Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 January 2021



What are they?

A veneer is a thin layer of tooth coloured material that is put in front of your tooth to make it look better. The tooth might have been damaged by decay of an accident, or be discoloured.

What will my dentist do?

While you are with your dentist, some veneers are built up on the tooth directly using white filling material. The tooth might have been damaged by decay or by accident, or it might be discoloured.

  • The fillings in your teeth will be checked first.
  • It may not be necessary to numb the tooth as very little preparation is needed, just enough to prevent the veneer feeling bulky.
  • In surgery veneers will be made with a white filling to be applied till the teeth look right. That is after the surface of the tooth has been roughened by a mild acid.
  • For a veneer to be made by a dental technician, this will involve the dentist taking an impression to begin with. This show the technician how the teeth bite together as well as the shape and the size of the veneer that's needed.
  • On the next visit to the dentist, they will glue the veneer to the tooth.

If the tooth is knocked sometimes the veneer comes away from the tooth or breaks. These can be glued back on or replaced if needed.

What are the benefits?

  • Appearance can be greatly improved by veneers. They hide imperfections and you lose very little of the natural tooth.
  • Veneers will protect the teeth from any more damage. For example, the acids in foods and drink or the stomach can cause the teeth to wear away. The teeth become thin and weak but veneers can protect them.
  • If the tooth is strong, a veneer is often a better option than a crown for improving a tooths appearance.