All you need to know on dental veneers

You’ve been thinking it was time to improve your smile for a little while but are feeling stumped at all the options available to you. Which cosmetic dentistry route do I take? Well, if you’re unhappy with the look of your teeth and want to find a solution to help with broken, chipped, discoloured or small teeth, or maybe a combination of the above then veneers in Liverpool could be an excellent option for you.

What actually are Veneers?

Dental Veneers are tooth-coloured, thin layers that are placed over the front of the tooth and stuck there to help improve the tooth’s appearance. In most cases they are made from porcelain in a form of composite which then permanently bonds to your tooth. It’s very common for those who opt for veneers in Liverpool to have multiple teeth covered, so that they can create a whole new look for their teeth. Opting for around six to eight veneers can create a more symmetrical smile and thus give a more pleasant aesthetic appeal.

How are Veneers fitted?

In the very first appointment your dentist will need to take moulds of your teeth to have the veneers made for your teeth specifically. Then when the Veneers are ready your dentist will give your teeth an amazing clean and polish to get them ready for the Veneers to be applied. If your dentist doesn’t remove all the plaque and bacteria on the tooth the Veneer will act like a locked case around the tooth and will cause tooth decay.

Once the tooth is clean and ready they just need to make the surface of the tooth rough so the Veneer has a good surface to attach to. They do this with special tools for grinding. When the tooth is fully prepped the dentist applies the veneer using a special bonding solution that, combined with ultraviolet light, will cause the veneer to stick to the tooth quickly.

Woman and dentist

One fantastic benefit of veneers is that there shouldn’t be a very long recovery process. Once you’re fitted and the anaesthetics used are worn off you should be able to carry on as you usually would do. You may begin with feeling little rough spots but these are very normal and nothing to worry about. It’s just extra bits of cement usually these will go away of their own accord within a week or so. Of course if you are worried your dentist is only a phone call away.

Veneers last anywhere between five to twenty years depending on the style you’ve opted for and most importantly – how well you look after them. Best practices when it comes to veneers are: avoid chewing/biting on any hard objects at all – this includes pens, finger nails, and lids. If you can avoid biting down on your front teeth to chew do. If you are someone who’s known to grind their teeth at night it’s really important you invest in a night guard. During any sports you should be wearing a gum guard – but this is true even without veneers and finally good oral health care.

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