A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. It is is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.

Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth or to lighten front teeth (usually the upper ones) generally.

Veneers should last for many years, but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.

Veneers for a gap between teeth (Diastema)

A diastema is a space or ‘gap’ between teeth – very often your front teeth. This is very common in children and is part of their normal dental development. About 50% of children between the ages of 6 and 8 have these. Most of these spaces close naturally as the mouth and teeth develop. In some cases this gap does not close naturally and a dentists advice is sought.

A gap between children’s teeth often causes concern. It can have an effect on speech – making ‘s;’ sounds difficult to pronounce, aesthetics, balance and social behaviour. It is often more important to treat the cause of the diastema, rather than simply focusing on correcting the gap, however we will be able to advise you on the recommended treatment.

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