Have you ever wondered how Hollywood A-listers achieve their amazing smiles? Many of the smiles you see flashed on the red carpet have been perfected with porcelain veneers.
If you compare images of celebrities before they became famous and the way they look now, the big difference is often a smile that owes its brilliance to veneers.
But you don’t have to be an A-lister to achieve smile-perfection.
If your smile is making you feel self-conscious because of gaps, chips, discolouration or crookedness, your dentist may recommend veneers as the best solution.
Porcelain veneers or ceramic veneers are made from very thin strips of ceramic material that are of the same colour, or lighter, than your existing teeth. Opting for porcelain rather than resin veneers is a popular choice because they can be more natural-looking and reflect the light in the same way that your teeth do when you smile.
Veneers are fitted over your existing teeth. Much of the work to make sure that your veneers give you a brilliant smile you’ll love takes place at the preparation stage. If you decide to choose veneers, you will generally need two or three visits to your dentist. During the first stage, your dentist will consult with you to find out the result you are hoping to achieve
Following this, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a very thin layer of tooth enamel and reshaping the surface of your existing teeth. They will also take impressions of your mouth and teeth so that a bespoke set of veneers can be created in our on-site laboratory.
Your dentist will fit your permanent veneers when they are ready, trimming them to achieve a perfect fit against your existing teeth.
Your teeth will be given a thorough clean and polish before the tooth surface is roughened slightly to make sure that the veneers bond strongly and securely. When your dentist has your veneers in the correct position, they will be fixed into place through the use of dental cement before a light cure is used to make sure they are secure.
Your dentist is likely to ask that you make a follow-up appointment to see how your existing teeth and gums are adjusting to your new veneers and make sure that no further adjustments are necessary.
Many people opt for veneers because they want a brighter, whiter smile, as well as a more even look. But, teeth aren’t actually naturally bright white. Natural teeth are actually varying shades of grey-white or yellow-white. You can choose a shade to match your existing teeth or an all-out Hollywood smile. Your dentist will consult with you about the look you would like to achieve as well as making sure that your chosen shade will go with your skin tone.
In short, no. You may have a tooth which is causing a particular problem because you chipped it when you were younger, for example, or because it is a different colour to the rest of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to veneer that tooth so it matches the colour of your natural teeth.
You do need to think about your veneers as a long-term commitment. Veneers should last for at least 10 years, with most veneers lasting for up to 20 years or even more. To make sure that your veneers look good for as long as possible, you should practise proper oral care and have regular dental check-ups. With the right care, your veneers should last you for many years, creating a smile you are proud to show off.
Call 0800 849 4959 to find out whether veneers could perfect your smile.