Dental veneers can provide an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth that are discoloured, misshapen or that do not line up evenly.
Veneers can also be used to close spaces between teeth, if you have spaces that you do not like. Dental veneers can often be placed without having to carry out extensive dental work. You may have seen examples of these in many TV makeover programmes.
What are Dental Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin piece of porcelain or composite resin placed over the visible area of the person’s front teeth. They are used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel.
Dental veneers can be used to fix chipped, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth. Patients also choose dental veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile, correcting issues like discolouration, fractures, or chips. Dental veneers can also be used to improve the appearance of a single tooth or your whole smile.
What is involved in placing Dental Veneers?
The typical process for placing dental veneers is carried out over two appointments, normally 1-2 weeks apart. If the veneer is made from composite resin, it usually takes one appointment and if the laboratory is creating a porcelain veneer it takes two appointments. Porcelain dental veneers provide a quick and painless solution for providing an attractive smile.
The initial procedure involves your dentist removing a small amount of the enamel of the tooth to provide room to place the veneer on the tooth. An impression of the tooth is then taken for the laboratory and a temporary veneer will be placed on the tooth. The colour shade for the dental veneer will be determined to match with the shade of your other teeth.
On the second appointment, the temporary veneer is removed. This is generally very straight forward to remove and does not involve the need for anaesthesia or drilling. The new dental veneer, made by the laboratory, is then tried on the prepared tooth. It is carefully assessed by the dentist and the patient is encouraged to look closely at the new veneer on their tooth. If the dentist and patient are happy with the look of the veneer, it is cemented in place with a clear cement. The cement used is very strong and the patient can bite into food as normal after the veneer is placed.
How long do Veneers last?
Veneers can last 10-20 years. Therefore, it should always be kept in mind when placing veneers, that they will need replaced at some stage.
For further information on dental veneer treatment and associated costs, simply contact one of our friendly Edinburgh team today.
Barron Dental: Improve your smile with dental veneers, available from our Edinburgh practice.
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