A beautiful smile can make you look more attractive and boost your self-confidence – and while there are many ways to achieve perfectly straight and white teeth, one of the easiest and most popular options for a smile makeover in London is porcelain dental veneers.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made coverings for your teeth that are designed to be placed over the tooth to give the appearance of a perfect smile. Depending on your specific requirements, the veneers can be used to change the colour, size, shape and length of your teeth. We use this dental veneers made from high quality porcelain composite to correct a number of defects and irregularities including crooked, missing, gapped, crowded, overbite, chipped, protruding or discoloured teeth.
Having dental veneers placed will require a few visits to the dental suites. This will start with a consultation to help you decide the right options for your requirements. During this appointment, your dental professional will also examine your overall oral hygiene and the condition of your teeth to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental veneers. In some cases, additional corrective treatments may be necessary before the veneers are placed.
Smile Design software may also be used to help you see what the finished results will look like before any actual work begins.
Once the dentist is happy with the health of your teeth, the next step will be to prepare the surfaces of your teeth to accept the veneers. Your teeth and gums will be numbed with local anaesthetic and a thin layer of the front surface of the teeth will be removed. Impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to a lab where the veneers will be manufactured.
The final veneers normally take one to three weeks to be completed, so in the mean time, patients will have temporary veneers placed over their teeth to protect the exposed tooth and hide the work.
During the waiting period, your dentist may advise avoiding certain foods that could cause the temporary veneers to come off – like sticky sweets. Foods and drinks that are very hot or cold could also cause sensitivity.
When the final veneers are ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have them permanently bonded to your teeth. Before cementing the veneers in place, your dentist will hold each one up to your teeth to determine whether they are an appropriate colour and make any small adjustments to the shape so that they fit in your mouth just right.
Veneers are very thin and can be made from porcelain or resin composites. Both materials have their benefits – porcelain is better at resisting stains and reflects light in a similar manner to natural teeth. They usually last between five and ten years before needing to be replaced.
Meanwhile, composite veneers are much thinner, meaning that less of your natural tooth surface will need to be removed. However, they typically need to be replaced every two years or so.
There are also a number of specialist veneer brands. For example, Emax, Da Vinci and Durathin are three companies that manufacture high-end porcelain veneer products using patented materials. These veneers can be made much thinner and stronger than other types and can be fitted without having to ‘shave’ away any of the natural tooth – making the process faster, safer and less painful.
If you’re ready for a smile makeover, look no further than the friendly and professional team at Museum Dental Suites. We are committed to providing high quality porcelain veneers to all of our clients.
Our boutique suites in Bloomsbury have been created to provide tranquil surroundings and we will discuss every aspect of your treatment plan to help you feel at ease with the work you’re having done.
To find out more or to book a consultation, please phone us on 0207 036 1999.