Dental Veneers

What are veneers?


Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain ceramic which are precisely fabricated by a dental laboratory for each individual tooth and are cemented to the outside of the tooth to act as a facing. Porcelain veneers are likened to a ‘false finger nail’ fitting over a nail.


What can be achieved with veneers?


Like false finger nails, porcelain veneers can be used to change the shape and size of the teeth, as well as change the colour. Adapting closely to the teeth, the veneers can be used to close gaps and repair broken or worn teeth.


Will my veneers break?

The porcelain veneers which Dr James Bough uses are extremely strong; the properties which they possess mean that they are actually stronger than the enamel, which is the outer structure of the natural tooth.


How long will my veneer last for?


Porcelain veneers look their best for approximately 10-15 years, at which point the margins may become visible and they may have lost their lustre. If they are well maintained, it will improve the chances that they will look as good as possible, for as long as possible.


What is the procedure for veneers?


To ensure that Dr James Bough carries out treatment to the highest of standards he emphasises the importance of carrying out the planning stages first, to ensure that the desired end result is achieved.


The key phases of treatment are:

  • Initial aesthetic consultation and treatment plan
  • Impressions for wax up and diagnostic models
  • Review to discuss the 3D wax up and talk through the design with the patient
  • Prepare the teeth, take impressions and cement temporary restorations
  • Review the temporaries – for shape, size and comfort
  • Fit the final veneers
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  • Long term maintenance


By phasing treatment in this way, it ensures that both Dr James Bough and the patient understand the process fully and what is happening at each stage.  This is extremely important, to ensure that the final end result is fully planned and Dr James Bough can fully achieve the patients perfect smile.