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Enjoy A Younger Looking Smile With Veneers

When you look in the mirror and smile are you happy with what you see? The condition of your teeth has an instant impact on your smile. Yellowish teeth and slight imperfections can turn an otherwise attractive smile into one that looks unhealthy. Fortunately, help is at hand and your dentist in Clacton can transform your smile with veneers.

smile with veneersVeneers are thin covers made from porcelain which fit over the surface of the teeth, a bit like a false nail fits over a finger nail, covering the tooth which lies beneath it. Although they come under the category of cosmetic dentistry in Clacton, they’re often used for minor corrective dental treatments such as crooked teeth and gapped teeth which is termed as ‘instantorthodontics.’ A crooked smile can be made to look straight, and gaps can be closed using porcelain veneers. Teeth can also be shortened to make a smile look more attractive and even. Because the porcelain shells can be colour matched with your other teeth, the look is totally natural and your veneers will blend in for a seamless finish.

Porcelain is the preferred choice for veneers because it has a natural translucency like natural teeth and also it resists stains. If a patient is suffering with badly discoloured teeth that can’t be brightened using a teeth whitening treatment, then often veneers can be used instead to give a permanent bright and whiter smile.

What’s the procedure for getting veneers?

  • The first step is to make an appointment with your dentist in Clacton to discuss the results you are hoping to achieve and to ascertain whether or not veneers are a suitable treatment for you. Your dentist will examine your teeth and may take some X-rays and impressions of your gums and teeth.
  • Preparation – A thin layer of tooth enamel (about the same thickness as your veneers) will have to be removed so that the veneers don’t stick out beyond your other teeth. Once this has been done then your dentist will take impressions of your teeth in order that the veneers can be custom made just for you. The great thing about veneers is that they can be used to change the size, shape, length and width of your teeth, so your smile really can be tailor made to achieve just the look you want. Typically it takes a couple of weeks for your veneers to be made, during which time you’ll be fitted with temporary veneers.
  • Once your veneers have been made you’ll be asked back to the clinic to have your temporary veneers removed and your new veneers fitted. Your Clacton dentist will place the veneers on your teeth to check that they are the right fit, Your teeth will then be etched to make it easier for the veneers to bond. A special cement is then applied to the veneer and it’s then placed on to your tooth. Once it’s properly positioned, the dentist will shine a special light which activates chemicals in the cement, making it harden very quickly. The final step is to check that your bite is functioning correctly and to make any minor adjustments.

Veneers generally last between 5 and 10 years making them a cost effective treatment. After that time they will need replacing.

If you’d like to find out whether dental veneers could restore your smile then why not get in touch with Clacton Dental Care. We’re a dentist in Clacton who provides general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry, so we can discuss all of your dental options to help you make an informed choice. Call us today on 01255 221001 or book an appointment online at

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