If you are conscious about your teeth being wonky, chipped or discoloured, you might be interested in getting dental veneers. This treatment is on the rise here at Pure Smiles dental practice in Fulham Road and New Kings Road. Dental Veneers are custom-made shells bonded to the teeth to enhance their shape, colour or size. Veneers can solve a lot of problems. This guide aims to help you find out whether veneers are the best option for getting the smile you deserve.
What are dental veneers?
Many people opt for dental veneers for a variety of reasons. Veneers provide people with their desired appearance without having to go through major treatment. Implants, for example are a much more strenuous treatment as it involves replacing teeth. Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can be used on a single tooth or a larger number. The key thing to remember is they simply cover the teeth and do not address any underlying problems. However, they are very natural-looking and made from porcelain or composite. Porcelain veneers are usually the preferred option if there is more damage to the teeth whereas composite veneers are ideal for fixing misaligned, slightly damaged teeth.
The team at Pure Smiles will be happy to chat through your options and answer any questions you might have. Your dentist will be able to determine whether veneers are right for you. It might be the case that you would benefit more from having Invisalign braces instead.
Before the dental veneer is attached, your dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to allow enough space. The piece of porcelain is simply used to re-create the natural look of teeth. Veneers are durable and can last up to twenty years, depending on the material and type. They right veneers can be a quick way to a great smile.
When are they used in dentistry?
Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces. They can be used to correct misaligned teeth and remove gaps. This treatment is designed for adults and not recommended for younger patients, due to the fact some enamel must be removed. Veneers can be used to alter the shape of teeth that are too small or short. They can also repair chipped teeth, change tooth colour and repair any damage caused by teeth grinding. Medically known as bruxism, people who grind their teeth can wear away the enamel. Veneers can cover the area and protect the teeth from sensitivity.
How do veneers work?
The process of applying dental veneers differ depending patients’ personal requirements. For example, your dentist will be able to complete your veneers in as little as three days if a simple change in tooth colour is what you require. But when it comes to covering a chipped tooth or correcting misalignment, the process can take longer. Your dentist will need time to plan and find a solution you’re happy with.
Porcelain veneers are created by lab technicians and can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks. However, composite veneers require no lab work, so these are shaped by the dentist in-house. Before veneers are fitted, your dentist will take photos and create an impression of your teeth. An x-ray of your mouth also might be necessary for a clearer image of your teeth. Your dentist will always give you full details of the treatment before it begins. As there are no nerves in the enamel, the process should not be painful.
When choosing dental veneers, it ultimately comes down to how much damage there is to your teeth. Once your veneers are bonded to your teeth, it’s important you maintain good oral hygiene and have regular dental check-ups. Veneers can chip or come off, so you must be extra careful when chewing.
At Pure Smiles, we offer quality dental veneers treatment. We’re a dentist for private, emergency and NHS care. Our practices are at 750a Fulham Road and 257 New King Road SW6. If you believe you could benefit from veneers, please contact us on 0203 613 4742. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.