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Have you considered getting dental veneers to improve the look of your smile? Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite materials that are bonded to the front surface of teeth.

Ultra-thin covers are placed over the front surface of a tooth to modify its shape, size, and colour. Veneers are custom-made from porcelain or composite resin to match the existing teeth. The thin layer of veneer covers any flaws to create an ideal smile. Veneers provide a quick way to fix chips, gaps, stains, and poorly shaped teeth.

When should I get veneers?

Veneers are indicated for minor to moderate imperfections in tooth appearance, shape, or position. Good candidates for veneers have healthy teeth and gums but want to improve the look of their smile. Veneers can fix discoloration, chips, gaps, minor misalignment, worn enamel, asymmetry, and irregularly shaped teeth.

They provide a quick way to perfect your smile without extensive orthodontics. If you are unhappy with the aesthetics of your smile but have suitable oral health, veneers may be a good option.

What is the process of getting veneers?

Getting veneers involves three main steps. First, you’ll have a consultation to evaluate if you’re a candidate and discuss goals. Next, your teeth are prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel, about 0.5 to 0.7mm. This allows space for the veneer shells. Temporary veneers may be placed while the permanent ones are made. Finally, the custom veneers are bonded onto the prepared teeth with dental cement. The cement hardens under a special light, securing the veneers. You’ll need two or more appointments total before the treatment can be concluded.

What types of veneers are available?

There are two main types of veneers – porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers are made of thin ceramic and are the most common type placed by dentists. Porcelain has a life-like translucency and closely mimics the light reflectivity of natural teeth. Composite veneers are made of plastic resin materials and applied in thin layers to teeth. Composite veneers are less expensive but more prone to staining and fracturing than porcelain. Discuss the pros and cons of each with your dentist.

How long do veneers last?

With good oral care, porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years or more before needing replacement. Composite veneers have a shorter lifespan of around 5-7 years. Factors like tooth grinding, nail biting, and improper care can damage veneers and require earlier replacement. Avoiding foods and drinks that stain teeth will help veneers last longer. Visiting 33 Dental regularly will ensure any issues are caught at the earliest stage.

Do veneers damage your teeth?

Prepping your teeth for veneers does require removal of some natural tooth structure from the surface. However, modern veneer techniques only remove as little as 0.3mm to 0.5mm of enamel. This minimally invasive approach causes little damage to healthy teeth. Veneers do not affect nerves or make teeth weak. As long as your natural tooth structure is in good shape, veneers are a safe option.

Are veneers painful?

The entire veneer process should not be painful thanks to local anaesthesia. You may have some temperature sensitivity to hot and cold after getting veneers as the teeth adjust. This usually goes away within a few weeks. Follow your dentist’s instructions to shorten recovery time and avoid complications. Maintain excellent oral hygiene once you have veneers.

What foods should I avoid with veneers?

Once you have veneers, be cautious about eating foods that could damage them. Avoid excessively hard, crunchy, or chewy foods like nuts, seeds, hard sweets, ice, and popcorn. Sticky foods like caramel can potentially dislodge veneers. Limit intake of coffee, tea, red wine, and dark berries as these can stain veneers over time. Don’t chew on pens, nails or other hard objects. Cut foods carefully instead of biting into produce. Take care when eating and use your back teeth and avoid putting too much pressure on the veneered teeth.

What maintenance is required for veneers?

To maximise longevity of your veneers, be diligent about oral hygiene. Brush twice daily with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and floss carefully. Have regular professional cleans every 6 months. Limit food and drink that could stain veneers. Wear a nightguard if you grind teeth. Report any damage, discoloration, loosening or other issues immediately to your dentist. With proper home care and regular dental visits, veneers can restore your flawless smile for many years.

What are alternatives to veneers?

Alternative treatments include teeth whitening, bonding, braces, crowns, and reshaping teeth. Whitening brightens discoloured teeth whilst bonding fixes chips and gaps using composite resin. Braces straighten crooked teeth and crowns cap problem teeth. Finally, reshaping alters teeth edges. These options will be presented to you by our dentists prior to confirming the best solutions for your teeth.

How do veneers compare to other smile makeover options?

Veneers offer fast results for simple flaws compared to lengthier orthodontics. Unlike crowns, veneers don’t require significant removal of natural teeth. Temporary solutions like whitening or bonding may not achieve the same transformative effect of veneers. Evaluate options like braces, teeth whitening, reshaping, implants, and crowns with your dentist. Veneers are one solution for perfecting your smile in as little as two office visits.

If veneers are the treatment you feel your need to help restore confidence in your smile, get in touch with 33 Dental Practice today and embark on your journey to a brighter, more confident smile.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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