How Veneers Can Help
Dental veneers Berkhamsted are a solution to many tooth problems. We recommend veneers for several reasons. Veneers can fix teeth that are broken or healthy teeth that need help aesthetically to improve your smile. Veneers can change the appearance of your smile by changing their shape, colour, angle, or the spacing between your teeth.
Dental Veneers Berkhamsted at Admiral House
After a thorough examination of your teeth and oral health, we may suggest veneers as a treatment option. Veneers are thin shells we attach to the entire front surface of your tooth and not over the whole tooth like a crown. This treatment blends in beautifully with your other teeth. The veneers we place are made of porcelain or composite resin. These are a permanent solution, and cannot be removed after they are placed.
Our dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. When we place porcelain veneers, we need to remove a thin layer of your existing tooth so the veneer fits properly. We make custom porcelain veneers for our patients, and we do so by taking an impression of your teeth and creating a veneer to the size and shape of your mouth. You may need to wear a temporary veneer for a short time.
When your permanent veneers are ready, we put a mild chemical on the surface of the tooth receiving the veneer. The chemical makes the tooth a bit rough, which gives a better surface for your porcelain veneers to adhere properly. We glue the veneers individually using composite resin cement to secure them in place.
Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting. They do not change color or stain even through years of wear.
Composite Resin Veneers
Unlike porcelain veneers that require filing down your tooth and wearing a temporary veneer, composite resin veneers can usually be done in a single visit. We select a colour for the veneer that matches your natural teeth for a seamless result.
Our dental team puts a mild chemical on the surface of your tooth to give it a rougher texture which helps the composite resin stick firmly to your enamel. We add a layer of composite resin and shine a bright light on your tooth to help it harden. We add several more layers, ensuring that they harden properly before adding the next layer of composite resin. Once the last layer hardens, we shape and polish your tooth so it looks natural and smooth.
Circumstances We Do Not Suggest Dental Veneers
There are certain situations where veneers are not a suitable treatment option.
Our dentists will not suggest this treatment if they are concerned about any issues with your oral health. Some instances where you should not get veneers in Berkhamsted may include:
- Patients with periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Patients with tooth decay
- Patients whose natural enamel has worn away
- Patients missing too much of their natural tooth
In some of these situations, patients may be able to get veneers after their other oral health issues are treated first. If veneers are not a possibility, our dental team will advise you on other dental treatments that are a better solution for you.
Caring for Veneers
There is not any special care required for veneers Berkhamsted, simply keep up with your daily oral healthcare by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. We recommend that you continue to come to see us twice a year for your dental check-ups, where we examine your teeth, gums, and check the veneers.
If you are interested in learning more about the cost of porcelain or composite resin veneers, give us a call or browse our fee schedule at our dentist in Berkhamsted.
Veneers Berkhamsted FAQs
How long do veneers last?
With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for up to 15 years before you need to think about getting them replaced.
This time varies depending on how well you look after them, and some other factors, including whether or not you grind your teeth and the type of veneers you opt for.
Composite resin veneers last most patients between 5-7 years, whilst porcelain veneers have a much longer lifespan of up to 15 years.
To extend the life of your veneers as much as possible, be sure to keep up a good oral hygiene routine, making sure to brush and floss twice a day, and steer clear of staining foods and drinks, as well as hard or chewy foods as much as possible.
For more expert aftercare tips, get in touch with our team today!
Does it hurt to get veneers?
When considering a treatment like veneers, it’s only natural to be concerned about whether it’s going to hurt.
As one of the most conservative dental treatments, veneers shouldn’t be painful as such, but a local anaesthetic is recommended to combat any sensitivity during the procedure, as some patients can find this uncomfortable.
For a few weeks after your treatment, you may experience light tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking hot and cold foods and applying pressure to the teeth. You may also notice gum irritation and slight soreness, but this shouldn’t last for more than a few days and is nothing that some over-the-counter painkillers – like paracetamol or ibuprofen – can’t fix.
If you experience extreme sensitivity or discomfort following your treatment, book a follow-up appointment with us as soon as possible.
Can I get my teeth whitened with veneers?
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to alter the shade of your veneers with teeth whitening after they’ve been placed, and if they’ve become stained, you’ll have to get them replaced to correct the colour.
If you want your remaining natural teeth whitening to match the colour of your veneers, it’s best to do this beforehand, so we can create the most accurate shade match for your veneers and the most seamless smile.
To avoid staining, avoid drinks like tea, coffee and red wine, and tomato-based sauces as much as possible.
You should also try to quit smoking and keep up a good oral hygiene routine – brushing and flossing twice daily and using mouthwash.
Can I pay for veneers in Berkhamsted on finance?
Veneers aren’t known for their affordability and are one of the more pricey dental treatments.
Prices for dental veneers in Berkhamsted start from £925 per tooth – with prices climbing higher depending on how many veneers you need and the material you choose.
Here at Admiral House Dental Practice, we believe that everyone should have access to high-quality dental treatments and that no patient should let the cost hold them back from achieving their dream smile.
This is why we offer a range of finance options, to help you cover the cost of your treatment in smaller, more affordable monthly instalments.