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