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Why Porcelain Veneers Might Just Be A Better Option Than Teeth Whitening

Some people mistakenly think that teeth whitening in Southend or elsewhere, for that matter, will totally restore their smile and make it look like a Hollywood smile that many celebrities favour. However, a dazzling smile isn’t just about the shade of whiteness that you choose, instead it’s all about having teeth that are in harmony together in regard to their position, size, shape, colour and surrounding gum tissue.

teeth whitening in SouthendOf course, if your teeth are in tip top condition and your only concern is a slight discolouration, then tooth whitening carried out by your dentist in Southend can be a simple, safe, and effective way of enhancing what is already a beautiful smile. However, if you suffer from any of the following then a better option for you may well be porcelain veneer restorations.

  • Chipped teeth
  • Badly stained teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are too short, too long or too wide
  • Fillings which are large and noticeable

So what are porcelain veneer restorations?

Porcelain veneers are similar to false nails only they’re crafted from wafer thin slices of porcelain which are bonded to the outside surface of the teeth in order to modify their colour, size, length and shape as required.

Benefits of porcelain veneers

  • Porcelain has a translucency and lustre which closely resembles that of tooth enamel
  • It’s strong and durable
  • Will never stain and is therefore a permanent method of whitening teeth
  • Can be colour matched to existing teeth
  • Very little of the tooth has to be trimmed away to fit the veneer
  • Last on average between 10-15 years
  • Requires very little maintenance

Probably the most important advantage of porcelain veneers is how they blend in with the rest of the teeth, giving a seamless appearance which is virtually undetectable, and resulting in a smile that is very attractive.

Veneers do have their limitations in as much as they’re not a good option for people who grind their teeth and should they break, then often the whole veneer has to be replaced. They’re also not good for people with a lot of tooth decay, multiple fillings, or any situation where there is only limited tooth enamel in place.

If you’ve been considering cosmetic dentistry in Southend and are looking to achieve a perfect white smile, then why not get in touch with Southend Dental Care to book a free consultation? We can examine your mouth and teeth and discuss your best options, whether that be whitening, porcelain veneers, or other treatments such as crowns. Give us a call today on 01702 465000 or contact us online at We’ll put the smile back on your face in no time at all.

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