Restoring badly stained or cracked teeth with porcelain veneers
Whilst a teeth whitening procedure is the most commonly used method for whitening teeth, sometimes, this may not be enough. Teeth that are very badly stained or have suffered chips and cracks may need alternative treatment such as dental veneers to restore them fully. Veneers are very versatile and can be used not only for covering cracks and stains but also for minor orthodontic corrections or to close a diastema (gap between the front teeth).
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are fine layers of porcelain or ceramic which are designed to replace the front surface of the natural tooth. They are precisely attached to the teeth using a special dental adhesive.
To fit a dental veneer, it is first of all necessary to remove the damaged front surface of the tooth - this also ensures a snug and comfortable fit. This is done using a dental burr to shave off a very fine layer of the discoloured or damaged enamel. Impressions are then taken at the surgery and the sent off to a dental laboratory for the veneers to be custom made. Temporary veneers are fitted to protect the teeth whilst the finished versions are made.
Once the veneers are ready (usually a week or two), you will be recalled to the practice and the temporary veneers removed and replaced with your new veneers. Finally, the veneers are trimmed and polished to give them a smooth and natural appearance. Your new smile is ready!
Dental veneers should last for around ten to fifteen years and it is important that they are looked after to ensure that you get the best service from them and that they stay looking great. Brushing and flossing (or using interdental brushes) is essential as although the veneers are artificial, the natural tooth which supports them can still decay and may cause the veneer to come off. Gum disease can also occur if you fail to pay proper attention to your oral health.
If you have badly stained or chipped teeth and would like to find out more about dental veneers for improving your smile, please call us in Crouch End on 020 8340 7660.