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Veneers in London Waterloo

Lumineers are a specific type of porcelain veneer. They are increasingly popular with smile conscious young women and men in London. At Whites Dental, we provide some of the latest cosmetic dentistry treatments such as veneer treatments (including noprep veneers and Lumineers). We are conveniently located in London Waterloo, adjacent to Southwark Station or a 10-15min walk from London Bridge tube station.

Dental veneers or braces treatments are two of the most popular smile correction procedures in the world. Both treatments are very different in their approach and can be used to correct multiple issues faced by the patient.

Veneers

There are several procedures to reshape odd-looking teeth. The chair time, durability, and cost factor are different for each of them. Out of all the options, dental bonding with tooth-coloured resin, dental crowns, and veneers-based procedures happen to be the most recommended ones. But, veneers-based method is considered as least invasive.

A dental veneer is a porcelain shell that is specifically tailor-made to fit perfectly on the enamel of your tooth. It offers resilience, strength and help in getting back the natural look of the affected tooth. Cosmetic dentists will often recommend a veneer in order to restore chipped/misshapen teeth, align crooked teeth, balance discoloration and also to eliminate spaces and gaps between them. Most importantly, the thin pieces of porcelain help in creating a uniform, white smile. Once it is bonded with the enamel, the porcelain material of the veneer become very durable and strong.

Veneers can be 0.5 mm thick. Before bonding dental veneer to your tooth, a tiny amount of tooth enamel may have to be removed. The treatment is irreversible. However, it is less intrusive as compared to say braces and dental crowns. Broadly speaking, there are two forms of dental veneer – depending on the condition of your tooth, your cosmetic dentist may suggest porcelain or composite resin veneers.

The procedure requires two or three visits. Typically, the cosmetic dentist will check the condition of your teeth first and take x-rays of the affected teeth. A plan is created accordingly. The teeth are prepared; parts of enamel are sharpened and removed during the second visit. At the same time, the cosmetic dentist will also takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to the laboratory for getting the veneers manufactured. During the final visit, the veneers are bonded to the surface of the teeth.

Lumineers (veneers without grinding teeth)

Even Hollywood stars with a good set of teeth opt for Lumineers cosmetic dentistry to get a permanent lighter colour, and to resolve teeth alignment issues.

Lumineers are ultra-thin veneers, manufactured by lab. They are known as no-prep veneers or reversible veneers. A certified dental care expert can perform the procedure and fit the fierce Hollywood smile Lumineers on the tooth. Their thickness is around 0.3 mm. Lumineers are often used to fix crooked teeth without having to undertake braces treatment. Cosmetic dentists prefer to use Lumineers as a bridge between teeth to close a gap as well. Lumineers are not recommended in case if the patient’s affected teeth are severely stained.The process can be completed in a single or two visits to the dental office.

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What are the advantages of veneers or Lumineers?

  • It is considered as the attest cosmetic teeth shaping process as veneers mimic natural teeth.
  • Even drinking too much coffee or tea or smoking cigarette does not cause stains on them.
  • Cosmetic dentists have the ability to choose multiple white shades for a dental veneer. It helps to ensure the patient’s smile appears natural.
  • Dental veneers and Lumineers can be a suitable alternative to crowns in some cases.

Can dental veneers replace orthodontic treatment?

Both dental veneers and braces treatment help people regain their lost smile. However, the big difference is that braces treatment can straighten your natural teeth whereas Lumineers act as an overlay on your teeth. Traditional fixed metal braces do not need any introduction as they have been in use for several decades now. Braces are cemented on the affected teeth and tightened with wires to slowly correct the misalignment during the duration of the treatment. Clear braces realign teeth without affecting chewing ability and day to day functions.

Patients prefer minimally invasive dentistry

Some individuals are also allergic to metals like gold, titanium, or nickel. Therefore they often postpone their treatment in order to avoid a mouth full of metal braces. Also, people who suffer from dental phobia usually want to spend as little time as possible in a dental surgery. Braces can often limit eating certain types of foods while undertaking braces treatment. Wearing fixed metal braces can also results in impaired speech and psychological discomfort. Clear braces or aligners do provide a better alternative to traditional braces; however, not everyone appreciates wearing the aligners throughout the day. Both braces and clear aligners need to remain in place for several years in most of the cases.

During the 1990s, orthodontic braces were usually the only viable option for correcting teeth misalignment and imperfections. Fortunately, these days, veneers can be used instead of braces to handle alignment and imperfection issues. It is suitable for patients whose teeth and oral health is not in place to sustain the wear and tear caused by metallic braces. As we have mentioned earlier in the article, thin porcelain veneers are crafted carefully and bonded on to your existing teeth. The treatment offers instant results, unlike braces, that may remain on teeth for few months to years in some cases. It is advisable to let one of our cosmetic specialist determine the pros and cons of both options depending on the number of affected teeth and overall oral health.

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If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers, please don’t hesitate to contact Whites Dental today by calling 0208 616 0590. We offer free consultations for porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments.

You can also find more information

on veneers on our homepage– https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/cosmetic-dentistry/

Regardless of what type of veneer you are looking for – at Whites Dental, our cosmetic dentists will be able to suggest the right cosmetic dentistry treatment for you – that could include noprep veneers, Lumineers, porcelain veneers and even composite bonding. We are based in London Waterloo and a short, quick walk from London Bridge and Elephant and Castle.