Even badly stained and chipped teeth are not a lost cause…..
One of the quickest and easiest ways to have nicer looking teeth is to have them whitened. Add to this, the affordability of this procedure and it is not surprising that it is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment at your convenient Clapham dental clinic.
Whilst we have had hundreds of satisfied patients who have had this procedure, we have also had to inform some that their teeth were, unfortunately, not suitable for this procedure. This is generally the case where there is severe staining and/or chips and cracks visible on the teeth.
All is not lost though, and we can offer these patients hope in the form of dental veneers. These are generally not used to whiten teeth where a regular whitening procedure will suffice, but are an excellent option where this would not work to the patient’s satisfaction. Instead of whitening the actual tooth, veneers are used by our Clapham cosmetic dentists to replace the discoloured or damaged front surface of the enamel. This procedure does usually require minor invasive surgery to remove the affected front surface but this is done using a local anaesthetic and no discomfort should be experienced.
Once a very fine layer has been removed from the teeth, impressions are made, from which the veneers are produced. Temporary veneers will be placed until they are ready, in order to protect your teeth.
The final touches
Once your veneers have been returned to the Confidental Clinic, you will be recalled for the fitting. This is a straightforward process which simply involves attaching the new veneers to the front of your teeth. This is done using a very strong dental cement and no further invasive treatment is needed. Once the veneers have been attached, they will be trimmed to smooth any rough edges and polished to give them a bright and natural appearance.
With care, your new veneers should last for approximately ten years before you may need to have them replaced. However, the overall longevity varies based on lifestyle and indeed how well the veneers are looked after.
Although generally secure, and most people experience no problems with them, there are circumstances in which veneers can become detached. This usually happens when wearers have habits such as biting their fingernails, pens or any hard object. This is best avoided although most detachment causes no damage to the veneers themselves – but of course it is inconvenient. Should you experience any problems with detachment, please keep the veneer safe and contact the Confidental Clinic to have it assessed and, where possible, re-attached. Under no circumstances attempt this yourself with regular glue!
To arrange a consultation to discuss dental veneers or any other cosmetic dental procedure with us, please call our friendly reception team on 020 7801 9060.