Smiling may seem like a natural thing to do, but if your teeth are stained, yellow, chipped or cracked, you may feel self-conscious. In 2022, there is no need to suffer mental anguish every time you want to smile. The technology in cosmetic dentistry has advanced so much in recent years that dental veneers Liverpool can very quickly restore your confidence.
Regular dental maintenance is a prerequisite to keeping gums and teeth healthy. A patient who simply brushes and flosses their teeth will enjoy the rewards of dental longevity. After all, everyone wants to visit their dentist only twice a year for their regular clean and checkup; this routine will highlight any problem that can be dealt with early.
Preparation is crucial
Following a proper treatment plan is important when it comes to any medical procedure, and dental procedures are no different. Placing dental veneers is quite a simple procedure, and they can last a long time if done correctly from the start. The procedure begins with a thorough examination of the oral cavity.
Teeth can become chipped or cracked due to an accident or sports injury or if they were used to chew on something too hard. Teeth can become discoloured if too much tea, coffee or red wine is consumed. This may not be as common now, but cigarettes, cigars and tobacco all have ingredients that can discolour teeth. There are also medical conditions that can cause dental spots and discolouration.
For this reason, dentists will need to assess their patients’ conditions and identify the type of discolouration and the source before proceeding with dental veneering. Changes in colour that occur on a patient’s teeth could be caused by cardiovascular or celiac disease. Other causes can be liver disease or a calcium deficiency, to name a few. Once the cause of the discolouration is confirmed to be unrelated to a medical condition, it will be necessary to examine the state of the teeth and gums. Any tooth decay will need to be cleared out and filled.
Placing the dental veneers
Porcelain dental veneers are regarded as superior to composite or ceramic veneers. Porcelain veneers are more durable, and their natural translucency looks more like natural teeth. They can also be made extremely thin, which will then require less dental enamel to be removed from the teeth; some enamel must be removed to allow the veneers to remain flush with the teeth. The removal of the enamel also creates a rough texture to the teeth, allowing the bonding agent to be more effective.
Once the veneers have been placed, the dentist can adjust and trim them to achieve a natural and even look. The procedure is normally completed over two appointments. Some patients have naturally sensitive teeth and may require anaesthesia to feel more comfortable.
A long-lasting smile
Porcelain dental veneers should last up to ten years, allowing you to enjoy your new smile. Regular brushing and flossing and avoiding teeth-staining food and drinks will contribute to the longevity of your porcelain veneers.