Dental Health Care
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Hertford SG13 7ED
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, very much as a false nail fits over a fingernail. Veneers can be done to restore a single tooth but also a series of veneers can be made to create a new smile. Porcelain is a cosmetic material which can be made to any shade that you desire your teeth to be, this could be a natural shade or even a Hollywood white smile.
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are very thin and are held in place by a special bond (rather like a superglue of dentistry) very little preparation of the existing tooth structure is necessary, so it can be quite a conservative treatment for such a great result. Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A veneer can also make a chipped tooth look intact again - the porcelain covers the whole front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) is not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the other teeth, or if you’re simply not happy with your smile, veneers are a great way of achieving exactly what you want.
The first thing to do is anesthetise the area so that no discomfort will be felt throughout the treatment. Part of the enamel (outer surface) of the tooth will be removed to ensure that the veneer can be bonded permanently into place later, a good retentive fit is compulsory. The amount of enamel to be removed is generally minimal but can depend, as each case may need to be treated differently. Once the tooth/teeth have been prepared, the dentist will then take an impression, this will be sent to the dental technician who along with other information will make the veneer(s). The colour of the surrounding teeth will be matched on a shade guide to make sure the veneer will look entirely natural unless a whole row of teeth are being made in which case you can choose any shade you desire, often people will whiten their lower teeth if having the upper teeth veneered, which is a more affordable way to make sure the lower teeth match the new shade of your upper teeth.