Veneers are thin shells of porcelain made to fit over the front of a person’s natural tooth/teeth to ultimately improve their appearance.
Veneers can be used to correct uneven teeth and teeth which are discolored and therefore they are a popular choice among those wanting to change the appearance of their teeth.
Whilst veneers are a good way to improve a person’s smile, they do not last a lifetime and will require replacing.
Dental veneers consist of thin, customized, tooth-colored coverings that qualified dentists bond to the outer surface of teeth. Dental veneers can correct problems related to the color, length, size and shape of teeth when properly constructed and attached. Like any medical or dental procedure, sometimes problems occur, often due to characteristics of the veneer, your teeth and your dentist's decisions during the procedure.
Veneers are not always a perfect solution. As a dental negligence lawyer I have spoken with clients who have experienced the following problems:
– Gum/mouth infections can occur if the veneers that are fitted are too large. If there is overhang from the veneer, bacteria can develop and cause an infection, along with soreness of the gums and swelling.
– Sensitive teeth, if too much enamel is removed during the preparation procedure, teeth can become sensitive and cause discomfort.
– A person may experience problems with their bite.
All of these problems should be considered by a dentist when advising on veneers, and treatment should only proceed after a proper assessment and the patient receiving adequate advice, including in relation to possible alternative treatment that could be available.