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Dental Veneers

A Dental Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is made to fit over the front surface of a tooth—in a similar fashion to how a false nail is fit over a natural fingernail.

A veneer is essentially designed to change your tooth’s shape, size and colour.

When Might You Need a Veneer?

They are often used in the following situations:

  • If you have gaps between your teeth – veneers can be used to close small gaps when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. A veneer can also be used to bring a tooth that is slightly out of position into alignment with the others.
  • When your teeth are irregularly shaped
  • Where your teeth are broken or chipped – The thin porcelain layer covers the entirety of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the damaged part.
  • If your teeth have become discoloured – This can happen from procedures such as root canals or fillings. Veneers of precisely determined shades of porcelain are used to improve the appearance of a single discoloured or stained tooth, or to brighten the front teeth, particularly the upper ones.

Dental Veneers Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from clients of Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick in relation to Dental Veneers.

Natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This is excellent where the tooth supports the filling, but may not work so well for broken tooth corners. There will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material. Crowns are used for teeth that need to be strengthened—either because they are broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.
Veneers should last for many years, but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Your dentist will tell you how long each individual veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.