The magic of dental veneers

For many years now, dental veneers have been used to create the ultimate smile makeover. It is possible to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into a brand-new straight white smile using dental veneers.

veneers before and after

So what exactly are dental veneers?

Many dentists describe dental veneers as being the same for your teeth as false fingernails are for your hands. Veneers can be porcelain, ceramic, or made from composite bonding material. Veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material and are cemented to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.

What treatments or problems are veneers used for?

Here are some of the reasons why patients ought for treatment with dental veneers:

Stained teeth

Badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers.  In this case the veneers are used to simply cover any existing stains on your teeth. This is a very quick and relatively inexpensive procedure.

Damaged teeth

Teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or indeed teeth that have been damaged by the continued and excessive consumption of carbonated drinks over a number of years can be hidden using veneers.  Also teeth that have been chipped or broken can also benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can be quickly repaired using composite bonding also known as composite veneers. A single damaged tooth can also be easily repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colouring as your natural teeth.

Gaps

Spaces or gaps (known in dentistry as diastimas) between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers giving you a more uniform looking smile.

Crooked teeth

Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth. In order to keep your natural teeth structure then orthodontics or Invisalign braces will probably be a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to a year or indeed longer. If however you teeth and not severely crooked then veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.

So which are better – composite veneers or porcelain veneers?

The most popular type of veneers is porcelain. Porcelain veneers offer a more durable alternative which is stronger than its composite counterpart. Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers and are prone to staining. Porcelain veneers also offer a more natural looking, translucent appearance. Whilst composite veneers cost less than porcelain veneers, they do not last as long and need replacing more often so,as a result, they could end up costing you more in the long run. Composite veneers are ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

Veneers

Veneers are one of the more popular ways of achieving a whiter smile, with many practices offering this service routinely. Essentially, veneers are thin layers of material which are placed over the teeth to improve the appearance of a smile or to protect teeth from damage.

Veneers are usually made from one of two types of material; dental porcelain or composite. Costs can vary quite widely depending on the material used and the iniial condition of the teeth, but veneers do have the advantage of being reasonably long lasting, usually reasonably priced compared to some other aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry procedures, and veneers involve pretty much minimal invasive surgical intervention. Here in Scotland, if you’re looking to source veneers Glasgow appears to be the place – there are many very well trained dentists emanating from the Glasgow Dental School.