Are Dental Veneers Natural Looking?
Your smile, and subsequently your teeth, are one of the first things people notice about you.
Unfortunately, we all know that this first impression is lasting. This can be extremely worrying if your smile reveals teeth that are somewhat less than perfect. Imperfections such as chipped, discoloured or misaligned teeth can negatively impact self-confidence.
As a result, you may hide your smile behind your hand, avoid eating in public, and feel uncomfortable in social situations.
These are some of the primary reasons why many patients want to rectify their tooth imperfections and increase their confidence.
This article looks at veneers, the types available, and whether they provide the natural look you want.
You may find that our dentists and the veneer services we provide are the answer to the smile transformation you’ve been dreaming about.
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What Are Veneers
Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain fittings that are bonded onto the front surface of the tooth. A range of different types of veneers are available to address different issues.
Veneers provide a fast and effective solution for those who want to be guaranteed long-lasting results.
Although there are a variety of pros and cons for both types (including cost, sustainability, personal preference, etc.), generally, porcelain veneers are the most popular choice.
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and can more easily mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth, meaning they often look more natural.
Benefits Of Veneers
Natural-looking veneers, while aesthetically pleasing, are not only used to correct a range of cosmetic imperfections but also to improve oral health.
For example, veneers can be used to treat enamel abrasion or erosion and weakened or chipped teeth also benefit from the strengthening properties of veneers.
Below are some examples of how veneers are beneficial to oral health.
- Discoloured teeth
Natural teeth become discoloured for several reasons. Stains caused by certain foods and drinks, age or excessive fluoride exposure may be to blame.
Of course, you could make changes to your diet and try to avoid your favourite foods or try bleaching treatments. However, veneers are an excellent way to cover stained teeth and restore your smile to its former glory.
- Uneven/Worn/Broken teeth
Veneers can be used to restore uneven, worn or broken teeth. These issues can directly impact our health. For example, damaged teeth can negatively impact the way we chew our food, increase wear and tear, cause pain, increase the risk of loose teeth, cause jaw pain and even migraines.
- Gaps/Small Teeth
Gaps between your teeth can make it difficult to clean properly, thus affecting your oral hygiene. This can result in issues such as periodontal disease (loose teeth) and gum disease, which are caused by excess plaque and the build-up of bacteria.
Dental veneers are an excellent remedy for this issue as they can be custom made to suit the exact shade and size of the tooth you require.
Types Of Veneers At Bespoke SmileRealistic, natural-looking veneers are popular for many people, including celebrities, to enhance their smiles and oral health.
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, we offer a range of dental veneer types made from different materials to suit each patient’s treatment needs. In addition to their extensive range, they also offer signature porcelain veneers created by their team of master ceramists and lab technicians.
Porcelain veneers are more durable than other veneers and are considered one of the best solutions for simultaneously enhancing your smile and oral health. They are resistant to stains, chips, and cracks. However, they can be more expensive, but the results you see in your new smile are definitely worth the price.
At Bespoke Smile, porcelain veneers are custom-made to suit each tooth, creating the perfect smile.
Lumineers are ultra-thin veneers of 0.2 mm, typically made from a thin ceramic composite. They are very light, don’t require any trimming of the natural tooth, and can be easily removed. They are often used to improve the overall appearance of a specific tooth or multiple teeth.
Made from composite resin materials (tooth material), composite dental veneer shells are placed over your teeth to disguise damaged enamel or discolouration. They are considered the best option in terms of price compared to porcelain, but they are also less durable. In fact, with the correct dental care routine, they can last a long time.
Emax veneers (Hollywood veneers) are one of Bespoke Smile’s custom-made veneers. Created using pressed ceramic (lithium disilicate), the veneer is ultra-thin, super light and slightly translucent, giving the teeth a more natural look. This veneer is a natural-looking material that makes them extremely popular. In addition, they are strong and durable and can last for twenty years and more with the correct care.
