An excellent solution for badly discoloured, cracked or chipped teeth at Vara Dental Practice, Manor Park
Whilst a teeth whitening procedure is often the first step taken to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth, in some instances, this may result in a limited improvement only.
Where teeth have become very badly discoloured, perhaps from years of heavy smoking for example, or have suffered from cracks or chips, dental veneers may offer the best solution available to improve their appearance.
Veneers can also be used to close the gap between front teeth (diastema) in some cases and may be used instead of orthodontics for minor corrective issues.
What are dental veneers?
A dental veneer is a fine layer of ceramic or porcelain which is produced in the shape of a tooth. It is then attached to the front of a prepared tooth in a similar way to how false fingernails are fitted; however, as you might imagine, using a much more precise and permanent process.
Alternatively veneers can be made from composite (direct and indirect) and in these cases there is no need to remove any of the tooth enamel.
Tooth preparations if required are made followed by impressions.
If a veneer is to be used on a single tooth; for example, one that has been chipped whilst the other teeth are in good condition, the veneer can be made to a shade to match the other teeth to ensure that it blends in with them. However, veneers are often fitted in sets to the visible front teeth to make a dramatic improvement to a patient’s smile.
On your initial visit to Vara Dental Practice in Manor Park, E12, you will be given a local anaesthetic which will prevent any discomfort from being felt during the procedure.
Impressions and digital photographs will then be taken of the prepared teeth and these are then sent to a dental laboratory for the veneers to be produced. In the meantime, temporary veneers will be attached to your teeth to protect them.
Once the veneers have been returned from the laboratory, we will then remove the temporary veneers and attach the new veneers to the teeth, using dental cement. The veneers will then be trimmed of any rough edges and polished to give a smooth and natural appearance.
Although the cement used to attach dental veneers is strong and, in general use, should cause no problems; some events can cause the veneers to 'pop' off. Actions such as chewing pens or biting fingernails may cause this to occur and of course, should be avoided.
In the rare event that a veneer does become detached, it is important that you do not try to attach it yourself but should call our East London dental practice and our dentist will try to re-attach it professionally for you. Often this will succeed if the veneer has not been damaged.
With good care, dental veneers can be expected to last for many years. Whether you have one to repair a single tooth or multiple veneers on your visible front teeth to give you a great smile, we are confident that you will be more than happy with the results.
Please call Vara Dental Practice on 020 8552 1626 to arrange a dental veneers consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists.