It is a common conundrum for many dental patients; they want to have a whiter, healthier-looking smile but are concerned about traditional whitening techniques heightening already sensitive teeth.
Also, if you are looking for a way to close a minor gap in your smile, it may not seem worth the effort to invest in a set of adult orthodontics. Luckily, there is a cosmetic dental solution that can solve both of these issues, improving your confidence and improving your smile.
Introducing dental veneers! Imagine a false nail that is placed over a damaged, discoloured nail to improve the appearance and the strength. In essence, this is what a dental veneer is, except it is placed over the front of your teeth to conceal any discolouration, cracks or other types of damage you want to conceal.
And at our practice, Future Health Partnership, our dentist in Chester has helped many of our dental patients to boost their confidence using dental veneers. Easy to fit, simple to maintain and requiring no additional hassle or dental trips, these cosmetic coverings have revolutionised the way dental teams can improve smiles.
But before you book your appointment with our dentist in Chester to have your veneers fitted, you will probably have some questions. Here, we answer some of the top 5 questions that we are asked about dental veneers.
How are they made?
Our dentist in Chester will need to take a mould of the teeth which the dental veneers are to be placed on. This is then sent to a dental laboratory, for your new coverings to be sculpted in a large, 3-D dental printer. Depending on the material you have chosen, they will be made of either composite or porcelain.
This process can take a few weeks to complete, but once they are sent back to our team, you are ready for the fitting!
Can they whiten my teeth?
Many people use dental veneers as an alternative to traditional whitening, which can cause heightened dental sensitivity. As they can be coloured in any shade of white you want, they can whiten your smile up to 18 shades!
How do they stay in place?
Our team will need to gently sand the surface of your tooth, and will then apply a dental cement. The veneer is then placed on top and there you are! Simple!
How long will they last?
Depending on your level of oral hygiene and lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking (both of which shorten the longevity of implants), your newly fitted pearly white coverings can last up to and over 20 years.
Do they need any special care to keep them looking good?
No; as porcelain is less porous than enamel, veneers are less likely to stain from consumption of products like red wine and coffee. You will need to brush them and care for them as you do with your teeth in general, but this is more to ensure that your gums stay healthy, which can impact their longevity too.