Dental Veneers: Everything You Need To Know

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Article by Dr Raha Sepehrara
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Dental veneers are more popular than ever. Driven by a growing awareness of the treatment from TikTok and Instagram influencers and an increased acceptance of cosmetic dentistry, more people than ever are looking for their own “celebrity smile”, and veneers are one of the best ways to get it!

Made from porcelain, dental veneers are a treatment option which gives your smile a uniform and healthy appearance. We use veneers to correct various aesthetic concerns and give smiles a makeover. 

But what do you need to know about veneers before getting the treatment? What happens during the dental veneer procedure? And how can you ensure your porcelain veneers last as long as possible? 

This guide will talk you through the basics of dental veneers and discuss the steps you should take to find out whether this is the right treatment option for you. 

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are sometimes compared to false nails. They are fine porcelain coatings which are applied to the front and sides of your teeth to give them a completely new look. 

Each dental veneer we place is custom-made to fit your smile. We match the colour, texture, shape, and size of each veneer so it looks natural and gives a balanced appearance. 

What Can Dental Veneers Fix?

There are many different reasons to choose dental veneers. While veneers give your smile a bright, healthy, and uniform look, they are also useful for covering several issues like cracks, chips, stains, and discolouration. They also improve the texture and shape of your teeth and can close small gaps. 

How Are Dental Veneers Placed?

We place veneers in two stages. The first stage prepares your teeth for the veneers. Because we’re adding a thin layer of porcelain to your teeth, we need to remove a small amount of enamel to ensure they don’t appear too large. 

We’ll then take impressions of your teeth to create your beautiful bespoke veneers. Once the lab has made these, the second stage of your veneer placement will occur. During this step, we bond your veneers to your teeth. 

Is Dental Veneer Placement Painful?

Dental veneer placement doesn’t hurt. Before your procedure, we will give you an anaesthetic. This ensures a pain and discomfort-free experience. 

Can Dental Veneers Chip?

Just like your natural teeth, dental veneers can chip if proper care is not taken. Although porcelain is durable, you should avoid biting or chewing non-food items. 

Can You Whiten Dental Veneers?

When we create your veneers, we will colour-match them to any visible natural teeth. Because they are made from porcelain, you cannot use teeth whitening treatments on dental veneers. 

If you plan on whitening teeth that are not receiving veneers, it’s best to do this before your veneers are placed. That way, we can ensure the exact shade is achieved across your entire smile. 

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

With the proper care and attention, your new smile should last for around ten years. Once veneers become worn or damaged, they can be replaced. 

How Do You Care for Dental Veneers?

Alongside avoiding chewing and biting any hard objects, there are no special care requirements for dental veneers. Although the veneers may protect the front and sides of your teeth, your smile is still at risk from tooth decay and gum disease. 

Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are all important for removing food particles and fighting the bacteria that cause cavities. If tooth decay or gum disease sets it, it could impact the stability of your veneers. 

We also suggest visiting us for checkups twice yearly and seeing our hygienist for a professional cleaning. During these vital appointments, we’ll monitor the condition of your veneers and provide you with the support needed to maintain their appearance. 

Dental Veneers in Nottingham

Dental veneers are a simple, smile-enhancing treatment that gives you an instant confidence boost. If you’re considering dental veneers, we recommend booking a consultation to determine whether they’re right for you. 

Call today to schedule your appointment.

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