Veneers are thin laminates or shells that are cemented to the surface of your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. Typically made from porcelain or composite bonding material, they are a quick and natural way to cover stained, chipped or discoloured teeth.
What are dental veneers used for?
If you’re unhappy or lack confidence in the appearance of your smile due to the colour, shape or position of your teeth, we would recommend dental veneer treatment. At 32Whites, we use dental veneers to treat the following problems:
- Stained teeth– dental veneers work perfectly on badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening, as they cover any existing stains and give you beautiful, white teeth.
- Crooked teeth– crooked teeth are usually treated with orthodontics, but such treatments can take up to a year or more. Veneers can be placed over the front surface of slightly misaligned teeth to create a perfectly straight smile.
Placing dental veneers
The process for placing dental veneers goes as follows:
- Firstly, we’ll invite you to an initial consultation so you can get to know us and talk us through your needs and concerns. We’ll explain the treatment procedure to you and give you an accurate estimate for the cost of your veneers.
- When you are happy to proceed with the treatment, we’ll schedule an appointment to prepare your teeth for veneers. The first stage is to numb your teeth and gums with a local anaesthetic, so you don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Before your veneers are designed by the dental laboratory, we might need to reshape and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the veneers. We’ll need to remove the same thickness as the veneer from your tooth to make sure it fits perfectly.
- Next, we’ll take an impression or mould of your teeth and send it off to the dental laboratory.
- While you’re waiting for your veneers to be constructed, we will fit temporary veneers to protect your prepared enamel.
- On your second visit, we’ll fit your new veneers to your teeth with special dental cement and bonding agents. Before fitting them, you will have an opportunity to see how they look in your mouth to make sure you’re happy with them.
In general, dental veneers can last between 10-15 years. However, as they are very thin, you need to care for your veneers like you would your real teeth to avoid any chips or breaks.
There is little need for aftercare, as implementing your typical dental regime should ensure long lasting results:
- Brush daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- Spit out excess toothpaste without rinsing
- Floss regularly
- Regularly visit us for check-ups
Eventually, your veneers will need to be replaced, but if you continue to attend regular check-ups we’ll be able to tell you exactly when this will be.
Has your confidence been knocked by stained or damaged teeth? We’d love to help, so contact us today to book a dental veneers consultation.