What are veneers?

Veneers are a component of a cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of the surface of the teeth. Patients often get this treatment when their teeth have either become chipped or discoloured to give them a natural finish. Patients can visit their dentist to get veneers Liverpool.

Veneers are made from porcelain and are thin mouldings that get attached to the surface of the tooth. Patients can have veneers on either a single tooth or multiple teeth to give a more seamless finish and smile. Veneers are also often an option to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment is either not an option or is not required. Veneers are one of the best solutions for the treatment of stained or chipped teeth.

What are the benefits of veneers?

There are a number of benefits of having veneers. Firstly this is a simple, quick and easy cosmetic procedure that can be performed at the dentist’s office. The veneer is made of porcelain and is very natural looking. Veneers can be designed to be the exact shade of a patient’s teeth and this gives the teeth an even and seamless look. Veneers are a great confidence booster – they can enhance an individual’s smile and they have a natural appearance. An additional benefit of having veneers is that unlike teeth, they are stain-resistant and therefore patients can continue to enjoy eating and drinking as normal without any concern that the veneers will get discoloured. They are also very durable and therefore less likely to get chipped or damaged from biting hard foods.

Veneers are to be treated like natural teeth and therefore individuals will be advised by their dentist to maintain good oral hygiene and brush and floss the teeth twice a day as normal. If patients look after their veneers as directed by the dentist, they should last for a few years without needing any touch-ups. Moreover, veneers are gentle on the tooth and little enamel needs to be removed from the natural tooth to place the veneer on the surface. Patients do not experience any discomfort or pain when having veneers placed on the surface of their teeth and there is no recovery period.

What are the alternatives to veneers?

There are alternative options to veneers that are available to patients at the dentist. Often people opt for composite bonding or crowns. The dentist will be able to go through the options that are available with patients on an individual case-by-case basis, according to their needs and requirements.

Composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure which is non-invasive and can be easily performed in a single appointment. At the appointment a composite resin gets attached to the surface of the teeth with the aim of smoothing the shape and using the colour of the teeth to make them more natural looking. Another procedure that patients often get is to have crowns fitted, which are caps that are placed onto the part of the tooth that is visible. The aim of crowns is to enable patients to be able to use their teeth like normal. Patients should discuss which option is most suitable for them at the initial consultation.

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