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Veneers

Veneers

Do you know that you can get a quick and effective solution for your stained, chipped or broken teeth? With the help of veneers, you can restore your teeth to a near-perfect state.

Veneers are thin moulding materials that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They are usually custom-made from porcelain, but they can also be made from other materials like resin. Veneers are a quick and effective solution to chipped, broken or stained teeth and can also cover up gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not really be suitable. Veneers are part of dental cosmetic treatment, and they cover only the front part of the teeth. They mimic the shape, colour and size of your teeth, making it easy to create a very natural look. To give the right colour, a precise shade of porcelain can be used to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth. Find out more about veneers by contacting us at Smile Clinic London.

Benefits of veneers

The benefits of veneers include the following;

  • The colour of the porcelain material can be selected to match your teeth or to make your teeth appear whiter. The porcelain finish also mimics the light reflecting qualities of natural teeth, and this helps you to achieve a brighter and more natural-looking smile
  • Veneers provide a natural finish and offer a long-lasting cosmetic solution for chipped, misshapen or discoloured teeth
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and are also more durable than composite bonding. If it is well taken care of, it can last for many years
  • Veneers offer a more gentle approach to altering a tooth’s shape and colour than crowns. With veneers, only a small amount of enamel has to be removed to fit the veneer, yet they still offer similar strength and natural-looking results

Downsides to having veneers

Like every other thing, there are downsides to its benefits. The downsides to having veneers include the following;

  • It is an irreversible procedure, meaning that they are considered a long term solution to imperfect teeth. It also means that once they have been fitted, they cannot be removed anymore. It can also take a few weeks to get used to them after they have been fitted
  • In some cases, patients experience increased sensitivity after having veneers fitted
  • In some cases as well, the structure and shape of your teeth will have to be changed by the dentist so that the outer layer of enamel is removed and the veneers can be applied

This is why you need to think through your options carefully and make the right decision for your dental problem. If you have any concerns or worries, you can always speak to us at Smile Clinic London.

What are the possible alternatives to veneers?

There are other alternative options to veneers, and they include the following;

  • Crowns: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the entire visible portion of the tooth. It feels and functions just the same way as a normal tooth, and you can choose to have a porcelain crown that will be virtually the same as your natural teeth
  • Composite bonding: This is a fast and non-invasive procedure that can be completed in just one single dental appointment. In this method, a composite resin is attached to the tooth to restore its natural shape and colour
  • Orthodontics: This is an advanced dental procedure whereby fixed or removable braces are used to straighten misaligned teeth and close gaps in between teeth. Advanced orthodontics means that the braces are almost invisible to others.

How are veneers fitted?

Before veneers are fitted, you will have to schedule a consultation with your dentist to ensure that veneers are right for you. When that has been settled, your tooth will then be prepared to hold the veneer, and this involves taking off a thin layer of enamel so that the veneer can be attached properly to your tooth. Although the procedure should not be painful, you may be given a local anaesthetic as a precaution.

The dentist will proceed by taking an impression of your mouth so that a bespoke veneer can be created just for you. While the veneer is being prepared, a temporary veneer may be placed over your tooth. When the veneer is ready, it will be attached to your teeth and adjusted as necessary before it is permanently secured in place.

Caring for your veneers

Your veneers should be cared for the same way you would care for your normal teeth. Although your gums may feel a little sore after the procedure, know that it is perfectly normal and will settle down after a few days. The veneers can last for days with regular care that involves brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments. Contact us at Smile Clinic London for more helpful information on veneers.