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What Is Veneer Dentistry?


Cosmetic Solution For Yellow, Chipped And Wonky Teeth

Being unhappy with your smile can really affect your self-confidence. Check out veneer dentistry as a solution to fix common dental complaints.

40% of Brits are unhappy with their teeth according to a survey conducted by Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors earlier this year. Common reasons for this include dissatisfaction of the colour of the teeth, wonky teeth and large gaps inbetween. But a solution exists for all these issues, in the form of veneer dentistry.

Types Of Veneers

Veneers are essentially thin covers that fit on the front of your teeth, which cover up any blemishes or chips beneath. They are usually made either from porcelain or composite resins. There are pros and cons for using either; if cost is an issue then composite is usually a better option for your wallet, but porcelain veneers tend to be more durable, stain-resistant and look more authentic. So, it’s important to weigh up the possibilities with your dentist to find the best fit for you.

How Many Veneers Should You Have?

The answer to this question depends entirely on what you hope to gain from your cosmetic veneers. If you have a single tooth with a chip in it, then it would be acceptable to have a single veneer fit. For those who want to solve a wider problem such as the discolouration of their front set of teeth, or poor alignment, then you will likely benefit from having a full set.


How Long Do Veneers Last?

Quality veneers will last between five and twenty years depending on the type of veneer you’ve chosen. Composites cost around £100 to £400 per tooth but they’re almost seen as a temporary solution as you’ll be looking to replace them within five years. Porcelains on the other hand might set you back up to £1000 per tooth, but they’ll likely be with you for up to twenty years.

The Fitting Process

During an initial consultation with your dentist, you will be made aware that the process of fitting veneers is irreversible and needs to be considered with care. This is because the procedure begins by a small amount of the enamel being removed from the surface of each tooth you want to be treated. By doing so, the thin veneer resin can easily be fixed on top. The veneers will be entirely unique to your mouth ensuring a completely natural fit and look. This is achieved by taking a moulded impression of your teeth, which will then be matched to the colour and shape of your existing teeth.

Before work begins, your dentist will take a good look at the current condition of your teeth to ensure that there are no problems such as gum disease, that may need addressing before your veneer treatment begins. You should therefore expect to attend at least 2 or 3 appointments before the work is complete.

Follow-Up Care

Once you’ve spent money on your treatment, naturally you’ll want to get the most out of the results. This means treating your teeth well going forward. If you’re a smoker, or have any other bad dental habits such as drinking coffee or red wine, then now is the time to stop. This is especially important if you’ve opted for composites which won’t resist the stains as well. Additionally, you should brush your teeth with a quality toothbrush each day, and floss regularly.

If you live in the south-east and are unhappy with your teeth, there’s no need to avoid smiling. Looking into veneer dentistry in Essex could completely change your look and with it, your confidence – what are you waiting for?


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