Do You Have A Problem With Badly Stained Teeth? - If So, Dental Veneers May Be The Answer....

How troublesome smiles are transformed at our Eltham dental clinic.

Most of you will have heard of the teeth whitening procedure and may even be familiar with what it entails. There is no doubt that this procedure has benefitted many TV personalities and film stars, and, with its affordable price making it available for a wider customer base, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that it is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments that we offer at AR Smiles.

Despite it’s undoubtable benefits, a teeth whitening procedure may not benefit some people as much as they would like. While it would have some effect, anyone whose teeth are heavily stained or has surface flaws such as chips or cracks in their tooth enamel, would probably still be somewhat disappointed with the results. All is not lost though and your local Eltham dentist can offer an alternative which is sure to put a great looking smile back on your face.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers first came about during the Hollywood era when a Californian dentist, Dr Charles Pincus developed the first ‘teeth veneers’ as a way of improving the smile of Hollywood actors, most of whom were heavy smokers at a time when the health issues were largely unknown. The problem of romantic close up shots could be resolved by using these veneers. The problem was that they were only temporary and while they did a great job from the point of view of the film, they were most definitely not a permanent solution.

The seeds had been sown though, and once the idea that you could improve a smile in this way became known, it encouraged further development until we arrive at the modern porcelain veneers that we use today.

The procedure

For those of you who are unfamiliar with veneers, they work in a similar way to a false fingernail. The biggest difference is that they often require some minor invasive dental work to be carried out.

In order to place a veneer, it is first necessary to give you a thorough check up and treat any issues such as gum disease before the treatment can take place. Once this has happened, a fine layer can then be removed from the front surface of the tooth. Impressions will then be taken and these will be used by a dental laboratory to produce your new veneers. This step usually takes a week or so and you will be provided with temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime.

Once your new veneers are ready, you will be recalled to our dental practice and the temporary veneers removed and the new ones fitted using a strong dental adhesive. They will then be trimmed and polished to give the tooth a great looking and natural appearance.

Providing that you look after your new veneers as instructed by the dentist, they can last you for around ten years or so. Once this time arrives, we can simply attach a new one for you providing that the natural part of the tooth is  still in good health.

Tips for healthy veneers

As veneers are made from porcelain, they naturally will not decay. It is important to remember though that the rest of your teeth still can and you should take good care to keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing. Failure to do so may cause the veneers to become detached and where decay has occurred, they may need to be replaced in order to fit securely.

One important point to note is that, although it is quite rare, veneers can become detached from the tooth. This is more likely to happen towards the end of its life as the adhesive loses its bonding powers. It is also more likely to happen if you are a nail biter or chew pens etc. In the rare event that this does occur, under no circumstances should you reattach it yourself using a general adhesive. These are likely to damage the teeth and cause a whole new set of problems. Should this happen to you, please contact us straight away so that we can reattach it safely and effectively for you.

Other uses

Although creating a more attractive smile is perhaps what veneers are best known for, they can also be used to protect sensitive teeth where the surface enamel has worn away, exposing the more sensitive inner part of the tooth. In some situations they may also be used for some minor orthodontic purposes, such as closing the gap between the top two front teeth (diastema).

If you have badly stained teeth or teeth that have chips and cracks that stop you from having a great looking smile, why not call us to arrange a consultation to see how we can help? Please call AR Smiles today on 020 8856 7759.

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