You’ve probably heard of veneers, especially as they are now so popular with celebrities who maintain their appearance for a living, but are they worth considering? Here, we explore what veneers are, the issues that they can be used to treat and the advantages that are usually experienced by people who choose this option.
At Smilemakers in Southampton, we are a dedicated team with a wealth of experience and expertise in providing dental veneer treatment – so if you have more questions after reading this guide, please contact us to find out more.
What are veneers?
Veneers are made from extremely thin material, usually porcelain, that is shaped to match the individual patient and applied to the teeth. They are used to improve the appearance, colour, shape and size of the teeth. This kind of treatment is very popular because it is a relatively straightforward means of achieving a very desirable result.
Why should you get veneers?
Some of our patients get veneers because their teeth are very badly stained and traditional whitening techniques would not be as effective as desired. This staining can sometimes be the result of getting a root canal treatment, having to take some prescription drugs or smoking, as well as other lifestyle factors.
In some cases, this kind of treatment is given to patients whose teeth are chipped or worn away – either from an injury or from a condition like bruxism (grinding the teeth). Veneers can replace the missing part of the tooth or teeth to restore them and perfect the patient’s smile.
If your teeth are misaligned or have a gap, the cosmetic dentist in Southampton may recommend veneers. For some patients, they can be a very effective means of closing a gap or giving the teeth a more even appearance. However, whether or not this is the solution for you is very much dependent on the condition of your teeth and gums. It may be that we recommend orthodontic treatment before considering veneers.
What are the advantages?
Getting veneers is usually a relatively quick and straightforward process. In most cases, the treatment can be completed in just a couple of appointments. This means that, unlike other treatments like orthodontics where you might have to wait months before you get the result you want, veneers can transform your smile almost instantly.
The porcelain that is used to make veneers is extremely natural looking; and we can customise the colour so that it fits in with the rest of your teeth. This means, unless you want to tell people, no one need know that you have had the treatment. Veneers are designed to be as natural looking as real teeth. Because they are made of porcelain, they don’t get stained and usually last a long time if they are cared for well.
When you visit the cosmetic dentist in Southampton, explain what you are looking for and what your expectations are. We can advise on whether or not you are a suitable candidate for veneers, and guide you through the process with expertise and ease!
For further information regarding any dental treatments around veneers or crowns, or anything else, please contact us today on 0238044 2626.