The imperfect smile.
As many individuals will know, they are their own worst critics. When looking at their reflection, instead of noticing the happy smile that lightens up their face, they notice the stains on the teeth or the misshapen tooth that haunts them everyday. Whilst to others the smile is perfect, to the person wearing it, it can be a huge dent within their self-esteem. Luckily there are many cosmetic dentistry solutions to perfecting the smile including the use of porcelain veneers.
What are they?
In the simplest of terms, a veneer is a piece of material, either composite or porcelain, that is attached to the natural tooth. Cementing this tooth coloured layer to the natural tooth can not only remove the appearance of stains evident upon the surface of the tooth, but can also help eliminate gaps between the teeth or reshape a chipped tooth. The benefits are therefore extremely important to consider when deciding upon ways to enhance the smile.
Whilst both veneers can perfect the smile in terms of colour and shape, the porcelain veneer is often the preferred choice due to the resistant nature of it’s surface and the overall durability of the veneer compared to the composite veneer. However, that being said, both options are extremely useful when it comes to recreating the beautiful smile.
Brightening the smile.
When the surface of the tooth becomes stained after years of drinking caffeine and beverages such as red wine, it can often leave the patient feeling somewhat downhearted and wishing that they could turn back time to protect their smile. Whilst there are a variety of tooth whitening products readily available both at home and within the dental practice, it may be that the sensitivity of your teeth is unsuited to the whitening methods on offer. This is where people often search for an alternative method to brighten the smile without causing further problems with their sensitive teeth. Now when creating a veneer for your tooth, it is important to understand that the idea of a natural tooth is taken seriously and therefore the colour of the veneer, which may be used to cover up the stains, will be made to blend in with your smile. It is therefore pointless to have one veneer in place that is brightened to a shocking white, whilst the rest of the teeth remain slightly discoloured. For this reason, more often than not, patients request a series of veneers for a particular part of the smile. Should this not be the case, and the focus is to be on one tooth, rest assured that the dental team will work effortlessly to ensure that the tooth works it’s magic whilst blending in with the natural smile.
Creating a new strength to the weakened smile
When it comes to recreating a striking smile, a veneer made from porcelain is a strength that is long lasting and an overall positive addition to the mouth. This particular material, once bonded to the tooth, can help create a new stability to a weakened tooth which in turn strengthens the smile.
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