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The most common questions about porcelain veneers

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Thanks to celebrities flaunting their perfect smiles, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people in the UK getting Cosmetic Dentistry including porcelain veneers.

Although this is a big procedure, for those who have always dreamt of being able to smile with confidence, it’s well worth it. Before you decide to undergo the procedure, chances are that you have some questions so here we have answered some of the common queries about veneers.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers otherwise known as dental veneers are very thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials. They are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth in order to improve their appearance. They can be bonded to the front side of your teeth to change their colour, shape, size and even length – thus creating the perfect smile.

How do I get veneers?

Only a qualified dentist can apply veneers and it’s very important that you use a professional who is qualified and experienced in this procedure. Initially, you will have a consultation with your dentist so they can assess the extent of the work required. They will also discuss the steps of the procedure and help to put your mind at ease if you are nervous about the procedure. A lot of people put it off because they’re worried that they will spend a lot of money and then not like the outcome. Don’t fear however, typically, a diagnostic wax-up is made and this temporary dental feature will give you a good idea of what your new smile will look like and at this point you can make any necessary adjustments.

What does the procedure entail?

Although getting veneers is a big procedure, there is nothing to worry about and it’s not as scary as you might imagine. Some of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed to ensure that the veneer can be permanently bonded into place later. The amount of enamel removed however is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted so the tooth will stay the same size. A local anaesthetic may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort but often this isn’t even needed. Most procedures require two visits – one to prepare the tooth and match the shade and the second to fit it. Bonding a veneer is simply done by using a special adhesive which firmly holds it on the tooth.

How long do veneers last?

With the proper care, veneers can last for anything from 10 to 20 years. Just like with natural teeth however, they can chip and crack if you’re not responsible with them (such as using your teeth to open things). If you do chip a veneer, it is likely that this can be fixed without having the whole veneer removed and replaced.

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What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

There are many benefits of porcelain veneers which is why it’s such a popular procedure. They are stain-resistant, do not change colour over time, they can cover imperfections, they’re long-lasting, incredibly durable, very lifelike and can help to improve confidence because you will finally have your dream smile.