Veneers are the real Hollywood smile

One of the best things to come along in modern dentistry is our ability to cover over teeth that aren’t looking so great. Veneers were first created in the 1920s in Hollywood as a way to change actors’ appearances. Veneers were stuck on over the actors’ real teeth to allow them transform themselves. But veneers weren’t very good back then; made of acrylic, they would only stay on for a few minutes and they made it harder to speak.

Porcelain Veneers in OrpingtonThings got better when dental porcelain came along, and there was another step forward in the 1950s when a dentist discovered a way to etch tooth enamel to create a better bonding surface. But it was not until the 1980s that veneers really started to come into their own for the general populace when dentists discovered a way to bond them permanently to the teeth.

Veneers in 2018

Now you can reap the benefits of all that research with veneers in Orpington at Orpington Dental Care, where we regularly use them to improve the look of our patients’ teeth. You can expect your veneers to last for at least 10 years if you look after them well too.

Versatile cover-ups

Veneers can be used to cover over chips, cracks, mild misalignments, gaps and also discolouration that can’t be removed with whitening. Dental porcelain can be crafted so that your veneers are indistinguishable from your other teeth. They can be coloured, sized and shaped to match. Or you can have them a few shades whiter than your teeth and have your teeth whitened to match.

One thing veneers can’t do is be bleached, so if you want whiter teeth, you need to get this done when you have your veneers done.

Two appointments

It only takes 2 appointments to get veneers. One for us to take measurements, agree on colour, and prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel so that they have a good bonding surface and your veneers will lie flush with the rest of your teeth. The other appointment is to fit them. It’s so easy and it can transform your smile.

Time for an upgrade

If your teeth have taken a bit of a battering over the years, you might be feeling a little less than comfortable with giving everyone your biggest grin.

And that’s a shame, because when we smile, it’s infectious. People automatically smile back and the world is a brighter place as we all feel the happy feelings that come with the rush of serotonin that genuine smiles release.

Porcelain Veneers in OrpingtonSo, what can you do to get back that lovely smile you once had before eating dangerous foods, like olives with their hard stones, took bits out of your teeth? Or how can you solve the issue of that crack, that gappy bit, those worn edges, that rough enamel that just seems to soak up stains no matter how regularly you come for a scale and polish?

Actually, the answer is easy and so is the procedure, when you come to us at Orpington Dental for porcelain veneers in Orpington.

What are veneers all about?

Dental porcelain has been developed over the years to become this incredibly strong, versatile, and durable material that can be coloured, moulded, and honed to create artificial teeth, or parts of teeth that can withstand the wear and tear of being a tooth for years. In the case of veneers, you can expect the piece of porcelain to last you over a decade. Of course, you have to look after your veneers — no more removing the caps from bottles of beer with your pearly whites. But with care and good oral hygiene, veneers can keep on looking great for a very long time. Here’s how we fit them:

You come to us for an appointment during which we look at what your dental problem is, and whether veneers are the right answer. If so, we do a colour match and take impressions so that the veneer in question will blend seamlessly with your own teeth. During the next appointment, we remove a very thin layer of enamel from your tooth, and fix the veneer to it with dental cement, making sure it lies flush with your other teeth.

And that’s it! All done. You can have as many veneers as you like. Why not pop in for a consultation?