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Dental Veneers – The Next Step to Whiter Teeth

2015 March 30
by Sanjay Narda

How veneers are used for badly stained teeth to create a better smile.

Have you ever noticed that your teeth are not as white as they used to be?

This is probably to be expected as many years of eating and drinking teeth staining foods and drinks is likely to have had an impact on the colour of your teeth as you age progressively.

Even with a ‘pure’ diet though that contained no staining foods, most people would notice a level of discolouration simply caused by the passing of the years. Much of this discolouration occurs in the  interior of the teeth rather than on the surface enamel.

Because of this, brushing alone will have little or no effect on the colour of your teeth.

Teeth whitening

At the Bank House Dental Centre, we are able to offer an effective teeth whitening procedure to our patients from local villages such as Chinnor in and around Princes Risborough. In most cases, this procedure alone will be sufficient, and will elevate the level of the whiteness of the teeth several degrees, leaving the patient satisfied with their new whiter teeth.

Occasionally though, the whitening procedure may not fully have the effect that is desired. This usually occurs in situations where the teeth are very heavily stained.

This staining can occur when a patient has been a heavy smoker perhaps, or has drunk red wine for a number of years. Other common drinks such as tea and coffee also have a staining effect and a combination of all of these is likely to lead to heavy discolouration.

Dental veneers

In cases such as those mentioned above, dental veneers are an excellent option.

Unlike teeth whitening, these do not whiten the enamel of the teeth but replace the front section of them.

In order to do this, our cosmetic dentists at Bank House Dentistry will remove a fine layer of enamel from the front of the teeth. This is done using a local anaesthetic to ease any discomfort that may be felt.

Impressions are then taken, from which the veneers will be made at a dental laboratory and temporary veneers will be attached to the front of the teeth in the meantime.

Once the new porcelain veneers have been produced, the temporary veneers can be removed and the new veneers attached using dental cement. These are then trimmed and polished to give them a realistic tooth appearance that can last for up to fifteen years or more with suitable after-care.

Not only can veneers be used on badly stained teeth but also on teeth that have been chipped or cracked. In some cases, veneers can also be used to rectify a diastema (gap between the front teeth) and as such are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics”.

If you live locally in Buckinghamshire and feel that you might benefit from dental veneers, why not call the Bank House Dental Centre today on 01844 343381 to arrange a no obligation consultation to see how we can help you.

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