In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has become more popular than ever. With dentists offering a never-ending range of cosmetic procedures at affordable prices, it is no surprise that more and more people want to enhance their teeth and achieve the perfect smile. Cosmetic dentistry has proudly returned the confidence of millions of people worldwide and your dentist Gordon would like to do the same for you!
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are thin, custom-made, tooth-like shells designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. These tooth-like shells are then bonded onto the front of the original teeth using the most up-to-date cementation technique thus changing their shape, size, length or colour to suit the client’s preferences.
What problems do dental veneers fix?
Veneers are used to treat a variety of dental issues ranging from staining which can be caused by root canals, drugs such as tetracycline which can impact the colour of a person’s teeth, teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken, teeth that are misaligned, missing or uneven and teeth that have gaps between them. Rest assured, any imperfections a person may consider their teeth to have, dental veneers can resolve them.
Getting dental veneers involves a few trips to the dentist to ensure the procedure is a suitable decision. A consultation will first be offered with a dentist in Gordon to assess the teeth and give people the opportunity to discuss what results they would like to achieve. The next appointment will involve the dentist reshaping the surface of the original teeth to match the thickness of the veneers to be added on. An impression of the teeth is then made and sent to the dental laboratories which usually take 2-4 weeks to return as veneers. The final appointment will involve the dentist examining that the veneers are the correct shape, size and colour and making any further changes that are required such as trimming before permanently cementing them onto the client’s teeth.
What are the pros and cons of getting dental veneers?
As with every cosmetic procedure, dental veneers come with both benefits and risks which dentists will emphasise at every consultation. The advantages include that they provide people with natural-looking teeth, they are stain resistant, they make a person’s teeth appear whiter and are tolerated well by the gum reducing any pain or discomfort. Dental veneers however also come with a few risks which are discussed thoroughly by the dentist beforehand as it is a permanent procedure which cannot be undone. These risks include that they are often expensive and cannot be repaired if they chip or crack. The natural tooth may also become sensitive due to the removal of the enamel making it painful to eat or drink hot and cold food and drinks. It is extremely important not to expose the veneers to too much pressure such as biting on ice or hard objects as they may dislodge or even fall off.
Disclaimer: All treatments carry their own risks and individual consultation is required with one of our expert practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you