Being unhappy with your appearance can have a dramatic effect on your life, people often feel they have a lack of confidence is thier teeth let them down. Correcting your smile so that you are confident with the way you look can help boost your career and personal life in so many ways. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth then there are a few options for you to consider.
If this is the only concern you have with your teeth, in other words they are straight and perfect in every other way then teeth whitening may be your best option. If your teeth are particularly dark or include broken down areas or teeth which are not aligned then dental bonding, dental veneers or orthodontics may be considered – in fact, a combination of all three may be the best option.
Crooked teeth can also be corrected with orthodontics however this does take considerably more time. If your teeth are broken down or dark or perhaps you want a quick solution and dental veneers may be right view.
Broken Down Teeth
If your teeth are very broken down and have many areas which need to be repaired then possibly dental crowns would be your best solution. If however these corrections are minor then eat dental bonding or dental veneers could be your ideal solution.
What are dental veneers?
As the name suggests they are thin ‘veneers’ of high-strength dental grade ceramic which are delicately crafted to fit over your existing teeth. This ceramic can be much whiter than the natural darker teeth that they cover and so you can radically change the appearance of your teeth by placing dental veneers over the top of them.
In most cases dental veneers are made by a highly skilled dental technician and take roughly 2 weeks to make from start to finish. Some dental practices, including our own practice in Jersey offer CEREC ‘Same Day Veneers’ for certain cases. The criteria for eligibility to have a same-day veneer with CEREC are complex and so a full assessment is required prior to determining whether you can opt for this treatment.
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How are dental veneers fitted?
The part of the process is a cosmetic dentistry consultation, at our practice in Jersey we offer this for free. After the initial consultation a full diagnostic appointment will be required where we can take records of your teeth to make a full analysis.
If you decide to go ahead with dental veneers then your teeth will be gently trimmed a small amount to allow placement of the dental veneer. If we are making the veneer of the same day then we will take a digital impression, if you’re veneer is to be made by a dental technician then we will use a putty material to take impression of your teeth.
Once your new veneer has been made, either by the dental technician or by our CEREC digital milling centre we will first ensure that your new veneers fit perfectly and look great. Once you have had the opportunity to see how good you will look the dental veneers are then fitted permanently using a special dental composite material to bond of them to your natural teeth.
Results with veneers
The results that can be achieved with veneers can be dramatic. Patients often report a complete change in the way they live their lives and often tell us that it has improved their confidence no end. When patients have these full smile makeovers it truly is a life changing form of dentistry!
Problems with dental veneers
As with any form of dentistry you need to remember that these are not your natural teeth. This does not mean that you can ignore them, you need to clean them and keep them free of dental plaque but what it does mean is that they can be more prone to chipping and natural teeth. The high strength dental grade ceramic, if not against a glass or China could chip, so you need to be very careful when drinking so as not to break your dental veneers.
Your veneer will also fit tightly against the gum line of your tooth. As you get older this gum line moves (hence the phrase long in the tooth) and as it does so you may find that the underlying tooth becomes more exposed. If you’re underlying tooth is dark and the veneer is light then you may notice this as a darker area around the gum line. This is the most common reason for replacing dental veneers however there is unfortunately nothing that can be done to absolutely prevent this, only by maintaining excellent oral hygiene can you keep the chances of this happening to an absolute minimum.
If after reading this you have discovered that dental veneers are an option to you then please call us on (01534) 875587 to arrange an initial consultation. If you feel you would like a free initial consultation to discuss dental veneers then please complete the form opposite.
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