive and leave you with a confident smile again.

They are wafer-thin, custom-made shells individually designed to cover the front surface of teeth which they are bonded to with strikingly transformative effects, changing their colour, shape, size or length.

Tewkesbury Dental’s principal dentist Dr Ruparelia is experienced at applying cosmetic veneers and also uses them to fix uneven, irregularly shaped teeth and close unattractive gaps. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can also sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.

How it works

Porcelain veneers resist stains better than their resin counterparts and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth, and are therefore the superior cosmetic treatment option. Resin veneers are thinner however, and so have the advantage of requiring the removal of less of the tooth surface before they are fixed in place.

Some of the enamel surface of the tooth may be removed as preparation, although the amount removed is tiny – equal to the thickness of the veneer itself – so the tooth remains exactly the same size.

Once the tooth has been prepared, Dr Ruparelia will take an impression of it for his dental technician to build the veneer and the colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide so the veneer will look natural.

A veneer takes at least two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. The tooth will look very much the same after preparation but will feel slightly less smooth and in some cases it may be necessary to wear a temporary veneer in between visits. Before bonding the permanent veneer in place with a powerful adhesive, Dr Ruparelia will place it on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it.

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