Veneers for a Brighter Smile

Man with VeneersMany factors cause teeth discolouration. For some people who have had a root canal treatment, they sometimes notice that the affected tooth may have a darker colour than the rest of their teeth. Other reasons for discolouration include using too much fluoride and even taking certain medication. The discolouration of one or two teeth is noticeable and unsightly.

When this problem occurs, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers in Enfield.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers, also called porcelain laminates or veneers, are ‘shells’ of tooth-coloured materials. They are custom-made as wafer-thin coverings to the front of teeth. Once a veneer bonds to the front of a tooth, it may change the tooth’s colour, length, size, or shape.

What are other applications of veneers?

Apart from covering a discoloured tooth, a veneer may also be the solution to teeth that are worn down, broken, chipped, gapped, irregularly shaped, and misaligned.

Are all veneers made of porcelain?

Not all veneers are porcelain. There are also veneers made of resin composite materials. Porcelain may be the better choice, however, as they look more natural and may resist staining better than resin. Talk to your dentist about which material is better for you.

How long does it take to get veneers?

It may take from a couple of weeks to a month to get your veneers. The procedure typically involves three steps. The first step is diagnosis and planning your treatment with your dentist. At this time, you can discuss what material you want and how you want your veneers to look. Your dentist will need to make a mold of your teeth and take x-rays as well.

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The second step involves your dentist making a model of the veneer you need, then sending it to a laboratory that will make the veneer. Waiting for the veneers to arrive at the dental clinic is what usually takes the longest time in the procedure.

When you return for the third step, your dentist will bond the veneer to the tooth using a special cement, which is exposed to a special light that dries the cement and bonds the veneers quickly. This third step may take some time, as your dentist may make some adjustments to make the veneer bond to the tooth. These adjustments will also make it look more natural.

When your dentist completes the procedure, you may be pleasantly surprised by how natural the veneer looks. Don’t forget to return for a follow-up with your dentist to be sure it is not causing any problems with your gums and other teeth.