Everything You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

Being confident in your smile is not only good for your self-esteem, it can also be the key to making great first impressions in both social and work situations. If your teeth aren’t as white as you would like them to be, or they are slightly crooked, cracked, chipped or damaged in another way, this can understandably have a big effect on you.

Dental veneers can be a great solution to help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

Veneers help you to transform your smile in just one treatment session, covering up any imperfections that may be visible on the front of your teeth.

If you are considering dental veneers, it’s important to learn as much as you can.

What are dental veneers and how do they work?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are adhered to the front of your teeth, covering the whole surface to provide a smile of pearly whites. To ensure that veneers look natural, they are shaped to fit your teeth and mouth and are colour-matched to suit your complexion. We take an impression of your mouth and send this to our laboratory, so you can rest assured that veneers will fit you perfectly.

Before the procedure for fixing veneers, your teeth are prepared and a thin layer of enamel is removed from the surface, so there is no need to worry that your teeth will look or feel too bulky with veneers in place. Whilst your veneers are made, your dentist will fit temporary veneers in place until your permanent veneers arrive from the dental lab.

Are veneers suitable for everyone?

No, veneers aren’t suitable for everyone, so your dentist will always evaluate your teeth before determining whether you can go ahead with veneers. Should your teeth be in poor health, or should you need fillings, implants or other treatment, this will have to be taken care of first before you can get dental veneers.

Other factors that will prevent you from being an ideal candidate for veneers include habitual teeth grinding or habitual jaw clenching, cross bite or underbite, gum disease, severely crowded teeth, structural tooth damage, and generally poor oral hygiene.

How do I care for veneers?

For the first few days after veneers are bonded to your teeth, you may experience some tooth sensitivity, and your mouth and gums will likely be a little sore. This will pass as your mouth heals, but you can take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you experience discomfort.

You can care for veneers just as you would regular teeth. Ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss on a regular basis. Avoid chewing anything that may chip your teeth or damage your veneers. The better you care for your veneers, the longer they will last.

With good care, you can expect veneers to last for up to 20 years before they need to be replaced.

For more information on dental veneers or to make an enquiry about veneers in Basingstoke, please call Dentalia on 01256 353033.

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