If you are interested in improving the aesthetics of your smile, then you may have heard that porcelain veneers Liverpool can be a good option in order to achieve this goal. Of course, it is very likely that porcelain veneers are not the only option you have in pursuing a wider smile. Most dentists have several treatments available which may help you to reach your desired smile in another way. They will always be happy to discuss these treatments with you, and upon examination of your teeth and mouth, a dentist would be able to advise you about which treatments may be most appropriate to address your personal dental needs.
What are porcelain veneers?
If it is decided that porcelain veneers are a good option to address your needs, then you may wish to be informed about what they are, and what to expect from the process of having them fitted. Porcelain veneers are commonly used as a way to level out teeth, correcting chips and/or staining in the process. The desired result is a more even, brighter smile which you can feel confident in, achieved through changing the length, colour, shape or size. These veneers are made out of a thin piece of porcelain which is bonded onto the tooth. For a process such as a smile makeover, this is repeated for all of your teeth, although they can also be used on individual teeth where that is the patient’s preference.
What can I expect the process to look like?
To begin with you can expect to have a discussion with your dentist during which you may create a treatment plan. This will give you an overview of what to expect from your personal journey with veneers. From that point onwards your journey may happen in this order.
The veneers will be custom made to fit the size and shape of your tooth, and also to achieve the desired effect if that is a change in shape or otherwise. A thin layer of enamel will be filed away, usually using a dental drill. This creates a roughened surface for the adhesive to be applied to. We will examine your mouth and teeth and gather information about their size and shape, possibly using a variety of techniques to do this including X-rays or dental impressions. The tailor-made veneers are then created using this information.
When you return to the dentist to have your veneers fitted, the adhesive will be applied to the tooth. The veneer is then set on top of this, the roughened surface helping to provide greater stability for the veneer.
Your dentist may then advise you on how to best look after your veneers, and this also provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions which you may have about aftercare.
It is common to be concerned about whether a process such as the fitting of veneers can be expected to hurt. A local anaesthetic can be used to help ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure.
The lifespan of dental veneers is very dependent upon how they are cared for by the patient. If you wish to enhance the durability of your veneers, good dental hygiene is very important. Keeping up regular appointments with your dentist can also help with this as check-ups give them the opportunity to identify any emerging issues and treat them where appropriate. For more information about veneers, or other available treatments, please contact your dentist for a friendly chat about how they can help you.