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Veneers in London Waterloo

Porcelain and composite veneers are increasingly popular with young women and men in London who are looking to improve the appearance of their smile. At Whites Dental in London Waterloo, our award winning cosmetic dentists can certainly help to create a beautiful smile for you. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures in Central London such as composite bonding, porcelain veneers and smile alignment.

Your smile is one of the first features that most people will notice. What happens if a tooth needs some minor treatment to make your smile sparkle? That’s where a dental veneer comes into play as it could help enhance your smile. Dental veneers can be a good cosmetic treatment for addressing a variety of aesthetic and physical problems with your teeth.

Are veneers worth it?

Every situation is different, so whether veneers are worth it to you depends on how you feel about your current situation, how much money you’re willing to spend, and how much of a commitment you want to make. As is the case before any irreversible treatment, talk things over first during a professional consultation to go over the pros and cons of getting veneers so you can fully understand what you’re getting yourself into. Porcelain veneers are excellent restorations. We can change the colour, shape, size, and alignment of the teeth with this technique. It is a fast and long-lasting way to accomplish a “smile makeover.” One of its advantages is the fact that you do minimal preparation to the teeth.

Benefits of porcelain veneers

Realistic appearance: One of the features of porcelain veneers contributing to their rising popularity is their optic properties. Porcelain is a ceramic that has many similar properties to the teeth’s enamel. Because of this, porcelain veneers appear natural and realistic.

Stain-resistance: Porcelain is a ceramic and is therefore quite” glass-like.” Its surface is extremely smooth and impervious. This makes porcelain veneers fairly resistant to permanent stains. Therefore, you do not need to worry about coffee, wine, or cigarette stains!

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Durability: Porcelain veneers are relatively long lasting – up to 15 years – compared to composite veneers or composite bonding (up to seven years).

Colour versatility: The colour of porcelain veneers can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.

Ease of shaping: Compared to crowns, porcelain veneer’s do not require a lot of shaping prior to the procedure. Ultra-thin veneers often need no shaping of the teeth.

Improved appearance and reinstated confidence: Porcelain veneers can help individuals with dental flaws such as crooked, discoloured teeth, or teeth with small gaps between them. Veneers dramatically change a person’s smile and, in the process, help improve self-confidence.

Cons of porcelain veneers

Artificiality: Although they look realistic, porcelain veneers are artificial teeth, which may be a problem for those desiring a more natural solution to their dental problem.

High cost: Veneers, especially porcelain veneer’s, are expensive.

Fragility: Although porcelain veneers are relatively tough, when exposed to excessive impact or force, e.g., teeth grinding, eating hard foods, they are not impervious to any chipping or breaking Repairing or replacing veneer’s then becomes an expensive endeavour.

Permanence: When it’s done, there’s no going back.

Teeth sensitivity: Since the procedure requires the removal of enamel, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.

You may not be candidate: If you have unhealthy teeth (for example you have decay or active periodontal disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), have an insufficient amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface, or suffer from bruxism (teeth clenching).

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Are veneers painful?

It’s not exactly a pain-free process, which is why before the treatment begins, you’ll be numbed with a localized anaesthesia. Regardless of whether you choose partial of full veneers, you’ll be undergoing a medical procedure, so local anaesthesia is required. Moreover, depending on how many veneers you’re getting, you could be in the chair for a few hours (for example, 10 teeth could take about three hours). You might also get bonding sensitivity, which is a reaction between your teeth and the bonding cement.

The pain it comes with can last six hours after the anaesthesia wears off, followed by a dull pain that comes in waves. Over the counter painkillers will help you ease off the pain. Days after the procedure, there is often an adjustment period where your bite might feel off and you feel zings of pain. If either occurs, see your dentist so they can make slight changes to your teeth and clear away any excess microscopic pieces of cement stuck between your teeth (this usually is the culprit for the pain). In addition to possible bonding sensitivitythere’s an overall healing process your gums go through, because they need to reform around the new teeth.

If you feel like veneer’s could be for you or if you would like more information why don’t you give us a call and book in for a free consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists? If you are looking to have a smile makeover with veneers, you can find further details in our cosmetic dentistry page

At Whites Dental in London Waterloo, we have some London’s most experienced cosmetic dentists working with usproviding bonding, veneer and smile alignment to patients around us in Elephant and Castle, London Waterloo, Southwark and London Bridge. We are based in London Waterloo, right adjacent to Southwark Tube station and very close to London Waterloo mainline train station.

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