Have you thought about having a smile makeover? If so then dental veneers may well form part of your treatment plan. But what are they and how could they improve your smile?
Dental veneers are a versatile cosmetic dental treatment, and can be used to mask discoloured teeth, to mend small discrepancies or chips, to close or minimise gaps in between teeth, and to change the shade of teeth. They are a relatively conservative treatment as only a small amount of tooth structure needs to be removed to create sufficient room for these restorations. They are also a good choice for correcting teeth that are slightly crooked, and can be used after orthodontic braces in Kent.
The Procedure for Having Dental Veneers
The procedure for having dental veneers is very straightforward, and the first step is to book a consultation with one of our dentists in Kent at Parrock Dental & Implant Centre to discuss exactly how you’d like to improve your smile, and how many veneers are required. Although some of our patients will opt to have a substantial number of veneers fitted to both their upper and lower teeth, this may not always be necessary. If you have had orthodontic treatment then you may just need one or two veneers to perfect your smile. Veneering is also frequently used in conjunction with teeth whitening. If this is the case then we’ll need to whiten your teeth before veneering. The reason for this is that it is much easier to accurately match your veneers to your newly whitened teeth, than to try to whiten your teeth to match your veneers.
The next step will be to prepare your teeth for veneering. We’ll normally need to remove approximately 0.5mm of tooth structure which is only a very small amount. This is necessary as otherwise the finished veneers would be too bulky and wouldn’t give good aesthetic results. Once your teeth are prepared then we’ll take an impression to send to our dental laboratory. This is cast up in dental plaster to provide an accurate replica of your teeth, and is used to construct your dental veneers. Once they are ready you can return to our dental surgery for fitting. We may need to make some minor adjustments before they are permanently cemented into place, but the finished result should be a very natural, but improved smile. With proper care your veneers should last a good decade or maybe even longer before they need replacing.
You can find out more about veneers during your free consultation, as our dental team can answer all your questions. Just give us a call on 01474 537191.