Achieve your dream flawless smile

Veneers can be used to make the teeth look absolutely beautiful. They are still cosmetically the best and most predictable way of creating the perfect looking smile if your teeth have a combination of problems, such as being misshapen, crooked and discoloured. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain which is bonded to the front surface of your teeth. With modern improvements in dental techniques and materials, veneers can be made thinner than ever and so removal of tooth structure is kept to a minimum.

It should be appreciated that provision of veneers often involves permanent removal of tooth tissue. Once veneers are fitted, life long maintenance is required, including replacing them at some stage. The average lifespan of a porcelain veneer is about 10 years. At Ethicare Dental, we are always as conservative of tooth structure as possible, and try to use a less invasive system such as Lumineers where possible.

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What does the treatment for veneers involve?

If you do have veneers or crowns for cosmetic reasons, the case should be managed carefully. We discuss the treatment with you in detail at your initial appointment, taking the time to understand your dream outcome.

We take digital scans and images of your mouth to enable your veneers to be accurately custom made. Using a study model, we can show you a preview of how your smile will look when your treatment is complete! We also record the desired shade for your finished veneers.

When your veneers are ready, we check them for shape, size and colour before securely fixing them to the front surface of your teeth using strong dental adhesive. You can then begin to enjoy your new smile!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The alternatives to porcelain veneers should be considered first depending on the circumstances. These include Invisalign, generic clear aligners, conventional orthodontic treatment, lingual appliances and composite bonding.

  • The best way to look after your veneers is to consider them as you do natural teeth. Brush and floss twice a day as part of your oral hygiene routine at home, and make sure you visit your dentist for regular check ups so they can keep an eye on your veneers and overall oral health.

  • Veneers are strong and durable, but they do have the potential to break if not looked after correctly. Try not to bite into excessively hard foods, or use your teeth to chew pen tops or open anything, as this can result in damage.

  • While many patients will be suitable candidates for veneers, they are not for everyone. Patients with severe crooked teeth or decay would need to address these concerns before continuing with treatment. Also, it may be necessary to alter the position of the gum prior to having veneers, so that the best cosmetic result can be achieved. This can be done by grafting gum (gingival grafting) onto a site where the gum has severely receded. The opposite to this can be carried out if the gum around the teeth is irregular, there are short, worn teeth remaining or if the patient has a very gummy smile (crown lengthening procedure). Our periodontal specialist Dr Steve Bassi would carry out these procedures prior to preparation for cosmetic veneers.

  • Veneers are a highly aesthetic treatment, giving a beautiful result. Sometimes, patients see veneers as too white and not as natural looking as other cosmetic dental treatments, but this does not have to be the case. Veneers have the potential to look very natural in your mouth. You are able to choose the colour for your veneers, and we are able to advise you based on your preferences. Some patients are looking for that ‘celebrity’ whiter than white smile, but more muted and natural colours are also available and give incredible results.

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