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Veneers

Veneers St Albans

If your discoloured, crooked, or chipped teeth gives you concern, you may opt for dental veneers to make your teeth look perfect. Different types of veneers are available, each with its disadvantages and advantages. To choose a perfect veneer to improve your smile, you need to understand what veneers are and the benefits each offer.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are common dental restorations that cover the front surface of a damaged or discoloured teeth. Asides from improving the aesthetics of the teeth, veneers can repair damage from trauma and tooth decay. Porcelain veneers are natural-looking, while composite veneers are more affordable.

Before a veneer placement, the dentist will remove a small amount of the tooth enamel to prepare the tooth surface for the veneer. You can use a dental veneer for one tooth or several teeth. Sometimes, people get a full set of veneer for the front teeth. You may decide to get tooth-coloured veneers to match your existing teeth shade. Veneers do not need food restrictions, so you can eat and drink anything after fitting your veneer.

Why do I need veneers?

People get dental veneers for different reasons, and you can get a veneer for the following reasons.

  • Change a tooth colour
  • Alter a tooth shape
  • Repair a chipped tooth
  • Repair damage from bruxism
  • Improve your teeth alignment
  • Cover a translucent tooth

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How do veneers work?

Different dentists may use different approaches for a veneer placement depending on your desired result and the material used. If you only want to change your teeth colour, the veneer treatment process will be simple and require 2 – 3 visits.

However, improving your teeth alignment with dental veneers or covering a chipped tooth will be more complex and require more procedures to plan and test the treatment. The dentist will likely create a dental mask to try out different shapes until you find a suitable solution.

Getting porcelain veneers may take a longer time because a skilled lab technician will have to make the veneer. A composite veneer will take less time because the dentist can build and shape the composite veneer material in the office.

The dentist will walk you through the steps involved in your veneer treatment, so you know what to expect and how to prepare for your treatment.

Getting veneers may take a little while and a few pounds, but it is more affordable, less invasive and quicker than other dental restoration like crowns and implants.

Dental veneer fitting process

During your initial consultation, the dentist will check your suitability for veneers, explain the procedure, take teeth x-rays and your teeth impressions. Your dentist may also check for dental conditions like gum disease that may prevent you from getting dental veneers.

If you decide to go through with the treatment after the initial consultation, your dentist will carry out the preparatory work by trimming a thin layer of your enamel to make your teeth the right size and height for the veneer. Some veneers may not need the dentist to remove the enamel

Removing a small amount of the enamel should not be painful because there are no nerves in the enamel, but your dentist may administer an anaesthetic.

Composite

Your dentist can fit a composite veneer in one visit. The dentist will roughen your tooth surface using acid, then apply an adhesive to the teeth to hold the composite material. The dentist will build the composite material in thin layers to gradually form the tooth shape then harden the composite material using a lamp.

If you are happy with the composite material's colour and shape, your dentist will polish it to make the veneer look natural.

Porcelain

Fitting porcelain veneers take a longer time because the dental technician will make each veneer in the lab, which takes about 1 – 3 weeks.

After your dentist files down your enamel, they will take your teeth impression. The impression helps to ensure that your veneer fits perfectly and make a mask to plan the outcome of your treatment.

When the porcelain veneer is ready, your dentist will clean your teeth, make the surface rough using acid, and add an adhesive on your teeth to hold the porcelain veneer.

Fitting the dental veneers requires precision and may take about an hour or two. Sometimes, so the dentist may administer a general anaesthetic to prevent the patient from moving.

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54 The Quadrant, St Albans, AL4 9RD

Composite veneers vs porcelain veneers

The table below summarises the differences between porcelain and composite veneers.

Feature Composite veneer Porcelain veneer
Cost per tooth £100 - £400 £400 - £1000
Appearance May not look like natural teeth and can stain easily Looks like the natural teeth and doesn't stain
Number of appointments for fitting Usually one 2 – 3
Longevity Five years 10 – 20 years
Damage to the existing teeth Requires enamel removal Requires filing down the enamel, except for Lumineers

Cost of dental veneers in the UK

Composite veneers cost between £100 - £400 and porcelain veneers about £400 - £1,000. However, the cost of getting a dental veneer varies depending on several factors, like your location and the dentist's expertise.

How to care for your dental veneers?

During your dental veneer fitting, the dentist will push your gums back a little, so your gums may feel sore for some days. When the soreness subsides, you can care for your teeth normally. The following tips will help keep your veneered and natural teeth in good condition.

  • Change your toothbrush regularly and use a high-quality one
  • Avoid smoking and other tobacco products
  • Reduce your intake of wine, coffee, and tea
  • Visit your dentist often for check-ups and cleanings
  • Brush your teeth and floss between your teeth and gums

Conclusion

Improving your smile and teeth aesthetics with dental veneers is possible. However, it requires removing a small amount of the enamel, which alters your teeth permanently.

There are different types of veneers, and you can choose any depending on your budget, and they can last for a long with proper care. Generally, veneers are a good option for fixing a damaged tooth, and they improve your smile.

If you've decided to get dental veneers to fix your damaged teeth, visit St Albans Dental Care today to have our experienced dentist St Albans carry out the procedure.

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