A cosmetic dentist can use porcelain veneers to improve the look of your smile in just a few short appointments. Veneers are one of the most popular treatments at Harley Street Dental Clinic, and can be used for anything from making a single, permanently discoloured match your other teeth to producing a full smile makeover.
Veneers have a long and illustrious history. They were first invented by a Hollywood cosmetic dentist, designed to give actors amazing smiles for film roles. But as they were stuck on with denture adhesive, they would usually drop off after a few takes. Those veneers were not built to last.
The modern veneers available from your Harley Street cosmetic dentist are a different matter. Rapid advances in the cosmetic dental world, coupled with the development of greatly improved dental bonding agents and ceramics, means that modern veneers are now durable, long-lasting, and as natural as they are beautiful in appearance.
At our Harley Street clinic your cosmetic dentist can use veneers to correct a number of dental problems. These include permanent discolouration, minor alignment and spacing issues, small chips and cracks. The veneers of the modern age should last more than a decade – so long as you look after them and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, of course.
So, what exactly is a veneer? It is a very thin, hand-crafted shell of material (porcelain, in most cases) that your dentist bonds over the front surfaces of your front teeth to enhance their appearance. One of the biggest advantages of veneers is that they require very little preparatory work on your teeth.
When you come to our Harley Street dental clinic for a veneer consultation, your cosmetic dentist will check your oral health and prepare your teeth to receive your veneers by removing a very thin amount of enamel.
Your cosmetic dentist will ensure that your veneers are made to the exact same thickness as the amount of enamel removed, so that the results look natural. The only exception is for cracked/chipped teeth, in which case the veneer will be made thicker in the damaged area.