How Do Veneers Work?
Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: October 12, 2020
If you are looking for impressive results and a fast and effective way to transform your smile due to chipping, cracking or discolouration – porcelain veneers could be the answer for you.
Veneers are designed to enhance and improve the colour, size and shape of your teeth.
They can be used to transform individual teeth or an entire smile, and they are a quick and effective treatment method to leave you with a smile you can be proud of.
Veneers are designed to fit over the front of the teeth, which means the bulk of the tooth structure remains intact.
The amount of tooth structure which needs to be removed will be dependent on your teeth and mouth structure.
Are veneers right for me?
Although veneers have been used for hundreds of years and became popular amongst regular individuals rather than just celebrities in the 1950s, in the past 10 years, the interest in veneers has dramatically increased.
Normalised by celebrities, models and more recently Instagram influencers, veneers became a commonly used cosmetic dentistry treatment for anyone who isn’t happy with their smile and looking for a grin they can be proud of.
Since there are a variety of different styles patients can personalise, there is likely to be a suitable veneer option for all.
Different types of dental veneers
It is important that you are aware of the varying types of veneers available before you and your dentist make the decision regarding which type is most suitable for you.
The most common and popular type of veneer is porcelain.
Porcelain is a glass-like substance, also referred to as ceramic.
They are the most durable, natural-looking and generally, the most attractive material that is used, which is why they are also the most popular.
Another material which is commonly used is composite resin.
Composite resin is a tooth-coloured filling material that the dentist will match to your natural tooth colour.
The material is then applied to the tooth surface and sculptured directly onto your natural tooth, helping you achieve the desired appearance.
Along with the type of material chosen, there are different ‘models’ of veneers to choose from, at Bespoke Smile this includes:
At Bespoke Smile we promote and utilise a minimally invasive procedure. The best way to ensure the procedure is not detrimental to the other teeth is by using ultra-thin veneers.
Our highly trained artistic ceramists are able to produce veneers that are only 0.5mm thick.
This makes our dental veneers treatment the gold standard in terms of beauty, longevity and dental protection.
What issues can veneers target?
It is a common misconception that veneers are used solely for cosmetic purposes.
There are a number of dental issues veneers can be used to target, the cosmetic element can sometimes simply be an additional bonus! Some issues that veneers target include:
- Gaps: If gaps between the teeth are left untreated, this can lead to several issues including chewing issues that may lead to digestive problems. It may also cause you to develop bad breath, or lead to yellowing teeth and pain or bleeding in the gums. If you want to find out more about fillings/restorations click here.
- Overcrowded smiles: Crowded teeth can occur at any age. Not only is it undesirable aesthetically, but it can also lead to some oral health issues. Crowding in the teeth may force the surrounding teeth to move out of place as a result, leading to further misalignment.
- Chipped/broken teeth: If you are prone to nail-biting or you naturally grind your teeth, you may be more at risk of developing chips and cracks in your teeth. However, many people also chip their teeth through accidental damage. If you leave the broken tooth untreated, you leave it vulnerable to increased damage that might end up being harder or even impossible to fix.
- Misaligned teeth: Although many people have misaligned teeth straightened using braces when they are children, we are seeing that most of our patients are between age 30-50. Veneers are a popular treatment for patients whose main issue is misaligned teeth, since it offers additional benefits like improving discolouring and misshapen teeth, and provides a solution for adults who do not want to go through the time period of wearing braces.
- Discoloured teeth: Although teeth discolouration is natural, it can often happen at a quicker rate or more severe scale than we would like! There is nothing wrong with desiring an attractive, white smile, and wanting to enhance your appearance. Many people still choose to have veneer treatment even with teeth colour is their only concern.
Do veneers ruin your teeth?
The most common concern amongst patients when it comes to veneers is the threat of damaging your teeth from overfilling in the initial preparation stage.
However, if you choose to have your treatment done by a skilled and experienced dentist, this should not be a problem.
Most treatments only require a small amount of the enamel to be filed away.
At Bespoke Smile, we have fitted around 1000 implants in the past year, and around 4,000 veneers/crowns/bridges around 4k placed.
Are veneers permanent?
Although veneers are not a permanent solution, if treated with the care they can last up to 20 years.
For veneers to last, patients should keep the same hygiene standards that they would with their natural teeth, and arrange regular checkups with their dentist so any chips or cracks can be sealed before they become an issue.
How do veneers stay on?
After the veneers have been manufactured, your dentist will place the veneer onto your teeth and confirm you are happy with the fit and shape.
Once any required adjustments are made, the teeth will be cleaned properly and the veneer(s) bonded to the correct tooth or teeth.
Usually, dentists will use mild bonding material to make the tooth surface slightly rough, which allows the veneer to adhere to the enamel of the tooth better.
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