at 19 Wimpole Street Dental Practice
We tell our patients to think of veneers as being a hard outer shell for your teeth. They cleverly cover over everything from chips to staining, helping restore the appearance of your smile and, in some cases, the function of the treated tooth.
Veneers are bonded to the teeth to ensure they’re long-lasting and durable. They can be created in any size, shape, length and colour to match the rest of your smile – or to give you a whole smile makeover. There are lots of reasons our patients seek veneer treatment, including:
- To disguise staining – such as the type caused by fluorosis (excessive fluoride, which creates white spots on the teeth)
- To disguise dullness – this can happen following root canal
- To create a uniform smile – veneers can be used as an alternative to braces, hiding gaps in the smile and covering over uneven or misaligned teeth
- To cover chips or wear – in cases where a crown may not be necessary
Your Veneers Journey
The first step in any veneers treatment at 19 Wimpole Street is an in-depth consultation, which allows us to analyse your smile, review your dental history, and ensures you can discuss your treatment in advance without forced commitment.
Treatment comes in two parts. First of all, the tooth is prepared and an impression taken. This involves the gentle filing of the tooth, where some of the outer enamel is carefully removed – equivalent to the thickness of the new veneer. While the veneer is being expertly created in the laboratory, a temporary veneer is placed to prevent sensitivity. In the next stage of treatment, the veneers are bonded to the teeth. An anaesthetic is administered to help manage any discomfort.
At our Marylebone dental practice, we are committed to dental excellence – so in our minds, your veneer treatment doesn’t end when we put down our tools. With veneers, we recommend avoiding chewing hard foods (such as hard sweets) to prevent damage to the veneers. It’s also essential to keep up with your oral care routine and to attend regular check-ups with us. Finally, some dentists recommend wearing a mouthguard at night, to prevent any clenching or grinding during sleep, as well as during contact sports.
Your questions answered
about veneers at 19 Wimpole Street Dental Practice
At our dental practice in Marylebone, we administer a local anaesthetic so you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment.
There are lots of advantages:
- The strong, realistic artificial tooth (or teeth)
- Improves the colour, shape and position of the teeth
- Can protect against acidity
- Can be stain-resistant
- Less shaping is required than with crowns
- Fast results
- Correct multiple ‘flaws’
There are very few disadvantages:
- Not recommended for those who grind or clench
- Can be a more expensive option than alternatives
- Not recommended for teeth with decay or fillings
- Long-lasting, but not a permanent solution
Because the preparation of the tooth (teeth) is needed, this can weaken the structure. There is a small risk that the veneer could chip or fracture (for instance, if you grind your teeth or chew hard foods) and there’s also a small chance of tooth sensitivity.
It really depends on the reason you’re choosing veneers. If you want to create a more uniform smile or cover gaps, Invisalign clear braces could be an alternative. If some of the teeth are stained, whitening could be a good solution. And, if you’re looking to cover over fractures or gaps, a porcelain crown could be another choice.
Why choose us
Our dental practice sits in Marylebone; the heart of London’s medical district, near the famous Harley Street. Our dedicated, highly experienced team put our patients first, delivering high-quality, effective care and cosmetic treatments that enhance the health and appearance of your smile.Meet The Team
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