Would you like to improve the look of a damaged or discoloured tooth with minimal work and preparation? Perhaps you would like to straighten or align a slightly crooked tooth (or teeth) without the use of orthodontics? If so, a dental veneer is an ideal way to quickly, safely and comfortably cover any imperfect teeth allowing you to gain a natural looking attractive smile with the minimum of fuss. A dental veneer is a thin layer of manufactured material which is placed over the front surface of a tooth. Veneers can be used to dramatically change the appearance (including the size, shape, colour and position) of many different teeth. They are usually placed on the front upper and lower teeth. The process is quick and comfortable and requires very little preparation time. We make use of only the best quality, natural-looking materials including porcelain and composite to ensure a truly beautiful result you will love.
How do veneers work?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over the existing teeth. Modern veneers require very little preparation of the underlying tooth structure, so they are excellent for protecting and maintaining natural teeth. Veneers can be used to make teeth look straighter and whiter. They can also conceal gaps, chips, cracks, discolouration, uneven edges and thinning enamel.
If you don’t feel 100% confident with your smile, veneers offer a fast and effective way to achieve a stunning transformation. This makes it the ideal treatment choice before a special occasion such as your wedding day or graduation. If you want to feel more confident with your smile, veneers offer a quick and simple solution.
Who is a good candidate for veneers?
You could be an ideal candidate for veneers if you have minor imperfections in your smile that you would like to conceal. If you have gaps, chips, cracks, discolouration or uneven edges in your teeth, veneers could offer a way to achieve a straighter, whiter and more even smile.
Before getting started with this treatment, we’ll need to check that you have healthy teeth and gums. This will improve your chances of success and ensure that your oral health is maintained.
How long do veneers last?
With proper care, veneers can last for many years. However, as they are a cosmetic treatment, they may need to be replaced or adjusted over time. We will always aim to achieve long-lasting results, but we will also provide you with advice on how to take care of your veneers to help them last for as long as possible.
You’ll need to follow our aftercare advice to help protect your veneers from damage. Since they are made from porcelain, they will be at risk of chipping or cracking. Eating certain foods can increase the risk of this happening. Habits like chewing ice can also damage your porcelain veneer.
Veneers Glasgow – what is involved?
Each patient is different and the length of time required to fit your veneer will depend on your personal circumstances. Normally, we would fit a veneer in around two appointments although this can take longer if you are having more than one fitted.
At your initial visit, your tooth (or teeth) will be prepared. We will need to remove a tiny amount of enamel in order to create space for the veneer to fit on the top of the tooth. This will ensure it sits flush with the existing teeth blending in and feeling just the same as the others. When your tooth is ready, we will take a digital scan of it so that your veneer can be custom-made for you. It will be carefully colour matched to your other teeth.
Your brand new veneer will be checked for fit. Once you are happy, it will be attached to the front surface of your teeth with a dental adhesive. It may be necessary for you to attend a follow up visit around a week afterwards to check you are happy and that it has indeed stuck securely.
Looking after your veneers
As it is made from a strong and durable material your veneer should last for many years. It’s important to take care of it- be aware of foods and other habits that could potentially damage it. A veneer can be easily chipped or broken by eating very hard foods or chewing fingernails and pens. If it starts to feel loose at any time please contact us straight away.
Smile design veneers – Glasgow
These are bespoke veneers which are made with minimal preparation to the teeth. We use our 3D scanner to take a scan of the teeth which is emailed to the dental laboratory. The ceramist then designs the veneers and makes a mould of them which the dentist uses to try on your teeth in acrylic form. You can wear these temporaries for a period before returning to discuss any changes you would like made. An additional benefit of the template is that it will be used to show the dentist where minimal amounts of enamel need to be removed to get the optimal result. This significantly reduces the drilling required and so is less destructive than the traditional method of veneer preparation. After you are happy we proceed to having the final porcelain veneers made which are then fitted permanently by the dentist.