To achieve a straighter smile, we may advise patients to consider having a brace fitted. However, if the length of orthodontic treatment is a concern, some patients can be offered a quicker way to achieve results – veneers.
Veneers consist of a layer of tooth coloured material that is created and shaped to fit over the top or tip of the tooth to improve its appearance. This can be used to enhance the colour and shape of teeth, disguise their position if they are out of line and close any visible spaces between the teeth.
Traditionally, dentists would need to make space for this cover by shaving down the tooth to make it smaller. However, this process means removing healthy tooth tissue and at The Raglan Suite, our primary aim is to enhance your smile without damaging any healthy teeth. So with the advantage of the latest technology and techniques, we can offer veneering options that involve little or no preparation to the tooth, so that it’s left in its natural state underneath the veneer.
Veneers can be used to create beautiful, natural smiles, without detriment to tooth structure.
Direct Composite Veneers
Direct Composite Veneers involve building a veneer directly on the tooth by layering it with a high-grade tooth coloured material. This means that we can sculpt and create beautiful tooth shapes and natural looking smiles without removing any tooth tissue.
At The Raglan Suite we are dentists first and foremost and although we want people to be happy with their smile, primarily we want the teeth to be healthy and remain healthy long-term. As a result, Direct Composite Veneers are becoming increasingly popular as a less invasive and more financially attractive alternative to their porcelain cousins.
Porcelain veneers are still an effective way to achieve a straighter smile, especially as the latest advances in porcelain materials mean they can now be made thinner with less need to cut down the tooth.
Porcelain Veneers are made up layer by layer in the laboratory, like a fine piece of jewellery, and cemented into place onto the tooth. A series of appointments are incorporated into your treatment plan so that you can have an active input into this design stage and your aesthetic goals are achieved.
As porcelain options are made in a laboratory, they are more resistant to staining from food, drink and smoking than the composite alternative. However regular maintenance and review appointments are advised.
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Listen to Dr Kim Taylor discuss veneers on Stray FM Extra