Dental veneers sit somewhere in between the fields of cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontics, and they are often overlooked by patients when researching treatment options.
However they can fulfil a very useful function – filling the gap when tooth whitening is not quite enough but implants, crowns or bridges are too extreme for your dental needs.
Here, the team from specialist dentists 76 Harley Street explain just what dental veneers are and what they can do for you.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are very fine pieces of porcelain, which are bonded to the enamel surface of the tooth, to create the appearance of a natural tooth.
Veneers are generally individually sculpted and shaded for each patient, so they give a very realistic natural look. They are bonded to the teeth using a specialist resin to ensure that the bond is strong enough to withstand daily life. Because of the high tech materials used to make veneers, they are often resistant to stains from coffee, tea and other foodstuffs, meaning they remain white for their duration.
Veneers don’t only improve the appearance of your teeth, they can also help to improve their functionality, as biting, chewing and even speaking can be easier with a set of strong, even teeth.
What are Veneers used for?
Some patients opt to have this procedure instead of tooth whitening treatment, as the results are more predictable and longer lasting (see above).
Generally, however, veneers are best suited to those patients who have a large number of chipped or broken teeth, or where teeth are slightly crooked or gappy, but not enough to warrant orthodontic treatment.
In these instances, porcelain veneers can be a highly effective solution, providing you with a set of bright, white, even teeth for that perfect Hollywood smile.
For more information on this and other treatments provided here at specialist dentists 76 Harley Street, please contact us.