Smile@Westpark Darlington offer a variety of cosmetic treatments including porcelain, ceramic and composite resin veneers. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain custom made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail and can totally transform your smile.
When are Veneers Used?
– Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth.
– Veneers can improve a single discoloured tooth or lighten your front teeth, by choosing a precise shade of porcelain.
– A veneer can also make a chipped tooth look whole again – depending on the type of veneer it can cover the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
– Veneers can be used to close small gaps between teeth and is a much quicker solution in this case than braces.
– If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
– A veneer can alter the shape of the teeth, allowing you to remodel teeth which may be naturally smaller or shorter than desired.
How are Teeth Prepared for a Veneer?
– Some of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth is removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is small and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size.
– A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not needed.
– Once the tooth has been prepared, the dental team will take an ‘impression’ (mould). Which will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. Temporary veneers will be used until the permanent fitting is made by the lab (approx. 1-2 weeks)
– The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.
A veneer will take at least 2 visits to our Darlington practice to fit. The first visit is to prepare the tooth and match the shade, and the second is to fit it. In most cases, the time span needed between the 2 appointments is between 1-2 weeks. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly in place.
Although porcelain veneers have become very popular in recent years due to many celebrities undergoing the treatment it is not always the best option, and our dentists will be able to provide you with in depth information about the pros and cons. Most frequently we advise patients to choose composite resin veneers which have outstanding results and do not require the enamel to be removed from the teeth. They can be fitted in one session, are reversible and it is a much less intrusive procedure.
If you’re based in Darlington and aren’t happy with your smile please call our team here at Smile@Westpark today on 01325 480300 to arrange a custom cosmetic consultation.