Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that cover your existing teeth to hide common problems with a new, improved finish. They can look just like your natural colour teeth or can be made whiter and brighter if you wish.
You might be interested in dental veneers if:
• You have chipped or broken teeth.
• Your teeth are discoloured.
• You have gaps between your teeth.
• Your teeth have become worn down.
• You have misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth.
There are two kinds of dental veneers
Porcelain veneers are long-lasting, natural looking teeth that are crafted in the finest detail to look just like natural teeth by specialist technicians in a dental laboratory. These are usually fitted in two appointments and usually require some preparation to your existing teeth; a small amount of your existing enamel may need to be removed in order to adhere the veneers directly to your teeth.
Composite veneers can be applied in one visit. Layers of resin are applied directly to the tooth, masking any damaged enamel, which is then sculpted to the correct shape and size to look just like natural teeth. Composite veneers are a good option if you have stained or slightly damaged teeth, such as a chipped or cracked tooth. An especially high aesthetic result can be achieved with ‘BioClear’ veneers, offered by Dr Sandra Dring. For more information on these, please see the relevant section of our website. Click Here
How do I care for my dental veneers?
Treat your dental veneers as you would your own teeth, by brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste and flossing daily. Dental veneers, just like your enamel, can become stained. You can keep them looking pearly white by limiting the amount of black coffee you drink, giving up smoking and avoiding foods that may stain. Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain, but you should be careful when eating particularly hard foods – porcelain is a kind of glass, so while strong it is also brittle.