Veneers / Crowns

VeneersA veneer is a thin porcelain restoration which is bonded to the front of your tooth.  Veneers can make discoloured, chipped and mildly crowded teeth look healthy and natural.  They can be used to close small gaps between teeth.

What is involved?
A very small amount of the enamel surface of the tooth is removed to make space for the thin veneer.  An impression is taken so that the veneer can be made by a specialised ceramic technician.  In a second visit the veneer is bonded to the tooth by a dental adhesive which can be adjusted to achieve optimum colour match with your adjacent teeth.

How long will it last?
Veneers can last for many years but just like your own teeth they can chip or fracture.  They can be repaired if the chips are small.

A crown or a ‘cap’ is a restoration which is made of all-porcelain or porcelain bonded to precious metal and is cemented over your prepared tooth to restore its appearance and function.  It usually involves two visits to prepare the tooth and take an impression and fitting the crown on the second visit.

Why are crowns used?
Crowns are normally used to restore teeth that are heavily filled and discoloured.  They improve the appearance of your tooth and help protect the remaining tooth from fracturing.

Will the crown be noticeable?
The crown is made to match in with your adjacent teeth.  It should look and feel similar to your own teeth.

How long will it last?
With proper care it should last 5-20 years or more.