It can be a worrying time when your teeth crack or become chipped. They can feel uncomfortable and distracting as your tongue automatically caresses every sharp edge of enamel, while you are sitting in your meeting. The fact is, when your teeth are like this, you need a dentist. A dentist in London, for example, could offer you various treatments to address the issues of chipped, stained, cracked or slightly overlapping teeth, and one of these options could be veneers. There is also the choice of composite bonding, which is a quicker treatment that can be used for minor imperfections and involves applying a resin to the teeth that can be shaped and adhered to the teeth during your appointment. However, this is not as durable as veneers and is normally used for small amounts of damage to the teeth. Veneers are used more for smile makeovers.
What are veneers?
If you opted to have veneers in London, you would be choosing a treatment that could last you at least around 15 years. Veneers are made of porcelain that is a resilient and durable material. The porcelain is thin and once the surface of the tooth has been prepared by a dentist gently taking the top layer of enamel off, they can be placed over the top of the tooth, like a false fingernail. The veneers can be shaped to fit the tooth precisely and will be made from the same colour material as your natural teeth, allowing you to have a uniform smile. Veneers are typically used on all of the front teeth for a smile makeover, but they can just be used for a single tooth.
Are veneers easy to look after?
The simple answer is yes! Taking care of your porcelain veneers is really easy. This is because you just have to brush and floss as normal to take care of them. You should also visit your dentist for regular check-ups that are routine for ensuring that you don’t develop further dental issues. Your dentist will be able to check your veneers at the same time as examining your gum health and other criteria. The beauty of veneers is the fact that they are permanently in your mouth as well, so you won’t need to worry about removing them yourself.
Can I get veneers just for cosmetic purposes?
This is a treatment that is often recommended for cosmetic purposes. Sometimes, for example, teeth whitening doesn’t address tooth discolouration. With veneers, however, you can get a uniform and attractive smile that looks light and bright. Porcelain is a great material for keeping clean and being resistant to staining. It is worth bearing in mind that veneers are a permanent treatment and once they are bonded to your teeth, you will always need veneers, so you must ensure that this is the right treatment for you. Speaking to your dentist and asking all the questions you need to ensure you fully understand what is involved in the treatment will help you to make an informed decision.
So, if you do choose porcelain veneers, you could have a flawless smile in a couple of appointments, the one you have been dreaming of!