Spring is veneer!12th April 2016
Get in the mood for the sunny delights of spring with our nifty little cover ups for less than perfect teeth. If your teeth are disappointingly discoloured and you are seeking a longer lasting alternative to tooth whitening or they are misaligned, gappy or broken, keep these little problems to yourself by hiding them away with our wafer thin veneers. Normally placed on the upper or lower front teeth, these veneers act pretty much like false nails but are thankfully tooth coloured rather than a glossy red – that would look terrifying! The restorative shell-like covers are made from high quality porcelain or composite and fit neatly over the front surface of the tooth.
How do veneers work?
• We will remove just a small scraping of enamel so there will be space for the veneer to fit and it will eventually look and feel great.
• As your veneer is custom made, we take an impression of this prepared tooth and check the colour of your teeth so it will eventually fit right in.
• Then it’s just a matter of waiting for your top quality, natural looking veneer to be produced in a renowned Glasgow based lab.
• When ready, and after your tooth has been given a good clean, the veneer is checked for fit. When we know it will be happy in its new home, we bond it to the front of the tooth using dental cement, speeding up this solidifying process with a special ‘curing’ light.
A lighter option
Veneers are super thin, but we can go even thinner with Lumineers®– an ultra-slim version that is only as thick as a contact lens. Despite their skinny properties, Lumineers® are super strong and made from a special kind of porcelain. As they are so thin, even less of the tooth enamel needs to be removed and in some cases we may not have to remove any enamel at all. Also if minimal or no prep is required then there is no need for an anaesthetic, which can only be a good thing.
Despite their strength veneers will need a little looking after, and it’s a good idea not to put them under too much stress. Lay off chewing your fingernails or the end of your pencil and it might be wise to avoid very hard foods (say no to nut brittle!) as these can all chip or break the veneer. Using your teeth as an opening device is a no-no, so beer bottle top removing is banned, as is cracking nutshells with your newly restored gnashers. But don’t be afraid to give them a good brushing and flossing, you need to keep on top of your oral hygiene for the sake of all your teeth. And if you pay a little attention to veneer maintenance there’s no reason why they shouldn’t keep up their smile enhancing duties for several years.