Do you want a straight, sparkling, attractive smile without having to wait? Veneers could be the cosmetic dentistry treatment for you.
The word ‘veneer’ originates from the French root word ‘fournir,’ which means ‘to furnish.’
The veneer furnishes your tooth with a thin plastic or porcelain covering which is attached to the surface of the teeth, giving your teeth a new and improved appearance.
Generally, veneers are used for cosmetic purposes rather than as a tool for repairing damaged or decayed teeth.
Their main purpose is to improve the appearance of your teeth, although in some cases veneers can make the teeth stronger and in turn improve the functioning and health of the teeth.
Veneers can quickly and easily correct a range of cosmetic issues, and we often recommend them as part of a smile makeover.
Veneers can correct the shape, length, and the colour of a tooth, and they can even disguise gaps between the teeth.
During the process of fitting a dental veneer, a small amount of tooth enamel will be scraped from the tooth surface to allow space for attaching the dental veneer.
Veneers can be fitted to one single tooth or multiple teeth at the same time.
Dental veneers are personalised and will be manufactured to match the size and the colour of your teeth, so nothing stands out and your smile appears natural.
There are two main types of veneers. They can be made from a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin and cover the entire front surface of teeth:
These are engineered resin affixed to the outer surface of the tooth.
Composite dental veneers are more affordable, although often less natural-looking and long-lasting than porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain adhered to the outer surface of the tooth.
Both are made to match your teeth (or whiten) and improve your overall smile.
Fitting a veneer typically takes place across two appointments for porcelain veneers, while ceramic veneers can be completed in a just one appointment. Book now.
At the first appointment, your dentist will remove about half a millimetre of enamel from the surface of your tooth to create the ideal surface for bonding the veneer and a little extra space in your mouth to ensure your veneers don’t feel bulky or uncomfortable.
During your second visit to the practice, we will fit the veneers. We cement them into place using a special adhesive, then the cement is hardened using an ultraviolet light.
How long your veneers last will depends both on the material you choose and how well you care for them.
The most popular material is porcelain, which can last for 10 to 15 years with the proper care.
If you want to get the most out of your new veneers, proper aftercare is essential.
Fortunately, caring for your porcelain veneers does not require a lot if you already have a solid in oral hygiene routine in place!
Proper brushing and flossing are crucial. If you fail to properly care for your teeth, this could lead to serious dental issues including decay or gum disease.
When it comes to porcelain veneers aftercare, knowing what not do is just as important as knowing what to do.
Firstly, patients should never use their teeth (whether natural or veneers) as tools.
Although sometimes it can be tempting to use your teeth to open or cut something, this can compromise the integrity of the veneers and could lead to premature damage.
Patients should also avoid chewing on pens, pencils, and ice. Those who habitually bite their nails should find ways to reduce this habit if they want to keep their veneers in the best condition they can.
If you are unhappy with your teeth or want to reshape your smile but don’t like the idea of veneers, we offer several alternative options including:
We offer veneer treatments at our Surrey-based cosmetic dentist practice.
At The Gentle Dental, we tailor our treatment plans to best suit our patients and we are committed to providing these treatments in a relaxing and comfortable environment.
Veneers can be a solution for both aesthetic and oral health problems, and we promise you will leave our practice feeling much more confident about your teeth and smile.
If you would like to learn more about dental veneers or find out what alternative treatments we offer, please get in contact and Dr Ali Rifai will be able to provide you with more information.
Contact us on 020 8224 7562 to discuss how veneers can transform your smile.
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