Category: Veneers

Why veneers are so popular

Ever since our prehistoric ancestors used their smiles as a way to communicate before they were able to use spoken words, the state of our teeth has been crucial to our social lives.

When we meet someone for the first time, even fleetingly, we check out whether or not they smile. Evolution taught us to interpret a lack of smile as a sign of unfriendliness and therefore, also, possible danger. Conversely, a big beaming smile from someone we don’t know evokes in us a feeling of happiness and a desire to be friendly and helpful to the smiler.

Veneers in BournemouthAlong with this, the smile is also how we check out how close we want to get to someone. We look at their teeth and maybe their tongue, if we can see it, to see how healthy they are. Bad teeth used to be an indicator of disease and we are still hardwired to shy away from someone whose teeth aren’t so great. Of course, there are very few people with truly awful teeth these days because modern dentistry is so much better and also easy to access. But what this means is that our standards of discernment are higher than ever before and teeth that used to be seen as fine (see 1970s movie star teeth) are way below par in the 2010s. Even a tiny bit of damage is no longer ok for many people and can cause them a great deal of embarrassment.

Much of this is due to the advent of veneers, tiny sheaths of porcelain that are glued over the front of damaged or imperfect teeth to make them look fabulous. Invented by a dentist for the movies in the 1920s, veneers came into their own a few decades later when dental porcelains and adhesives improved.

Now, anyone can get veneers, but it’s still important to find a dentist who knows how to make and fit them so that they look natural. In Bournemouth, here at Castle Lane Dental Care, we have a strong track record with veneers. Why not come in and see what we can do for you?

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The big cover story for teeth

All those beautiful, perfect smiles showing flawless teeth, do you think that their owners were born that way? Then think again. Even if people start off with undamaged teeth, just being alive and eating can cause damage. Bits get broken off when a stone shows up in your food. Other bits get chipped away in accidents and sports. Sometimes, medications and other life factors can turn teeth a funny colour that can’t be fixed with whitening. Sometimes, people have the odd twisted or set back tooth, or teeth that are somehow just too small with lots of gaps between them.

Veneers in BournemouthDo you know what all these toothy problems have in common? They are all rendered invisible by covering them up with veneers. In Bournemouth, lots of those perfect teeth you envy aren’t teeth at all, but porcelain sheaths that have been cemented onto the fronts of imperfect teeth, a bit like how we cover up dodgy nails with extensions.

Veneers: how they work

It takes 2 appointments for us at Castle Lane Dental Care to fit you with veneers. During the first appointment, we prepare your teeth by removing a very thin layer of enamel. This is for 2 reasons. Firstly, we need to create a rough surface for the dental cement to adhere to. Secondly, we need to make sure that the veneered teeth lie flush with the rest of your teeth. Do an internet search for bad veneer pictures and you will see why this is so important.

Once we have got your teeth ready, we choose the right colour porcelain to match your natural teeth and make impressions. Everything goes off to a lab where a technician makes your veneers. This takes a couple of weeks. Then you come back and we fix them onto your teeth. It’s as easy as that.

You can have just one veneer, or a whole set, transforming your entire smile with what we call a smile makeover.

A word on whitening

If you want whiter teeth as well as veneers, you need to get the whitening done first. Dental porcelain cannot be bleached, so your veneers need to be matched to your whitened teeth, not your stained teeth.

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Is a veneer different from a crown?

A veneer is different from a crown. Both can dramatically improve the overall look of your teeth by changing the colour and shape. They are made from the same material and both adhere to the underlying structure of the teeth. But a crown fits over the entire tooth down to the gums, whereas a veneer will only cover the front of the tooth’s surface.

Veneers in Bournemouth, at Castle Lane Dental Care, are a cosmetic dental procedure designed to cover small surface imperfections in otherwise healthy teeth. We often recommend crowns if you’ve lost a lot of tooth structure because of decay, age, trauma, or because you grind your teeth.

Veneers in BournemouthFor a crown to fit properly, our dentists must remove more of the tooth’s exterior enamel. Once in place, however, a crown will help strengthen the tooth underneath and restore its proper function. Crowns can also be a good choice for back teeth that have structural issues. This is because crowns are stronger under the greater biting force between your molars.

Do veneers last long?

Veneers at Castle Lane Dental Care are designed to be a long-lasting option for enhancing the beauty of your teeth. How long your particular veneers last will depend on if they are looked after correctly and your lifestyle choices, but barring any accidents to your teeth, they could last for decades.

How do I care for veneers correctly?

You can care for your veneers just as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing them daily. Even so, as tough as veneers can be, you will also need to be careful with certain hard foods, such as toffees, and tasks, such as opening packages with your veneer-covered teeth. If you have an underlying issue, such as tooth clenching or grinding, your dentist may also advise you to wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers while you sleep, to increase their longevity.

If this sounds like the solution to all your dental woes, give Castle Lane Dental Care a ring today to arrange your initial consultation with one of our dedicated and respected dentists.

