How do I get dental veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an irreversible dental procedure, so it’s important that you speak to your Portman Dental & Implant Clinic dentist. They will discuss all your options and thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. If you are having porcelain veneers fitted then this will usually take two appointments, as the veneers are created to your unique specification in a dental laboratory.
During your first visit, your dentist will clean your teeth (or tooth) and note the correct shade for your veneers. A small amount of enamel is removed at this stage in order to adhere your veneers to your natural teeth. An impression of your teeth is then made to send to the laboratory while a temporary veneer is provided. Once your custom-made porcelain veneers arrive at your Scunthorpe practice you are ready to have them permanently fitted. Teeth are cleaned and polished and the new, porcelain veneers are fitted using a special adhesive which requires light-curing for at least 60 seconds. After this, any excess material is removed and your teeth are tidied and polished to ensure the perfect, natural finish.
As composite veneers are moulded directly onto your teeth, these can be applied in one visit, so you can walk away with a new smile the same day. After your teeth have been prepared, a resin is applied and moulded to your teeth. You can trust that your Portman Dental & Implant Clinic dentist is highly skilled in the art of sculpting the resin to look at natural as possible.
How do I care for my dental veneers?
About one to two weeks after your dental veneers have been fitted, your dentist will see you for a review to make sure that you are happy with the look and feel of them, examine your gums and answer any queries you may have.
Treat your dental veneers as you would your own teeth, by brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste and flossing twice a day. Dental veneers, just like your enamel, can become stained. You can keep them looking pearly white by limiting the amount of black coffee you drink, giving up smoking and avoiding foods that may stain. Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain, but you should be careful when eating particularly hard foods – porcelain is a kind of glass, so while strong it is also brittle.
Dental veneers will usually need to be replaced at some point, but by keeping up a good oral hygiene routine you can ensure that they last for as long as possible. By visiting your dentist for a check up at least once a year, and booking regular appointments with your Portman Dental & Implant Clinic hygienist, you will ensure that your veneers stay in the best possible condition.
If you think that dental veneers are for you, make an appointment today with Portman Dental & Implant Clinic on 01724 842054 for a consultation to further discuss your options.