Though once restricted to the world of movie stars and celebs, in recent years veneers have become much more common in the UK.
On top of this, a recent report which surveyed 1000 UK residents (over 18) showed that 76% of UK residents want to change something about their appearance (compared to 80% in the US).
Looking at these stats, it is not a surprise that we have more and more people coming into our London based clinic asking for veneers.
Who can get veneers?
Porcelain, easy-t0-fit veneers are available to all adults, and they can be used to target issues including:
- Discoloured teeth (click here for cost)
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Dental implants for missing teeth (click here for cost)
- Gaps between teeth (check out the Inman Aligner)
- Minor and major misalignments
Veneers are made from wafer-thin ceramic shells, and each shell is individually designed to suit your specific smile.
We can alter the shape, size, colour and texture in order to create the perfect personalised look for your mouth.
We offer many options – from natural-looking smiles to dramatic, snow-white Hollywood smiles, and we can target single teeth or give you a full smile makeover.
Due to their long-lasting natural tooth appearance and minimal preparation, porcelain veneers are often the treatment of choice for our patients.
Veneers have the appeal that (unlike dentures) you can constantly wear them in your mouth.
They are non-removable and so effectively they work the same as normal teeth.
Your veneers should last around 10-15 years, although natural wear will occur over time (just like chipping on your original teeth).
However, it is useful to be slightly careful about what you are eating, in order to involve any unnecessary damage and staining.
Avoid foods which could be damaging
- Ice and hard sweets: veneers are strong just like your teeth, but they are not unbreakable!
- Coffee, red wine, dark coloured beverages: we recommend staying away from foods which will stain the teeth, or using a straw or brushing your teeth straight after.
- Alcohol: alcohol can cause the teeth to lose their shine more quickly
- Toffees and sticky foods: eat these sparingly!
Now that we have covered what to avoid – how should you actually care for your veneers?
- Oral hygiene – keep brushing regularly (minimum of two times daily for two minutes)
- Regular flossing – daily and after each meal
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash to target hard to reach places in the mouth
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year
- Eat less sugar to avoid decay
Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.