Not all of us are happy with the way our teeth look. Maybe one of them is discoloured or chipped or perhaps it’s slightly crooked. Although the tooth may well be healthy, the way it looks can make us really self-conscious. Your dentist can help by applying something called a veneer.

A dental veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material – usually porcelain – which the dentist attaches to the damaged or discoloured tooth. Once it’s been attached, it will look just as natural as your other teeth.

Applying the veneer is a relatively simple procedure and can be done in a couple of visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will remove a tiny amount of the tooth’s surface so that when the veneer is applied it doesn’t feel bulky and uncomfortable. An impression will then be taken – so that the veneer will match the size and shape of the rest of your teeth. On your second visit, the newly-made veneer, constructed by a dental technician will be stuck on with special glue.

Veneers can also be made out of the same material that makes white fillings. Your dentist will simply apply a small amount of acid to your tooth to make it a rougher surface and then gradually add layers of filling material to get the right look for you.