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Are you looking to improve your smile? Perhaps you need a lift in confidence. Talk to Totally Teeth about how veneers can dramatically change the appearance of your smile.

A veneer is a thin shell-like piece of porcelain placed over your natural teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. They can help with whitening your teeth, close gaps and ultimately create a great looking smile.

Some of the ways veneers can change your life.

Eliminate spaces between teeth.

Restore broken or chipped teeth.

Replace unsightly, stained or washed out fillings.

Cover permanently stained or discoloured teeth.

Correct misshapen or crooked teeth.

Whiten dark yellow or stained teeth.

It is very common for people to have slight imperfections with their teeth, either oddly shaped teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, teeth with small holes in them, or an inappropriate sized tooth or teeth that have an odd appearance. Veneers can solve these problems and improve a smile tremendously.

Veneers are between 0.3mm and 0.5mm thick, but once bonded to your teeth, are extremely strong. Their appearance is dramatically lifelike with the strength, beauty and durability that porcelain in dentistry is renowned for. Some of the benefits of veneers are: -

No dark lines around the veneer after time (as can sometimes happen with crowns).

They reflect light better and being more translucent, gives a more natural and aesthetic look.

Only a minimal amount of natural tooth structure is removed when having a veneer placed.

The end result provides a solution that is very natural looking.

What can cause discolouration of your teeth?

When your teeth become discoloured, it can be for any number of reasons-staining, aging, or even chemical damage to teeth. Some of the more common causes of tooth discolouration are medications, coffee, tea or cigarettes. People who drink significant amounts of cola or dark soft drinks can experience similar staining.

In addition to staining, other factors can affect the colour of your teeth. One can simply be genetic, as some people have naturally brighter enamel than others. Disease can also be a factor and a range of medications can cause discolouration of your teeth. The reason for your teeth being discoloured will be discussed with you at the time of treatment to ensure optimum results are achieved when using veneers as your dental solution.

Veneers are often used as an alternative to crowns as they are extremely thin and require little or no anaesthesia during preparation. Veneers require minimal natural tooth to be removed, this will enable a secure bond is achieved.

Veneers are made from impressions of your natural teeth. These provide an exact structure of each tooth, creating a veneer that will look and feel like your natural tooth.

Typically costing less than crowns, veneers won't stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and durable, veneers may last from ten to fifteen years, and come in shades that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing colour.


Some facts you might want to know about Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent option to a better looking smile.

Occasionally the preparation of a porcelain veneer does not require the use of a local anaesthetic. For patients who are particularly sensitive or anxious, a local anaesthetic is advisable.

Between your preparation visit and the placement visit, you can expect some sensitivity to hot and cold. This is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after your veneers are secured.

When being attached to your natural tooth, veneers are placed using a resin that hardens under a specially developed light.

Once placed, your veneers are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain has great crushing strength but poor tensile strength. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to twist and flex the veneers, for example opening pistachio nuts with you teeth may create problems.

They are not advisable for people playing contact sports without a mouth guard.