Should I get veneers to improve my teeth?

Many people who idolise Hollywood stars and celebrities want to copy their look and achieve the same flawless smiles that are displayed in the media; whereas you may have been under the impression that this kind of treatment is for the rich and famous only, there are actually plenty of affordable options that could help you get the smile you have always wanted. Veneers can be used to treat numerous dental problems and can provide a perfectly straight, white smile in just a matter of weeks, so you won’t have to wait for costly orthodontics to do the job instead.

If you are serious about getting this type of cosmetic treatment, the first thing to do is to speak to a reputable dentist about the condition of your teeth, to see what the best options are for your problems. If you live in the Kingston area of London you should contact the Pearl Dental Clinic; this surgery can provide all different types of veneer and also several finance options to help with payment if you need it.

Let’s take a look at how veneers are used with cosmetic dental treatment;

How can veneers improve my teeth?

Veneers are essentially a form of disguise that can be used to cover up a multitude of dental problems and create the appearance of a perfectly straight, white set of teeth that are in proportion with the rest of the facial features. They are great for treating teeth that are badly-spaced, too big or too small, or discoloured to the point where they don’t respond to whitening treatment in a noticeable way.

There are basically two types of veneer;

Porcelain – This is probably the most popular kind of veneer because it can be used to create a strong, natural-looking set of teeth that should last for around ten years before signs of wear and tear will become evident. There are also new designs that are made from stronger ceramic material that could last for fifteen years or longer in great condition – although they are not suitable in every case. Porcelain veneers have to be fitted over teeth that have been reduced in size, which means that the process is essentially irreversible and some form of veneer will be required for the foreseeable future.

Composite – Although they are used less frequently than the porcelain variety, composite veneers can still achieve a perfect set of teeth that is natural in appearance and can cover up dental problems effectively. The biggest difference between the two products is that composite veneers are made from the malleable substance that is more commonly used in treatment of cavities and also to rebuild teeth after they have suffered enamel damage. This material is known as composite resin and it can be layered over the natural teeth to give them a better colour, size, and shape. You should be made aware that this kind of veneer is not as durable as porcelain and is prone to staining after three or four years, so you will need to undergo further treatment in the future.

At your first consultation, your dentist should make you aware that no type of veneer is going to last forever, so you will have to think about the financial implications of this and whether you would like to have treatment that is irreversible. If possible, it might be a good idea to get a thinner veneer that does not require too much tooth remodelling, that way you can always have the laminates removed if you decide to go back to your natural teeth – you will not be left with unsightly pegs due to enamel reduction. 

How are dental veneers fitted?

To fit porcelain veneers, the dentist will first have to shave away some areas of the enamel to make sure that the laminates can be fitted comfortably and that they look natural – not too bulky. This means that you will always have to have some form of veneer covering the real teeth or you could be at risk of pain due to sensitivity – the reduced teeth don’t always look very nice either. Once this part of the process has been completed, the dentist will take an impression of the newly shaped teeth using dental putty; this will be used to create a 3D mould that the veneers will be formed around. It normally takes around two or three weeks for the manufacturing process to be completed, so during this time the dentist will fit a temporary veneer over the teeth that have been reduced – this will stop them from registering pain because the protective layers have been removed from around the pulp chamber. This product will not look as natural as the finished result but it should suffice for the interim period between appointments.

When you return for your second session, the dentist will remove the temporary veneer and clean away the cement from around the teeth. The porcelain laminates are then tacked in place over each tooth to make sure that they look ok and you are happy with them; the next step is to adhere them in place permanently – it is much easier to make adjustments before this, so if you are not happy to go ahead, you should say something first. Each veneer fits on one corresponding tooth; when they have all been fitted the dentist will clear away any excess cement and smooth down any rough edges – the treatment is now complete.

For composite veneers the process is very different; the teeth are first cleaned thoroughly to make sure that there are no barriers to the bonding process – such as bacterial build-up – then the composite resin is layered over the teeth and shaped so that it looks just like the real thing; it normally takes at least three layers to build the teeth up enough so that they are natural in appearance. Depending on the type of composite used, the dentist may expose the teeth to a curing light to dry the veneers faster, but that is not always necessary. When the resin is dry, the dentist will refine the veneers by polishing them and sanding down the tips to make sure they are even.

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5 Vale Parade, Kingston Vale

Kingston Hill, London SW15 3PS


Pearl Dental Clinic

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