The Different Types of Dental Veneers

How veneers can create great new smiles quickly!

Dental veneers have grown in popularity over the years as a method of attaining beautifully white teeth quickly. Whilst a tooth whitening procedure is sufficient for most people, it will probably not give the patient the same beautifully uniform smile as veneers, albeit it is worth adding that good results are available with modern methods.

dental veneers to enhance smilesFor those who want perfect white teeth or for those who have smoked heavily or drunk a lot of red wine, a tooth whitening procedure may not have the full effect. Consequently many turn to the next option to attain those perfect teeth i.e. the veneer. Dental veneers are guaranteed to give a patient the whiteness that they desire as they are custom made for each patient. As they are also used sometimes to hide cracks, it may be that the patient will not want them to be a perfect white but to be the same colour as the rest of their teeth. Again this is no problem as the veneers are bespoke for each client and the precise shading can be specified before the manufacture process.

Consumer statistics suggest that a high proportion of patients who visit a cosmetic dentist in London will do so to get great looking whiter teeth and on many occasions, dental veneers are chosen to achieve this. There are also a number of options to choose from when having veneers fitted.

Composite Dental Veneers:

Composite dental veneers are usually fitted in a single visit to the dentist and whilst the appearance can be of a similar quality to other types, they lack in strength and are more likely to break than other types. For this reason, relatively few dentists recommend them.

Porcelain Dental Veneers:

Porcelain dental veneers are by far the most commonly used veneer. They can be made into very thin shells which are then placed on the front of the teeth after a corresponding amount of enamel has been removed from the tooth. These are usually fitted on the second visit to the dentist. The first visit allows the dentist to determine the exact shape and requirements and the findings are them sent to a dental laboratory in order to be manufactured.

Temporary Dental Veneers

These are rarely used by dentists but do have their uses on a cosmetic only basis. For example, if you are due to do your ‘once in a lifetime’ TV appearance, these temporary dental veneers which are made from a resin type material can be placed on top of your present teeth and can easily be removed later on.

One factor to consider when having dental veneers, and especially the porcelain ones which are placed to last for a long time, is that if you only apply these to some of your teeth and then later have a tooth whitening procedure, this will not affect the porcelain veneer and you can end up with mismatched shading.

Overall though, dental veneers can be an excellent way to a great new smile and to cover up any cracks and imperfections on the surface of your teeth.

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