perfect teeth and a great smile

2010 October 15
by Asha Sood

If you are looking for perfect teeth and a great smile, a good cosmetic dentist should be able to help advise you.A beautiful smile is something that can brighten up anyone’s day. Unfortunately people with uneven, broken, discoloured or damaged teeth may think twice before smiling.
However, there are many cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental veneers which may be a way to change this so that you can achieve a perfect and beautiful smile:

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin ‘shells’ which are custom designed to cover the front of the teeth. Dental veneers are either made from composite or porcelain.
Porcelain veneers are the more natural looking choice and they are also stronger and more resistant to stains than composite veneers.

What are they used for?

They are used for altering misaligned, chipped or broken teeth teeth and misshapen and discoloured teeth. They are also used to disguise teeth that are cracked or have erratic spacing between them. Dental veneers can be used in conjunction with other dental treatments to change the original length, shape, size or colour of teeth.

How are dental veneers made and fitted?

Your new veneers are custom-made for you and they will be constructed in a laboratory from a mould taken of your teeth.

There may be several appointments involved whereby your dentist will take a mould of your teeth and also try out ‘temporary’ fittings in order to ensure a really good final result when the finished veneers are prepared.
Once the final veneers are complete and ready to be fitted, your teeth will need to be prepared for bonding the veneers. This will involve the removal of a small amount of tooth structure.

The final and finished veneers will be permanently ‘cemented’ into place over the required teeth, often utilising a special light to help this process and ensure a good and secure fit.

How long do dental veneers last?

Providing you take good care of them, dental veneers can last a long time, anything up to 10-15 years.

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