Dental veneers are a mainstay of cosmetic dentistry because they can transform your confidence by creating a beautifully white and straight smile. They are fine slivers of porcelain that are bonded over your existing tooth to cover imperfections.
Over time, it is normal for your teeth to become misshapen or to move or rotate slightly, especially if you have lost teeth. They can also get worn down, fractured and chipped due to everyday wear and tear.
When we meet patients for the first time, a common complaint is that their teeth are misaligned or crooked. It’s not uncommon for patients to hide their teeth with their hands when smiling, or to not smile at all.
Not being able to smile with confidence is so sad, and it doesn’t have to be like that. For patients with crooked teeth, should they want an alternative to braces, dental veneers might be the perfect solution.
Because we are creating your smile from scratch, we can close gaps, deal with overlapping teeth, replace worn and chipped teeth and create the illusion of straight teeth where they were once crooked.
Teeth can also change colour over time thanks to dye in drinks such as red wine and coffee, and heavily spiced food. These types of staining can sometimes be removed by a hygienist or through teeth whitening, but food staining in combination with the natural ageing process can’t always be fully offset.
Some patients may have deep enamel staining or bands of grey running through their teeth, caused by taking certain types of antibiotics in childhood. Unfortunately, this type of discolouration cannot be removed at all, and so veneers offer the only route to whiter teeth.
Our dentists and laboratory technicians will study your skin colour to help you choose a natural looking shade of white for you.
Although the process to prepare and fit your new veneers can take as little as 10 days, we spend a lot of time in your initial consultation assessing your facial form and features, taking x-rays, clinical photographs and studying models of your existing teeth. We then work closely with our laboratory technician in order to plan your new smile.
Often, we will create a diagnostic wax-up, which means that we are able to show you the final result in wax before treatment begins. We find this is a crucial communication tool that enables us to be clear about your expectations and your desired result.
We advise patients with veneers to have regular professional cleaning to protect their investment and to ensure the lifespan remains at about 15 years.
Benefits of veneers
- They can straighten crooked teeth without the need for braces
- They hide imperfections such as chips, stains and yellowing
- They are hard wearing and with the right care should last for 15 years
- They are stain resistant
Dental veneers are most commonly used for those with heavily stained teeth but are also used for those with chipped teeth or to fix gaps within an individual’s smile. They may not be suitable if your oral health is compromised though, so an initial consultation will be required so that we can put a plan in place that will yield the best results for you.
No! When having dental veneers with us, you should experience no pain or discomfort at any point during the procedure. This particular procedure involves minimal invasion and can be done under local anaesthetic for complete pain management.
Taking care of your veneers should be as straightforward as looking after your natural teeth. Regularly brushing twice a day, flossing and keeping up with your routine appointments will ensure your smile looks and performs as it should in the long-term.
Some treatments can cause tooth sensitivity, but veneers should not do this. That’s because veneers actually cover up the natural surface of the tooth, thus protecting it from hot and cold temperatures which are common triggers of tooth sensitivity.
If you’re struggling with sensitive teeth after having veneers fitted, be sure to 01932 988 465.
This depends on a few different factors, but if well taken care of you can expect your dental veneers in Surrey to last anywhere up to 30 years, or more! Porcelain veneers typically last the longest, with many patients reporting that their porcelain veneers have lasted over 30 years. Composite veneers are a more affordable option but aren’t as durable and typically won’t last as long as their porcelain counterparts.
Whatever type of dental veneer you’re opting for, keeping up with a good strong oral hygiene routine, avoiding eating very hard or sticky foods that could damage your veneers and making regular trips to the dentist can help you get the most out of the cost of veneers in Surrey.
Although your new teeth should give you the confidence to live life to the full and to smile with confidence, there are some foods you may want to avoid if you want to maintain them for as long as possible. Tough, hard or chewy foods could damage your temporary dental veneers, however, once you’ve got your fixed veneers in place, and they’ve fully healed, you should be able to eat a full and balanced diet.
Absolutely! One of the best bits about opting for dental veneers is that they’re super easy to maintain. In fact, all you need to do is brush and floss regularly – much like you would with your natural teeth. You may also find your veneers stay whiter and brighter for longer if you avoid certain food and drinks, such as coffee, red wine or berries which could lead to some staining over time. But – by keeping up with your daily hygiene and attending routine appointments – you should find your dental veneers in Surrey last for many years to come.