This kind of veneer is made from ultra-thin dental ceramic, which is bonded to the tooth surface, and thanks to improvements in technology, they can look just like natural teeth. These veneers are considered the better option for preserving dental tissue, as only a small amount of natural tooth enamel is removed in the process.
They usually require two consultations to fit and are probably the closest thing to instant veneers that you can get.
Most people focus on applying veneers to their front teeth for aesthetic reasons. Your implant clinic dentist can advise you on the best techniques for your specific dental concerns.
Natural-looking veneers provide a wonderful finish to your new smile, so long as they are correctly applied and aftercare is adequately maintained. The veneers themselves are made in a dental laboratory, much the same way dental crowns are made.
Let’s have a look at how the veneer procedure works and get you started on your path to a new and natural smile!
The Veneers Procedure ExplainedAlthough you may be in a hurry to improve the look of your smile, the veneer process, while fast and effective, does require a little careful planning.
At Bespoke Smile, patient cases are evaluated carefully to ensure they meet the criteria for the veneer process and provide the appropriate recommendations.
Realistic, natural-looking veneers are a good option for treating misshapen teeth, gaps, chipped, broken, discoloured, and uneven teeth.
However, candidates should have healthy teeth and gums as well as an adequate amount of tooth enamel, as some tooth preparation may be required.
Furthermore, unfortunately, some cases are not suitable for veneers, and other options may need to be considered, such as a dental implant for missing teeth.
Assessment and PreparationWe will hand-design a bespoke trial smile made of composite resin on the teeth you wish to improve and provide a gum lift and shaping using our pain-free laser technology. This technique is rarely offered by cosmetic dentists as it is extremely difficult to do and has been around for many years.
Our dentists are internationally trained and highly experienced in this totally bespoke technique..
Our team at The Bespoke Smile aim to discuss with you and understand all of your concerns – whether you are worried about any pain during the treatment or the end result, we are here for you..
Following an introductory discussion, we will conduct an in-depth health assessment. We will look at each and every tooth, assess your gums, and analyse your bite..
We also check for any speech, bite, or chewing issues that can be remedied with cosmetic dentistry to ensure that your treatment is effective and long-lasting..
We then complete a Cosmetic Smile Analysis, which might include scans and photographs to understand your complete oral situation..
3 Step Treatment PlanBespoke Smile patients are provided with a three-step treatment plan. The reason for this is to ensure they are comfortable and happy throughout the entire process and that the final result is of the high quality the client is expecting..
- Trial Smile: During your trial smile visit, we will hand-design a bespoke trial smile made of composite resin for you to see the estimated end result. During this visit, you may receive a gum lift and oral shaping using our pain-free laser technology.
- Bespoke Shape and Colour Match: This visit is very important because it will give you the opportunity to tailor your smile to be exactly what you are looking for. We will assess the shapes, symmetry, angles, feel, bite, and texture of the trial smile and decide on the bespoke features that you would like to incorporate. The colour of your veneers is also chosen on this visit.
- The Fitting Visit: The trial smile is removed painlessly and smoothly, and the final veneers are permanently fitted to the teeth. This is followed by a comprehensive bite balancing assessment to ensure the mouth is healthy and stable.
Frequently Asked Questions.
How Long Do Veneers Last?.
The lifetime of your veneers depends on the level of aftercare and maintenance you provide. With proper care, regular appointments, and annual dental checkups, you can ensure your veneers natural-looking beauty and prolong their life for up to twenty years..
What Criteria Do I Need To Meet To Get Veneers?.
If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth using realistic, natural-looking veneers, you need to have healthy teeth and gums.. During the initial consultation, we will assess your oral health..
Can I Get Veneers if I Grind My Teeth?.
Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, can be highly damaging to natural teeth. Natural-looking veneers are an excellent solution for covering the damage caused by teeth grinding and can also correct and change bite patterns. Book A Free Consultation!