Are you self-conscious about your smile? When you look in the mirror, do you wish your teeth were whiter or brighter? Do you have cracks, stains or chips in your teeth that you’re concerned will get worse?
What are veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment that cosmetic dentists use to improve the way your teeth look or add a layer of protection to repair chips and cracks and prevent them from progressing. Think of them like a shell that sits overtop of your natural teeth – a permanent shell that is custom built to fit the size and shape of your teeth perfectly.
Veneers can be made of composite or porcelain. The composite options are build using a thin layer of material that gradually adapts to the tooth’s original shape, while the porcelain versions and created in a lab based on impressions that your dentist will take of your teeth. Once the porcelain veneers are complete, your dentist will fix them to your teeth using a special form of cement.
Oftentimes, people opt for veneers because their teeth are stained from years of smoking or drinking dark beverages like coffee or wine. Veneers help by covering those stains, and the materials they’re made of are stain resistant. Despite this, it’s still best to avoid these substances, or be sure to brush after consuming them.
Am I eligible for veneers?
Veneers are designed as a cosmetic solution, and while they can be used to protect from the advancements of small chips and cracks, the tooth must be in fairly healthy condition in order to proceed with veneers. If your cosmetic dentist in London determines that you’re not a candidate for veneers, don’t panic — there are many alternative treatments you can consider, including crowns, implants and dental bridges.
How does the process work?
Once you determine that veneers are the right option for you, your dentist will take impressions, or a mould of your teeth, to be certain that the veneers fit your mouth perfectly. Once they are ready, your dentist will get the front of your teeth prepared and adhere the veneer to the front of your teeth.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental veneers, call Highland Woods Dentistry today. We’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in and consult with Dr. Keith Luzzi and determine the treatment plan that best suits your unique situation. Our office is conveniently located in South London and always accepting new patients.