Dental veneers are a common, practical and cost-effective solution for patients who are not completely happy with their smile, but do not wish to undergo complex or invasive procedures. Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that adhere to the front of the teeth. They can change the shape, colour and size of the natural teeth, while fixing a number of dental problems.
Veneers are ideal for straightening and repairing chipped, broken and worn down teeth. They can also fix tooth discolouration and slightly misaligned teeth with minimal alteration to the original enamel. Porcelain veneers in Liverpool are available from many dental practices, including Liverpool Smile Studio.
Placement and care
Porcelain veneers are easy to apply and require only two or three visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will remove a thin layer of tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. Then, they will take an impression of the teeth, which will be used to create the customised veneers. In the meantime, the dentist may place temporary veneers to protect the portion of the tooth that was removed.
Once the porcelain veneers are created in the laboratory, they are ready for application. The dentist will remove the temporary veneers, prepare the teeth by applying a mild chemical to make them a little rough and then they will attach the permanent veneers onto the prepared surface. The porcelain veneers are attached to the teeth one by one, using composite resin cement, hardened by a special light.
Once in place, porcelain veneers will feel, look and function just like the rest of the teeth. Gum tissue readily accepts porcelain, as long as there isn’t pre-existing gum disease or tooth decay. Porcelain is also natural looking and highly durable, though patients should avoid chewing on pencils, ice, and other hard objects in order to keep their Liverpool veneers intact. Porcelain veneers can be brushed and flossed just like regular teeth. There are no extra steps required to maintain veneers. With good oral care and regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and cleanings, they can last over ten years.