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Dental Veneers

There are plenty of people in the UK who would change their teeth if they could, perhaps they would make them a little straighter, a little whiter, a little more in proportion, or maybe they just dream of that perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile. A crooked or discoloured smile can really dent a person’s confidence, so the dentists at the Pearl Dental Clinic are always happy to help give their patients back the self-esteem they’ve been lacking.

Dental veneers are more popular than ever these days, and thousands – if not millions – of people are leaving the dentist surgery with a brighter, more confident outlook. Veneers are very thin shells that fit over the surface of the tooth to transform their shape, size, colour, and general appearance. They are made from various different materials, usually porcelain, ceramic, or composite bonding material, all of which are designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth. Dental veneers can be used to fix a multitude of problems, they can cover stained teeth, worn down teeth, crooked teeth, the list goes on…. Similarly, if you gave large gaps between your teeth, a set of veneers can close them up and give you a beautiful straight smile.

The most popular type of dental veneers are those made from porcelain, compared to the composite version they are more durable and stronger, they also give a more natural looking result. The difference in quality does normally amount to quite a big difference in price, but patients are advised to consider this as more of a long-term investment which will serve them better in the future. That’s not to say that composite veneers are not worth considering – not everyone can afford a set of expensive porcelain teeth – but they are better for concealing chips and fixing other small aesthetic problems, as they just don’t last as long as porcelains.

If you’re considering a new set of veneers, the first thing to do is to consult with your dentist about what the best course is for you personally, this might involve explaining what sort of result you are after and finding out the price you could expect to pay for treatment. Once your dentist is clear on how he is going to proceed, your mouth has to be reformed so that you have enough room around your teeth and gums to fit the veneers comfortably. This might sound painful, but the area is totally numbed, so you won’t feel a thing as the surface of your natural teeth is removed in order for the veneer to sit over the top of it. An impression of the teeth is made out of putty and wash material, this is so the cast which will be used to mould the veneers will be an exact fit, to the smallest measurement.

It could take up to three weeks for your new teeth to be formed using the latest dental technology, in the mean time, some dentists will fit you with a temporary veneer to shield your teeth until they’re ready to undergo the procedure. When the veneers have been manufactured you will be called in to have them fitted, this involves roughening the surface of the teeth so that the cement used to hold them in place has a good surface to bond to. Once the dentist has stuck the veneers into place, a curing light is used to activate the chemicals in the dental cement to ensure that the shells are properly secured.

With good care, porcelain veneers can last up to ten years, whereas the composite ones typically only last one or two years. Whichever type you go for, they will have to be replaced at some point, but with good oral hygiene routine and regular check-ups with your dentist, you can get the most out of your new smile.