Your teeth work hard for you every day, and over time they may become damaged or discoloured. The damage may be the result of a knock to a tooth, resulting in an unsightly chip, or perhaps the tooth has been worn down. At times like these treatments such as whitening and filling may not be the solution, and this is when dental veneers can help.
Over time, your teeth become superficially stained with tea, coffee and smoking, and this can be improved with teeth whitening. Unfortunately some prescription medications, such as some types of antibiotic, fluoride or even certain vitamins, can permanently discolour your teeth. Although the function of your teeth is not affected in these circumstances, the only way to improve the cosmetic appearance may be with veneers. Essex dentists Simply Teeth can fit veneers to restore the appearance of one or several of your teeth.
Bright and white and even
Dental veneers are usually made from porcelain or sometimes a composite material. They can be matched to your natural tooth colour or can be used to create a brighter smile with lighter coloured veneers. If you are only having one or two veneers fitted and are considering having your teeth whitened, you should opt for the teeth whitening before you have veneers made. This is because the colour cannot be changed. Once the veneers have been made, they cannot be lightened.
In some circumstances you may decide to choose to have veneers fitted instead of having your teeth straightened. Veneers can be used to cover up small gaps or uneven spacings between the front teeth, if you do not want to wear braces. Dentists generally regard veneers as a minimally invasive treatment, but once fitted veneers are not a reversible treatment.
Veneers in Essex: the facts
To fit a veneer, your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of the enamel from the teeth. This allows the veneer to sit at the same level as the original tooth surface, and provides an roughened surface for the dental cement to bond the veneer to the tooth. Properly cared for, your veneers should last between five and 10 years. When considering dental veneers, you should ensure that your dentist talks you through the process and offers you a thorough consultation before you begin your treatment.