Dental Veneers – Frequently Asked Questions

Our Harley Street Dental Team Answer Your Questions

We have many years of experience with fitting dental veneers for Harley Street patients and as you might imagine, a number of questions have come up time and again. We have attempted to answer most of these here and we hope you find our guidance useful.

First, a very brief introduction to dental veneers. Essentially, in layman terms, these can be thought of in a similar manner to false fingernails in that they are a very fine layer of tooth shaped porcelain which is placed on the front of a prepared tooth. This restores the whiteness and generally, the aesthetics of teeth in the front of our mouth.

Why Might I need Dental Veneers?

The most popular reason for veneers is simply to improve the appearance of the front teeth. In many cases this is for tooth whitening purposes. Whilst a tooth whitening procedure is usually the first step for most patients, there are cases such as in those people who have badly stained teeth through years of smoking, that a tooth whitening procedure will only go so far in restoring the whiteness. In cases like this, dental veneers are an excellent option.

Is the Procedure Painful?

No, you will be given a local anaesthetic and when this has taken effect, a very fine layer will be removed from the front of the teeth to prepare them for the fitting of the veneers. Once this has been done, impressions will be taken so as to ascertain the correct thickness the veneers will need to be. These impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers will be manufactured.

During this period of time, temporary veneers will be fitted to protect the teeth. When the final veneers are returned, the temporary veneers will be removed and the new ones fitted and trimmed and polished for a perfect finish.

Whilst the procedure is not painful, some patients do experience an increase in sensitivity in their teeth for a short period of time after the fine layer of enamel has been removed from their teeth. This is only temporary however, and returns to normal soon afterwards.

How Strong are Dental Veneers?

Typically made from porcelain, veneers are quite strong and should be able to take general wear and tear. However, common sense should prevail and it would be foolish to use them to bite down on hard objects as this may cause them to detach. For this reason, chewing pencils or pens, for example, is ill advised, but for general use, veneers should serve their purpose well.

How Long Do They Last?

Typically, veneers should last up to ten years although this is likely to vary from person to person and, to some extent, will depend on and individuals lifestyle and even the types of food they eat.

Are Veneers Only Used to Whiten Teeth?

No, although this is perhaps their most obvious use, they are also used to cover cracked or chipped teeth to give a better appearance. They can also be used for closure of gaps between the front teeth.

For more information or to arrange a consultation with our Harley Street Dentist, please call us on 020 7580 9541 or email us at linda@77harleystreet.co.uk.

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