Considering Cosmetic Dentistry? How Porcelain Veneers Could Help
An increasing number of people are choosing to have cosmetic dentistry in Ladbroke Grove and you’ll find our dental practice offers a huge number of treatments which could help give you the smile of your dreams. One of the most popular and versatile procedures is to have porcelain veneers fitted onto your teeth.
Explaining Porcelain Veneers
A porcelain veneer is designed to fit tightly over the front surface of a tooth, completely covering it from the gum line right up to the biting surface. This treatment can be ideal if you have a badly stained tooth, a tooth that is slightly chipped or which is too small or not quite the right shape. Veneers can be used to make teeth look larger or longer and they can be very useful in closing up or minimising spaces in between teeth. You may only need to have one or two veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth, but some people choose to have multiple veneers covering up all the teeth that are visible when they smile.
A veneer is extremely thin, typically around 0.5 mm in thickness but even so your dentist in Ladbroke Grove will still need to prepare the tooth before the veneer can be made. This is done by removing a very small amount of tooth surface from the front of the tooth, creating enough room for the veneer so it will feel and look very natural and won’t be too bulky. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory so your veneer can be made to your dentist’s exact specifications which will include the shape and colour.
Using Veneers in Combination with Other Cosmetic Dental Treatments
When you inquire about cosmetic dentistry in Ladbroke Grove, your dentist may suggest using dental veneers in conjunction with other procedures. Treatments commonly used alongside porcelain veneers include teeth whitening and teeth straightening in Ladbroke Grove. Combining these treatments can prove to be very effective if you have any teeth slightly out of alignment. This is because your dentist in Ladbroke Grove can use the latest braces to straighten your teeth before whitening them. By this stage it may only be necessary to place a few dental veneers to get the desired results, rather than opting for multiple veneers.
Looking after Your Porcelain Veneers
Your porcelain veneers will be permanently cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth and with the proper care they should last for a considerable number of years before they need replacing. Making sure you brush and floss properly and that you visit Ladbroke Grove Dental Care for regular check-ups and professional cleanings will all help prolong the life of your veneers. Make sure you don’t use your veneers to bite into packets or for biting into very hard foods such as ice cubes as this could damage or chip them.
If you are interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers or cosmetic dentistry in Ladbroke Grove, why not book an initial consultation with our dentist by calling us on 020 7727 9836? You’ll learn more about all the treatments that could help you achieve the smile of your dreams, as well as the costs and time required.