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Time to improve your smile

If yellowing, unattractive looking teeth have you feeling blue, or if you’re embarrassed about a chipped tooth or slightly misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers in Bournemouth, at Castle Lane Dental Care can be a way to bring the beauty back to your smile.

Porcelain veneers will restore your teeth’s appearance and improve their overall look by fixing minor dental issues such as spacing, alignment, size, shape and colour. Our dentists will happily evaluate your smile and discuss whether veneers are the right choice for you.

Porcelain Veneers in BournemouthWhat are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are designed to cover the front of the teeth with a thin ceramic layer that mimics the natural tooth enamel. Once in place, only you and your dentist will know they are there.

Veneers are a versatile way to address many cosmetic dental problems, such as discolouration. Smoking, certain medications, food and drink and even ageing will all affect your teeth eventually, turning them discolored or yellow. Porcelain veneers can quickly make your teeth look white again, which can take years off your appearance. A single veneer can also be used to target a discoloured tooth that might have been particularly stubborn in the face of other whitening procedures.

What other dental issues can veneers help?

Veneers can also improve the size and shape of the teeth. If you have a tooth that’s chipped, or teeth that are shorter than their neighbours, veneers can smooth away those flaws. If you’ve always felt like your teeth were the wrong shape or size for your face, veneers also can adjust the shape of your teeth to better balance your facial features.

Veneers can also help with the alignment and spacing of the teeth. Closing small gaps between your teeth and fixing other minor alignment issues with veneers will mean you don’t have to bother with braces if you don’t otherwise need them.

Will they affect my natural teeth?

To fit a veneer, our dentists will have to take away a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel to ensure a snug fit. But once attached, your porcelain veneer can last for more than 10 years.

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What are the pros and cons of getting veneers?

When you are considering veneers in Bournemouth at Castle Lane Dental Care, your dentist will give you all the information you need. A great dental practitioner will always give you both the benefits and the challenges of any treatment so that you are prepared and can properly weigh up your options.

Veneers are a relatively simple piece of dentistry that can be used to great effect to repair chips or cracks, close gaps in the teeth or be used to hide permanent stains. They are a hard, thin cover that is shaped and placed over the top of any damaged, discoloured or misshapen tooth to make it appear like a perfect one is in its place. They are held in place by a very hard dental cement.

veneers-in-BournemouthWhat is great about veneers?

Veneers are durable and very seldom do they get dislodged. They are designed to last many years. They offer a natural looking solution to minor dental issues that does not require extensive shaping or orthodontics.

When they are used to change the colour of a tooth, the effect is permanent and will not require topping up in the future. Some people choose to have a full set of veneers to give them a uniform, stain resistant smile for this reason.

What are the things you need to consider when getting veneers?

Once veneers are in place, they are permanent and cannot be removed. They are supported by the teeth beneath them and so these need to be in a good state of health. They do not protect the teeth from things like gum disease so you still need to be diligent with your dental hygiene routine.

It is difficult to match the shade of your other teeth precisely although your dental professional at Castle Lane Dental Care will be able to get very close when you get veneers in Bournemouth at our clinic. Your practitioner will be able to show you pictures of someone who has had veneers so you can see the high degree of match that is possible for yourself.

There are always a number of things to think about whenever you have dental treatments and so we are pleased to offer an extensive consultation to anyone considering veneers in Bournemouth at Castle Lane Dental Care.

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See yourself differently with veneers

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we can help you to complete or restore your look through our dental practices. Often you can also get a boost for your oral hygiene out of a treatment at our clinic in Bournemouth. Veneers are a versatile piece of dentistry that can really improve the way you feel about your smile as well as offer some fringe benefits.

veneers-in-BournemouthWhat are veneers in Bournemouth used for?

Veneers are available primarily as a cosmetic treatment. However, they are an option that can be offered to patients who have a chip or crack in their tooth as well. Sometimes they are even used to cover small gaps.

How do they work?

When you come to our clinic in Bournemouth, veneers are something you can discuss in detail with your dentist. However, to give you a brief overview, they are thin pieces of a durable material such as porcelain. These pieces fit over the top of your existing tooth to change the shape or colour of it in order to hide stains, close gaps or cover chips.

Each veneer is specially created to fit the tooth it is made for. In order to get them to sit flush with the surrounding teeth, a corresponding thin layer of enamel needs to be removed before impressions are taken to use to fit the veneers.

Once they have been created and returned to us at Castle Lane Dental Care, we apply them to your teeth using a dental cement. Initially, once the veneer is placed, we can move it around in order to get it into the exact position. When this has been achieved, we shine a light on it, which activates an ingredient in the cement causing it to harden very quickly. We then remove any excess cement and your veneer is fitted.

You can expect it to last between five and ten years. During that time, the veneers are stain resistant and very hard wearing so your teeth are effectively strengthened. They will also be matched closely to any teeth you do not have veneers on so that your whole set looks natural.

Some people choose to have a full set of veneers as a preventive measure and to give them a uniform look to their smile.

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