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What are Dental Veneers?

Understanding Dental Veneers

In short, veneers are an additional layer of material that is placed over the surface of an existing tooth. Having veneers fitted is a cosmetic procedure that is meant to improve the aesthetics of your smile. As such, they can be fitted singularly or on multiple teeth at the same time as part of your smile makeover.


When Would I Need Veneers?


If you have one or more broken, gappy, crooked or otherwise suboptimal teeth, veneers may be the solution for you. By bonding to the surface of your existing teeth, they enhance the look and feel of your smile while complementing your existing features.


Veneers Throughout History


The veneer process is constantly evolving. They’ve been around for nearly 100 years and have changed dramatically during that time. They were invented in 1928 as prosthetics used in film shoots and have gradually improved ever since.


The first veneers were temporary due to the lack of adhesive technology at the time. Throughout the decades, they’ve become more and more durable – as well as more customisable to the individual patient.


Are Veneers Permanent? 


Using advanced dentistry methods, contemporary veneers can last a lifetime with proper care. Porcelain veneers look and act like real teeth and are bonded to your existing teeth for long-lasting results. 


Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers


The most important distinction to make between composite and porcelain veneers is that composite veneers tend to have much shorter lifespans. While they require minimal preparation, their results aren’t as robust as porcelain veneers.


Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are made from extremely thin porcelain to resemble the surface of real teeth more closely. Your dentist will take a digital impression of your smile and your veneers will be crafted using a state-of-the-art milling machine. It’s even possible for the whole process to be completed in a single visit!


What to Expect During Your Veneer Fitting


When it comes to having your veneers fitted, let’s explore the process as it occurs at Aviva Dentistry in St. Albans. Thanks to the world-renowned method pioneered by Dr Julian Caplan, a full set of veneers can be fitted in just one day.






Before the treatment, your dentist will discuss with you whether it’s necessary to remove a small layer of an existing tooth to allow the veneers to fit perfectly. The entire process will be explained to level out any doubt.


Digital Scan and Veneer Construction


Thereafter, a full scan of your smile will be captured and used by your dentist to design veneers that complement your existing teeth and your face. Once this has been completed, the blueprint is sent to an advanced milling machine that constructs your veneers.


The Fitting – Say Hello to Your New Smile!


Once the veneers have been crafted, your dentist will bond them to your teeth, and that’s it!


Being able to achieve a new smile in a day will allow your dentist to create veneers that perfectly compliment your face, unlike veneers that are gradually produced over weeks without being able to reference the patient in person. 

Achieve an Enhanced Smile with Aviva’s Pioneering Veneer Treatment


If you’re ready for a convenient and world-class veneer treatment, we would love to hear from you. Contact us today to explore your options and book a consultation with one of our specialists.

You can also find out more about us and meet the team to get a deeper feel for how we work and what sets us apart.

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