If you are thinking of having dental veneers, our cosmetic dentists recommend veneers for correcting minor chips, widely spaced and discoloured teeth.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, laminates which are fixed over the teeth to conceal imperfections such as discoloured, Worn-out, chipped, and crowded teeth. Each veneer is custom made to size & colour so that they look the same as your natural teeth. This type of cosmetic procedure is minimally invasive and does not involve the removal of the tooth itself, but rather, laminate the veneer to the tooth itself.
If done correctly, using the right materials and technicians, results can be comparable to the natural tooth. For patients who want a cosmetic option to brighten and enhance their smile, we offer teeth whitening along with porcelain veneers at our practice.
This treatment type is generally advised to address aesthetic concerns around your teeth or smile, and can benefit you in the following ways:
At your first meeting, which is a free consultation; we start by listening to your concerns and expectations. We also find out more about your medical history and identify if there are any other oral health issues such as gum health, tooth decay and misalignment of teeth. After understanding your requirements, we develop a bespoke treatment plan for you, and then work with master technicians to craft expertly made veneers for you, resulting in a true smile makeover.
Once you approve the treatment plan, it’s a straightforward procedure that involves two appointments, usually a week apart to place veneers.
Veneers are ultra-thin, laminates which are fixed over the teeth to conceal imperfections such as discoloured, worn out, chipped, and crowded teeth.
It depends on which type of veneer you have, with proper care and attention:
It may last slightly less time if you grind your teeth, although your dentist will spot this before having them in the first place.
A well cared for porcelain veneer can last 10-15 years, and by well cared, we mean to maintain good oral hygiene and avoiding biting down on hard foods like ice, olive pits, nut shells etc.
Composite veneers can last 5-10 years with proper care.
Anybody with healthy gums and teeth in moderately good condition can be the right candidate for getting veneers. Generally, this treatment is not available on NHS unless there is a need for them to improve oral health – there are very few exceptional conditions where they are required for purposes other than aesthetic.
Another thing to bear in mind is although veneers are great for achieving a pleasing smile, they are not a replacement for good oral health.
Veneers are a long-lasting option, however, they are not a permanent option. Porcelain veneers can last for 10-15 years, whereas composite veneers last about 5-10 years.
Another thing to bear in mind is that porcelain veneers are an irreversible process so you must be sure that they are the right treatment for you. Ask yourself why you need this treatment, as there may be other alternatives or combinations available such as composite bonding, Invisalign® or teeth whitening.
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To answer this, we are going to divide the treatment into three clinical stages:
1) Stage 1 – Preparation of teeth: During this stage, we shave 0.5 mm of tooth enamel. It’s a minimally invasive process that is less invasive than preparing your tooth for a crown, although you may experience some soreness in jaws or gums. We use local anaesthetic to ensure your teeth don’t hurt at all, although you may feel the vibration of tools.
2) Stage 2 – Post-preparation: Once the local anaesthetic wears off, the tooth pulp may become inflamed due to the pressures of vibrating tools, which can be uncomfortable. Not everyone senses this discomfort. Placing the temporary veneers does not involve any painful procedure. While you are wearing the temporary veneers, there may be an increased sensitivity to hot & cold – remember this is only momentary and will go away as soon as the final veneers are cemented.
3) Stage 3 – Bonding: The final veneers usually involve little to no discomfort and can be controlled with local anaesthetic/numbing gel. Few people experience sensitivity to hot and cold; however, this fades away in a few days after the treatment. In a few days, they will feel natural, and you may even forget that they are there.
While veneers do not stain as they are non-porous, you should be mindful that your natural teeth can change shade, creating a mismatch of teeth shades. You can overcome this by visiting the hygienist regularly, or with the laser teeth whitening that we carry out in chair at our dental practice in Coulsdon.
Depending on which aspect of your smile that you want to improve, Invisalign® or Quick Straight Teeth can resolve crowded or misaligned teeth. If you want to get rid of minor chips and small gaps in teeth, composite bonding/dental bonding can be a great alternative.