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What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a type of cover that layers over the fronts of your teeth to transform your smile with a fresh new finish. All our dentists are skilled to be able to offer advice on whether dental veneers are suitable for you and can treat you with them, should you be suitable.

What effect can dental veneers have?

Veneers can enhance your smile and some of the issues that they can help with are:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Irregularly in shaped teeth

There are two types of dental veneers:

  1. Porcelain veneers – These are long-lasting and natural-looking restorations that are crafted in the finest detail to look just like natural teeth by specialist technicians in a dental laboratory.
  2. Composite veneers – These can be applied in one visit. Layers of resin are applied directly to the tooth, masking any damaged enamel, which is then sculpted to the correct shape and size to look just like natural teeth.

What are dental veneers made from?

  • PorcelainPorcelain veneers are made from a type of ceramic. This means that this method of teeth coating is not as susceptible to stains as composite veneers, and their overall appearance is also brighter and shinier.
  • Composite – Veneers are made from a tooth coloured resin (similar to that used for fillings) and are close to plastic in nature. As resin is porous, it is sensitive to stains. If you have composite veneers fitted it is advised that you regularly have them professionally polished.

How long do dental veneers last?

Veneers are a durable way to improve your smile. The lifetime of your dental veneers is subject to your dental care routine, your lifestyle and the kind of veneer you have fitted. If well cared for, porcelain can show a life span of 10-20 years compared to 3-5 years for composite veneers. Porcelain veneers have a cleaner finish and a longer life span.

What’s involved?

After we thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, We will determine which type of veneer is best suited to you and do some diagnostics to design your smile and veneers.

If you are having porcelain veneers, this will usually take two appointments;

On the first appointment, we will clean and prepare the teeth by removing a minimal layer of enamel. This is done carefully and with preservation in mind. Once the teeth are prepared, a 3D scanner is used to record the details of your mouth. The second appointment is booked two weeks later, to allow the dental veneers to be created to your unique specification in a dental laboratory.

Once we receive your custom made porcelain veneers you are ready to have them permanently fitted. Teeth are cleaned and polished and the new, porcelain veneers are fitted using a special adhesive.

If you decide to go for composite veneers, the work can be completed in one visit as these are moulded directly onto your teeth. After your teeth have been prepared, a resin is applied and moulded to your teeth.

Both processes benefit from a Trial Smile appointment. This appointment is highly recommended and allows us to trial your veneer design in your mouth using a temporary material. This can show you what your dental veneers are going to look like and gives both you a good idea of their appearance, fit in the mouth, and how you would talk with them in place. This is a fantastic way to give you confidence on the result we can achieve for you.

How do I care for my dental veneers?

Veneers should be cleaned as you would your natural teeth, by brushing with non-abrasive toothpaste and flossing twice daily. Just like your enamel, veneers can become stained. You can keep them looking sparkling white by limiting the amount of food and drinks with strong colours you consume, for example coffee and red wine. Giving up smoking also can make a huge difference.

Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain, but you should be careful when eating hard foods; remember porcelain is a kind of glass, so although strong it is also brittle.

Dental veneers will usually need to be replaced at some point, but by keeping up a good at-home oral hygiene routine you can ensure that they last for as long as possible. Regular checkups and hygienist appointments will ensure that your veneers stay in the best shape possible.

For more information regarding dental veneers in Northampton, Call us on 01536 214 144.

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