Dental veneers are becoming increasingly popular as they can repair, protect and improve the overall appearance of teeth. This simple and minimally invasive treatment is very versatile as it can fix many problems at once without the need for more invasive or expensive procedures.
Dental veneers in Kent are offered by many practices, including Staplehurst Dental Practice. Since they are usually made of durable porcelain they can last for many years, without needing to be replaced. This makes them great value for money.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells used to reconstruct the natural look of the teeth, while at the same time providing strength and support comparable to natural tooth enamel. Dental veneers are a less invasive treatment option compared to crowns, braces or fillings. They can be used to disguise slightly gappy, overcrowded or mildly misaligned teeth and cover minor flaws such as discolouration, fractures and chips.
What to expect with dental veneers in Kent
During an initial consultation a dentist will assess the health of the patient’s teeth and gums and help them decide whether porcelain veneers are the best treatment option. Porcelain veneers look like the rest of the teeth and have the ability to diffuse the light the same way natural teeth do.
At the next appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth by removing a small layer of tooth enamel to accommodate the veneer. The amount of tooth removed varies for each patient.
Although porcelain veneers are very thin, preparing the teeth helps them blend in seamlessly with the other teeth. Once the tooth is prepared, impressions are taken and sent to a specialised dental lab, where dental veneers are created to match the shape and colour desired by the patient.
When they are ready, the dentist will carefully bond the veneer to the tooth with a strong adhesive and ensure that it fits comfortably.
Another visit to the dentist may be required in order to ensure that the veneers have blended comfortably with the rest of the teeth. Comfortable veneers are long-lasting veneers.
The dentist will recommend avoiding certain foods and beverages that may stain or discolour the veneers including coffee, tea or red wine.