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Veneers in London Waterloo

Your smile is usually one of the first features that most people will notice. What happens if a tooth needs some slight treatment to make your smile shine? That’s where a dental veneer comes into play and could help to enhance your smile. Dental veneers are a good option for addressing a number of physical and aesthetic problems with your teeth. At Whites Dental in London Waterloo, we can help with your cosmetic dentistry needs.

What is a Dental Veneer?

A veneer is a wafer-thin tooth-shaped shell, which is usually made from porcelain or composite. It is used as a permanent change to correct tooth imperfections, such as chipped, cracked or stained teeth. They are bonded to the front surface of a tooth using dental cement.

Because veneers are permanent, it is important to get all the information and weigh the pros and cons before deciding to get them.

Pros

  1. Easily Whiten Your Smile

Years and years of having red wine, coffee, smoking tobacco products like cigarettes or eating pigmented food items can finally take a toll on the teeth, turning your teeth colour to yellow or brown. Stained enamel can be whitened at home or by your dentist, but can become stained again. If you want to find an easier way to whiten your teeth and smile, dental veneers could be a good alternative for you. Veneers are typically stain-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about discoloration or needing to have your veneers whitened.

  1. Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems

Veneers can repair chipped or cracked teeth as well as disguise gaps between teeth, minor misalignment and/or discoloration — basically they help correct many cosmetic dental issues!

Veneers are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth using dental adhesive — so while they don’t change the position of your teeth, they do camouflage minor orthodontic problems once they’re applied. Your natural teeth may still be gapped or crooked, but nobody apart from your dentist and yourself will know.

It is important to note that veneers cannot always replace orthodontic treatment and your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist if he or she feels like it would be a better option instead of placing veneers.

  1. Replace Damaged Enamel

Enamel is strong but not indestructible. Over the years, your enamel may become worn down from overenthusiastic tooth brushing or eaten away by highly acidic foods and drinks. Damaged enamel can become a source for concern because lost enamel doesn’t grow back. Fortunately, you can replace it. Veneers are an excellent option for teeth with enamel abrasion or enamel erosion — and they look great, too!

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Cons

  1. High Cost

The price of veneers will usually vary depending on your location. Other variants include the years of experience of your dentist and the number of teeth you want restored, but one thing is true: they are often expensive.

  1. Increased Sensitivity

Some individuals experience an increase in tooth sensitivity after getting veneers. It is usually normal to feel some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures at the beginning after your procedure, but it usually goes away after a few days. Tooth sensitivity can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but with the right products, you can easily manage it.

  1. It’s Irreversible

To place veneers properly, your dentist will need to change the structure of your natural teeth. It’s permanent because you cannot restore the enamel shaved down before placement. However, you should also keep in mind that a dental veneer eventually needs to be replaced with another one. Veneers on average, last around 10 years — or you may choose an alternative dental restoration option at the time to take their place.

Dental veneers are an excellent way to hide discoloured, chipped, crooked or damaged teeth, but it’s important to do some research and consider the pros and cons that come with the territory before getting them. Book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in London in order to find out if veneers could be a good solution for improving your smile.

What are the alternatives to veneers?

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Alternative options to veneers are:

  • Composite bonding– is a non-invasive, fast procedure which can usually be done in a single appointment. A composite resin material is attached and moulded on to your tooth in order to restore its shape and colour. It produces very good results.
  • Dental crowns– a dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that a cosmetic dentist places over a tooth in order to restore its function. A crown will function and feel just like any of your other teeth. And if you choose to have a porcelain crown, it will be almost indistinguishable from your other teeth.
  • Orthodontics– removable or fixed braces can be used to straighten misaligned teeth and close gaps. Advances in orthodontics mean that braces can now be virtually naked to the eye such as Invisalign.

If you are considering having porcelain veneers to improve your teeth and smile, why not book a complementary consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists in London? Our cosmetic team will be more than happy to provide you advise and suggest suitable treatment options for your smile. We cosmetic dentists will love to show you how veneers can create a beautiful, natural smile for you.

You can also find more information

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

At Whites Dental, we have some of the London’s leading cosmetic dentists working with usproviding porcelain veneer and composite veneers, and dental bonding treatments to patients near us in London Waterloo, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London City andLondon Bridge. This page provides information on what are the pros and cons of veneers.