How can you benefit from veneers?
There are various reasons why people opt for veneers, including:
- Replace damaged and chipped teeth
- Replace worn teeth
- Alter the shape of your teeth
- Hide small gaps between your teeth
- Improve alignment
- Whiten teeth
What is the veneering process?
Stage one: Consultation
Before the veneering takes place, you will consult with your dentist about your preferences. Your dentist will also conduct a thorough oral examination to ensure veneers are the right choice for you.
Stage two: Impressions and study models
Once you consent to the treatment, your dentist may then take impressions of your teeth. This will allow them to make a model of what your teeth should look like after the veneers are in place, but this depends on how many veneers are being placed and is often not necessary for one or two veneers. At this point, you can decide if you are happy or suggest changes - they are your teeth after all.
Stage three: Veneer preparation
This begins by filing down a thin layer of enamel where the veneers will be fitted, this can be done with or without anaesthetic. This process occurs in order to avoid your teeth looking bulky once the veneers are in place. Once this is complete, another impression is taken and sent to a specialist dental laboratory where the veneers are constructed.
If your main objective for getting veneers is to achieve a whiter smile but you are only getting some of your teeth veneered, you may wish to get the rest of your teeth whitened first.
Stage four: Veneer fitting
Once your veneers are back from the laboratory, we will arrange an appointment to fit them. Before applying the veneers, your dentist will first check that they are suitable and that they do not affect your bite or alignment. If there are any issues, alterations can be made immediately before fitting. Once you are happy, your teeth will then be cleaned, and an acid gel will be applied in order to create a better surface for the veneers to adhere to.
The veneers will then be cemented and attached to the correct tooth. Once your veneers are aligned correctly, a curing light is used to harden the cement to allow the veneers to last for a prolonged period.
Stage five: Recovery
After your veneers are fitted, your gums may feel slightly tender, - although this should subside quickly. You may also be asked back for a final check-up/polish to ensure everything is in place properly and you are happy with your results.
Before and after
This lady was unsatisfied with the size and shape of her teeth and asked our expert dental team to help her achieve a fuller, brighter smile. We did this by implementing porcelain veneers and altering her gums to ensure she had the best and brightest smile she could hope for.
This lady wanted a fuller, brighter smile and was unhappy with the shapes and sizes of her teeth.