Dental Veneers for Patients in the West Midlands
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a flexible treatment that can both improve the physical appearance of your teeth and help protect your teeth from damage. A veneer is a specialist substance layered on top of your tooth or teeth to disguise discolouration or other flaws and keep your teeth healthier for longer.
What Are Dental Veneers Made Of?
Veneers are made from one of two types of materials: porcelain or composite. Composite veneers can be fitted directly — where they will be built and placed immediately by your dentist — or indirectly. Indirect veneers require a mould to be taken of your teeth, which will be sent to a lab to build veneers that are exactly matched to your teeth and gums.
You’ll then need to return to your dentist to have the veneers placed using a special glue. Porcelain veneers will always require a mould to be taken, but, while it’s the more time-consuming option, it does allow for a better aesthetic result. Porcelain is sometimes favoured as it is a more durable material and is less likely to stain than composite.
Are There Different Types of Dental Veneers?
Veneers are sometimes referred to as dental crowns. A crown covers the entire surface of the tooth and provides a larger area for the glue to stick to the crown. While crowns require a certain amount of drilling and other tooth preparation, they create a more permanent fix, as they offer more support for the veneer.
Alternatively, veneers can be a laminate, which is a thin layer that covers the surface of the tooth. Laminate veneers are typically used for aesthetic purposes, such as to reduce discolouration or create the appearance of even spaces between your teeth. Laminate veneers are less invasive, as they require less, or even no, drilling, but don’t offer the same degree of reliability as a dental crown — if the glue stops working, the veneer can fall off.
Another alternative is Lumineers. These are a brand of veneers that are custom-made and manufactured to be both thin and strong. They are naturally transparent and are simply stuck to the surface of the tooth, creating an aesthetic appeal. It’s important to consult with your local dentist when considering Lumineers, as they are not appropriate for every patient.
Some patients request gold veneers. These cover and protect your teeth, but it’s important to discuss them with your dentist, as they can cause irritation, which may lead to future complications.
How Are Veneers Fixed?
In the cases where a veneer can be fitted directly — such as with composite veneers — your dentist will be able to measure your teeth and fit the veneer immediately.
In other situations, such as if you’re having a porcelain crown fitted, precise measurements need to be taken and impressions made of your teeth. Once the lab has custom-made your veneers, they will be carefully attached using dental cement — a special type of glue used on teeth.
Advantages for Patients of The Dentist Walsall
Veneers are a popular option for many patients due to its wide application. Veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth by hiding stains or creating a well-spaced appearance. If crooked teeth are a purely cosmetic issue and don’t pose any other potential danger, veneers are a viable alternative to getting braces or other orthodontic treatments.
A veneer adds an additional layer of protection to the tooth, providing a solution for fractured teeth or teeth where the enamel — the protective covering on the tooth — has been worn away from acid and sugary foods and drinks.
For our patients in the West Midlands, veneers provide a convenient alternative to more costly orthodontic or teeth whitening treatments, allowing them to attain a smile they can be proud of.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Getting veneers is a straightforward process, but it’s important to make sure it’s right for you before you go ahead. If, for example, you have gum disease or the nerve in your tooth is irritated and requires a filling, placing a veneer won’t be a viable solution. Before placing your veneers, we will conduct a full check-up of your teeth to make sure your entire mouth is clean and healthy, in order to give your veneers the best chance of success.
We also provide a free, no-obligation consultation where our dedicated team will be able to advise you on the best way to achieve the results you want. We may also be able to provide you with a diagnostic wax-up, which involves creating a physical model of what your teeth will look like at the end of treatment. This will give you a realistic expectation of what can be achieved and will be used by our dentists to achieve the results you want.
Are you considering getting dental veneers?
Call us on 01922 624900 to arrange your no-obligation consultation. We’ll help you determine if veneers are right for you and, if not, help you find the best alternative treatment. We can also explain the different types of veneers available, how much they cost and discuss our interest-free credit payment plan.